Tewksbury High Walks Off The Stage With State Championship For Theater
Mar 14, 2015 01:53PM
By Bill Gilman
Members of the TMHS cast of "Treasure Island."
Tewksbury Memorial High School Theater Company recently earned the “Chapter Select” honor at the Massachusetts International Thespian Society One Act Festival for their original silent adaptation of Treasure Island.
The state’s highest theatrical honor, “Chapter Select” is awarded to the state’s top production and has the opportunity to represent Massachusetts at the International Festival in June in Nebraska.
In addition to winning the state honor, Treasure Island tied with the North Reading Masquer’s production, The Hound of the Baskervilles, for the “Audience Choice Award,” the state’s other top honor.
“Our hard work, and the dedication of the entire team of 54 students made it possible for us to achieve this,” said stage manager Allison Carey. "Not only the win, but the entire experience was so rewarding! Everybody had fun and put on a great show. We're all very proud!"
Because of their hard work, the team also went home with awards for excellence in stage combat and non-verbal storytelling. Additional awards were given to the leaf ensemble and build crew for their contributions to the production.
Having chartered a Massachusetts chapter of International Thespian Society, a prestigious theatre organization that strives to promote theatre in the community, by providing an educational environment for students of the stage, Tewksbury hosted the first State Championship, and coincidentally triumphed.
"To host the event and to win was very special," said senior Emilee Clapp, TMHS Drama Club president. "Everyone was so excited."
Members of the TMHS Theater Company