Tue. Oct 19th, 2021

Leesville’s International Thespian Society (ITS) competed in a statewide competition the weekend of March 18. The troupe won a superior or excellent in all Independent Events, and received six Critic’s Choice awards, as well as winning first place for their one act play.

International Thespian Society is an honors society at Leesville for people involved in the tech and theater department. Members of the club are awarded “points” for the various things that they do within the theater department. Once someone receives enough points, they are allowed to join the club.

At the competition, the troupe won awards for stage management, performance duet scene, performance musical solo, performance monologue, and for their one act play, “The Diviners”. Their many high ranking awards make them eligible for the national ITS competition in Nebraska.

Callie Kirchstein, a senior in ITS, won a Superior award for her short film, “The Letter”, also making her eligible for nationals.

“A majority of the people in our ITS troupe moved onto nationals; I don’t think we’re actually going to go…but it’s a big deal that we were allowed to go to nationals,” said Kirchstein,

Haley McCay, another senior in ITS, won an award for her short film, “The Book”.

“I got ranked superior for [my short film] and then Critic’s Choice; it was their favorite film that was brought to festival,” said McCay.

ITS and the talented individuals involved in the program will hopefully continue their success in the future.

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