Salina South’s Thespian Troupe received a number of troupe and individual honors at the 2020 Kansas State Thespian Festival, including scholarships.

As a group, South’s Thespians once again received a Gold Honor Troupe award for successfully completing the set of criteria, which includes community service activities, fundraisers, touring productions and other activities. Drama Club officers Jacob Sweet, Whitney Turner, Lauren Zimmerman and Mia Dennett put together the Honor Troupe application and president Jacob Sweet presented it during the Honor Troupe interview.

Turner and Andrew Lagerman served as state board members for Kansas Thespians, helping to organize and run the conference. Ashley Carraway and Dennett were alternate members.

Turner received a $1,000 Kansas Thespian Performance Scholarship based on her audition and thespian application. Only 10 students from across the state received scholarships from Kansas Thespians.

Sweet received a "superior" rating on his Individual Event in Solo Musical Theatre, which qualifies him to perform at the International Thespian Festival this summer. Turner, Zimmerman, Carraway and Aidan Heusman received "excellent" ratings on their IE musical theatre performances.

Troupe members also put together a troupe display showcasing the productions and activities from the past year. This year’s theme was “What Thespians Can Do” (using the musical "Waitress" as inspiration), so the troupe used a food prep station for the display area.

“It was a great way to be creative in featuring all the work the troupe has done in the past year,” said Kate Lindsay, theater sponsor.

Throughout the festival, students attended workshops and performances while also participating in college auditions, Individual Events and Late-Night theater activities.

“The Kansas Thespian Festival is a wonderful educational opportunity for theater students across the state,” Lindsay said.

About 1,900 students and sponsors attended this year’s conference.