Bullis students Anita Chen '23, Amelie Chu '24, Victoria Marshall '23, and Sam Pepper '24 attended the annual Maryland State Thespian Festival on February 25 - 26 at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts in Owings Mills, Maryland. The festival brought together 40 high schools from across the state for a two-day long festival honoring student achievement in theatre. Initially scheduled for January, the festival was postponed due to COVID. For this reason, many of our students were unable to attend in person as it fell during exams.
Allison Berman '22 (who was unable to attend), Victoria, and Sam served as Student Thespian Officers (STO), which are student leaders that represent and serve as the voice of their fellow Maryland Thespians. Victoria and Sam provided leadership during the festival, participated in workshops, raised funds for charity, and networked with their fellow students. Victoria was elected President of the STOs this year, and she had the opportunity to speak to the entire delegation of Thespians during the opening and closing ceremonies.
Four Bullis students submitted performance and design work for the International Thespian Excellence Awards (Thespys® for short). These awards recognize the highest level of achievement in school theatre performance, technical theatre, writing, and filmmaking. This educational program celebrates the work of theatre students, allowing them to receive constructive feedback. Students submitted video presentations for judging.
- Charlie Yang '23 submitted a scenic design for Dracula and received an Excellent rating.
- Anita Chen '23 submitted a scenic design for Narnia and received a Good rating.
- Akshara Santoshkumar '23 submitted a solo musical theatre performance and received an Excellent rating.
- Victoria Marshall '23 submitted two solo musical theatre performances and received Superior ratings, qualifying her to compete at the International Thespian Festival this June.
Victoria also received three college scholarships: The American Musical and Dramatic Academy; $1,000 from The University of Maryland Baltimore County; and $10,000 from The New York Conservatory of the Dramatic Arts.
Eleven Bullis students received the All-State Thespians Award 2022; Lily Bass '22, Allison Berman '22, Charlotte Caine '22, Logan Dross '22, Julia Evans '22, Josselyn Lee '22, Victoria Marshall '23, Paige Merril '22, Peri Perkins '22, Charles Sims '22, and Charlie Yang '23. To be recognized as an All-State Thespian is a distinct and monumental achievement. This honor is offered when honorees receive recognition during the closing awards ceremony and an achievement medal to commemorate the occasion.
Josselyn Lee '22 was honored with the Distinguished Senior Thespians Award, which aims to acknowledge a senior Thespians significant contributions to their Thespian Troupe and their entire school community. This award honors those individuals who have demonstrated an unwavering dedication to the International Thespian Society and their high school theatre programs.