At the end of January, Splendora High School's senior theatre art students attended TheatreFest 2017 at Moody Gardens, Galveston. The Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA)'s annual convention offers training and education, theatre and film-related workshops, a playwriting contest, a design contest, and scholarship auditions.
Representing the Splendora Theatre Company were Splendora Early College High School Theatre Director, Kade Lasseigne and students Britney Rogers, Erik Moore, Cortney Rogers, Dawson Culberth, and Amanda Wenzel. Lasseigne and his students attended workshops about all aspects of theatre, volunteered for events, and students auditioned to join college and university theatre departments.
Britney Rogers and Erik Moore went as student volunteers for the convention and seniors Cortney Rogers, Dawson Culberth, and Amanda Wenzel were auditioners. Between the three seniors, a total of 35 colleges and universities expressed interest in the students becoming a part of their programs. Baylor University, University of Incarnate Word, Hardin-Simmons University, University of Nebraska, Santa Fe School of Art and Design, and Texas Tech were among the many schools that took notice of the Splendora thespians.
"To say this experience was successful is an understatement," said Lasseigne. "Our students need these opportunities to go out and follow their dreams. This convention provides that by allowing students to meet college representatives and get a foot in the door to a college theatrical program," added Lasseigne.
In addition to the annual TheatreFest, Theatre Director Lasseigne is already planning for other opportunities. "Next year I plan to have the students audition at the National Thespian Festival. This festival allows students to audition for colleges as well; however, the festival happens in the fall and allows students to make their decisions sooner in the year rather than in the Spring semester."
Lasseigne added, "I am beyond proud and excited for our students. These students are going places and I cannot wait to see the magic they create!"