Students inducted into the thespian society

Students Honored at International Thespian Society Missouri State Conference

MICDS was well represented at the International Thespian Society Missouri State Conference January 7-9. A total of 47 Upper School students traveled to Kansas City to compete, perform and audition. The conference offered students the opportunity to compete in individual events, tech challenges, the “Improv Olympix,” “Page to Stage” for playwrights, and “6 in 60” One-Act shows.

Our talented students earned high honors.
In the individual competition, the following students earned a Superior rating (the highest a school achieve and a rare accomplishment):
Molly Burgess ’16, Madi Cupp-Enyard ’16 – Duet Singing
Kaylie Carpenter ’18 – Stage Management
Omar Jawaid ’16 – Lighting Design
Hope Keeley ’17, Mary Beth Hopkins ’17 – Duet Acting
De’Ja Williams ’17 – Solo Acting

The Rams’ Improv team of Zach Bukhshtaber ’16, Louisa Goldman ’16, Mollie Lipkowitz ’16, Will McDowell ’16 and Andre Parker ’16 earned perfect scores in the second and third rounds of competition.

Zachary Bukhshtaber ’16, Jack Riordan ’17 and Abigail Schroeder ’16 were asked to perform their one-act, La Mouche.

Abbie Driver ’17, Mary Beth Hopkins ’17 and De’Ja Williams ’17 were invited to perform in the All-State show Iphigenia, Megan Currie ’18 will be on crew, and Kaylie Carpenter ’18 will be the stage Manager. They will perform this full-length play with other students from across the state at next year’s conference, and will participate in rehearsals over the next year.

“I am proud of all 47 students who went on this journey with the department,” says Carolyn Hood, Upper School drama teacher. “I am proud of those who competed, performed, auditioned and especially for each and every one of those 47 who were engaged in learning, sharing and growing as artists. Their dedication is awe-inspiring.”