Hall High Students "Act Well Their Parts"

The following students in the Hall High School International Thespian Society Troupe #7862 Drama Honor Society under the direction of Helen L. Strickland received numerous honors and recognition at the Arkansas Thespian Festival at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) in Conway, Arkansas on January 23-25, 2014.

Although Hall High School participated in the International Thespian Society One Act Play Competition Preliminaries held at Russellville High School in Russellville, Arkansas on Thursday, October 24, 2013; it is not until the Arkansas State Festival Awards Ceremony held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 that the results of the one act plays preliminaries are officially announced. Hall High School received an Excellent rating for their performance of the one act play "Nobody Famous" by D.M. Larson directed by Drama Teacher and Hall High International Thespian Society Troupe Director Helen L. Strickland.

  • The One Act Play cast Included: Karmen Stephens, Aysha Dixon, Gisela Concepcion, Montrell Lovelace, Kyanna Morgan, Gwendolyn Piggee, and Angelique Cooper.
  • The One Act crew included Miranda Carroll, who operated Lighting, and India Cottrell, who operated Sound. Junior India Cottrell won the All State Crew Award for her work behind the scenes on Sound Design in the One Act Play. Senior Gisela Concepcion, Senior Kyanna Morgan, and Senior Karmen Stephens won All State Cast Awards for their Superior Acting in the One Act Play.

All the students below actually participated in the Arkansas Thespian Festival January 23-25, 2014 and received Excellent ratings in the following events:

  • Senior Miranda Carroll in Solo Musical for her performance of "They Live in You" from the musical, "The Lion King"; Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi and Music and Lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice
  • Senior Gisela Concepcion in Solo Musical for her performance of "Only You" from the musical, "Starlight Express"; Book and Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Senior Angelique Cooper in Solo Musical for her performance of "Home" from the musical, "The Wiz"; Book by William F. Brown and Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
  • Senior Karmen Stephens in Monologue/Solo Acting for her performance of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" by August Wilson and "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe" by Jane Wagner
  • Junior Aysha Dixon and Junior Rayna Hill in Duet Acting for their performance of "The Miracle Worker" by William Gibson
  • Gisela Concepcion and Miranda Carroll in Duet Acting for their performance of "The Odd Couple" (Female Version) by Neil Simon
  • Gisela Conception, Miranda Carroll, and Rayna Hill in Group Musical for their performance of "I Know It's Today" from "Shrek the Musical"; Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay Abaire and Music by Jeanine Tesori

Special Thanks to Performing Arts Teachers, Colton Gilbert and Leigh Walters who traveled with the troupe and served as chaperones during the Thespian Festival.

Everything in which Hall High School theatre students competed in at the 2014 Arkansas Thespian Festival received a rating of Excellence.  This is really an honor of which all of us can be very proud!!! 

International Thespian Society
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association’s student honorary organization. ITS recognizes the achievements of high school and middle school theatre students. Since 1929, EdTA has inducted more than 2 million Thespians into ITS. That number continues to grow, with more than 36,000 students from around the country being inducted each year.

How does ITS work?
A school has a Thespian troupe that is led by a troupe director—usually the school’s theatre teacher. Students earn an invitation to be inducted into the Thespian Society. Having a Thespian Society troupe at your school raises the profile and stature of your theatre program, making both your school and community aware of the activities and success of your students.