FSHS Thespian “Theatre In Our Schools” Month

Fort Scott High School Celebrated Theatre in Our Schools Month in March

Fort Scott, KS Apr. 1, 2019— Fort Scott High School celebrated Theatre in Our Schools (TIOS) Month throughout March. The Thespian troupe planned a number of activities for both students and the community and travelled around the state to perform.

The troupe partnered with Fort Scott Community College to host a dinner theatre production of “Prescription Murder” at Ellis Performing Arts Center with all proceeds donated to the FSHS Thespian trip to the International Thespian Festival this summer. Thespian troupe leaders attended the Theatre Education Advocacy Day at the capitol in Topeka on March 11 to meet with Representative Trevor Jacobs and other state student leaders. They entertained the state house with a rendition of “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman with junior Mackenzie Peoples singing in the main ensemble. State Thespian Officers, including junior Mesa Jones from FSHS, presented to the House of Representatives, recognizing the importance of theatre education in our schools.

The Thespian Improv Troupe performed at Comedy City in Kansas City, MO at Operation Show twice in March. FSHS also presented the spring play “The Curious Savage” on the high school stage on March 15 and 16. Additionally, this past weekend, troupe director Angie Bin took Fort Scott Middle School students to the KS Jr. Thespian Festival at Johnson County Community College where they attended workshops and watched an Improv Show by Comedy City. Bin and sophomore Sage Hill led five sessions of a workshop entitled, “Unlocking the Mystery of Immersive Theatre” featuring the script FSHS students wrote for the Fort Scott Haunted Trolley Tours in the fall.

FSHS is the home of ITS Troupe 7365, the nationwide high school drama honorary society planning TIOS activities. TIOS is a chance for students, parents, communities, school boards, and elected officials to become familiar with the benefits of school theatre participation, which include development of the 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. 

To see ITS Troupe 7365, and the FSHS drama program in action, come to the next performance, of the Improv Troupe Comedy Night on April 27 at 7 p.m. You can also support the troupe by donating to their annual FSHS Thespian Rummage Sale which takes place on Apr. 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Apr. 20 from 8 a.m. until noon on the high school stage (please enter through the NW doors). Donations can be brought to the high school or you may contact Bin for pick-up. The troupe performs their original one-act plays featuring fractured fairy tales on April 29 at 7 p.m. in the HS Auditorium, followed by The Golden Thespie Awards Banquet. Young community members can experience the chance to be a thespian themselves at the Tiger Drama Camp on May 28 through June 7. Registrations are available at Buck Run. More information on all events is available at the Fort Scott High School Thespian Facebook page.

Theatre in Our Schools Month (TIOS) is a grassroots effort to educate everyone about the benefits of having theatre in the schools, and to draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. The campaign is jointly sponsored nationally by the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE), the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), and the International Thespian Society (ITS).

For more information about TIOS visit schooltheatre.org/programs/tios and follow
#TIOS19 and #TheatreinOurSchools on social media.

FSHS Thespians visit the capitol for Theatre Education Advocacy Day. Back row (l to r): Ivy Bailey, Carlee Studyvin, Ashanti Green, Sage Hill, Angie Bin. Front (l to r): Trevor Jacobs, Mackenzie Peoples, Christina Ramirez, Wynnter Snyder (PSU student teacher).

FSMS attends the Jr. Thespian Festival: (l to r) Cadence Tuck, Italeigh Harding, Lexi Hill, Kaitlyn Leavell, Sage Hill (FSHS), Elizabeth Moore, Beana Moore.

FSHS Thespian Vice President and State Thespian Office Mesa Jones stands two students to the right of the podium as KS Thespians is recognized in the KS House of Representatives

FSHS Thespian Improv Troupe performs at Operation Show at Comedy City in KCMO. L to R: Devin Stanley, Mason Moore, Christina Ramirez, Anthony Russo, Dominic Cannon, Jo Goodbody.


FSHS presents “The Curious Savage.” Above (L to R): Addy Labbe, Mary Gladbach, Hunter Adamson. Below ( L to R): Mary Gladbach, Dominic Cannon, Alyx Brooks, Jo Goodbody, Daniela Belcuore, Sage Hill, Karina Kantilal.

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