Hutchinson High School thespians excelled on both an individual basis and as a school during the recent Kansas Thespians Festival in Wichita.
Collectively, HHS Troupe 2277 received the Gold Honor Troupe again this year. The award is given to active troupes who have completed a certain number of projects throughout the year. In order to receive gold, a troupe must:
- Perform five different performances with an audience;
- Have at least three students who have taken on leadership roles within shows and the troupe;
- Done at least three types of marketing/fundraising to promote the department and activities;
- Done at least three types of community service;
- Done at least three types of troupe community building; and
- Provide evidence of Thespian Standards.
Azia Colvin was responsible for documenting and presenting HHS evidence.
There were five students who earn a "superior" rating on their individual events at the festival, thereby making them eligible to compete at the international level in June at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
Students receiving "superior" ratings were:
- Derek Norris: Monologue category
- Jasper Fast: Musical Solo category
- Adriana Owens: Monologue category
- Azia Colvin: Theatre Marketing category
- Gabby Reid: Costume Creation category
Additionally, five other students received "excellent" ratings were:
- Josh Morris: Musical Solo category
- Victoria Owens: Monologue category
- Andrew Voth: Monologue category
- Courtney Snowden: Monologue category
- Claudia Egerstaffer: Monologue category
One of the Salthawks’ creative costume teams earned first place in competition. Members of that team were:
- Isabella Martinez
- Alexis Hoffman
- Adriana Owens
- Courtney Snowden
HHS had three senior auditioners who received more than 60 callbacks from colleges across the nation. Those seniors were:
- Josh Morris
- Andrew Voth
- Derek Norris
Finally, Derek Norris was one of six students in the state to win a $1,000 Kansas Thespian Performance scholarship. He competed with 50 other students for the scholarship.
Tobie Henline is HHS' drama teacher.