Each year the CHS Drama Department takes students to the ITS (International Thespian Society) Nebraska Thespian Festival. In this two-and-a-half-day immersive theater experience, students see shows, participate in workshops, learn from keynote speakers/performers/technicians, compete in improv acting and technical challenges, and meet and make friends with theater students from across the state of Nebraska. Funding from the Central High School Foundation allows CHS thespians to attend regardless of their families’ ability to pay.
~30 Students Each Year
Commitment to Closing the Opportunity Gap
While attending this festival students are exposed to a variety of quality theatrical productions and workshops. Prior to the event, they will be engaged with and learning from guest artists from the local community. These experiences are costly and thus not readily available and accessible to students without the extra support that the Central High School Foundation offers.
Translation to College and Career Readiness
Students have opportunities to audition for Nebraska Thespian Scholarships as well as interview/audition for university theater departments while attending the event. In addition, the skills and connections they make with other students and theater artists assist them in networking and preparing for a future in the theater/performing arts/entertainment industry.