Troupe 1000 excels at thespian festival

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published December 14, 2016

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — More than 60 students from the Warren Consolidated School of Performing Arts Thespian Troupe 1000 attended the 2016 Michigan Thespian Festival at Saginaw Valley State University Dec. 2-3. The students competed in events, attended workshops, and 11 WCSPA seniors earned more than $700,000 in college scholarships.

At the festival, the students learned from industry professionals and met and worked with staff and students from other schools. In addition, the WCSPA Thespian Troupe 1000 students competed in individual event competitions in all areas of performance and technical theater.

Out of 62 entries that included costume design, construction, and solo and group musical theater, 15 entries earned an “excellent” rating from judges, and 47 entries garnered “superior” ratings — the highest rating possible for students in technical or performance events. 

The WCSPA, located at Sterling Heights High School, is a nationally recognized program that specializes in all aspects of theater performance and production. All classes are offered as part of the regular high school curriculum and are open to students from all three district high schools: Sterling Heights, Warren Mott and Cousino.

In addition to the Thespian Festival, two Sterling Heights High School WCSPA seniors attended the Oakland Dance Festival in November, where they auditioned for several college dance programs. Gabrielle Hurst was offered admittance by Grand Valley State University, Ball State University, Hope College and Marygrove College; and WCSPA senior Sarah Greenwald received offers from Western Michigan University, Hope College, Ball State University and Grand Valley State University as well.

For more information about the Warren Consolidated School of Performing Arts, visit www.wcskids.net/wcspa. Online ticket sales for upcoming shows are available at www.ticketracker.com/store/events/218.