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Eight Myers Park theater students to take a national stage

Eight Myers Park High School students will compete at the International Thespian Festival June 20-26. Back row: Natalie David, left, Hannah Goforth, Holly David, Camryn Alexander, Ben Dudley. Front row: June Tobin, Anna Farr and John O’Donoghue.
Eight Myers Park High School students will compete at the International Thespian Festival June 20-26. Back row: Natalie David, left, Hannah Goforth, Holly David, Camryn Alexander, Ben Dudley. Front row: June Tobin, Anna Farr and John O’Donoghue. Courtesy of Amanda Roberts

Eight Myers Park High thespians will take their acts to the next stage Monday, when they fly to Lincoln, Neb., to compete at the International Thespian Festival.

Myers Park was the only Charlotte-Mecklenburg school to qualify for 2016 festival, and theater director Amanda Roberts said they never thought they’d make it that far.

“I’m really, really excited,” she said. “I don’t think it’ll have completely sunk in until we’re on the plane.”

The eight students qualified for the nationwide festival after also being the only CMS school to compete at the state level in March. They’re excited to bring the acts they’ve been rehearsing for more than six months to a wider audience.

“It’s going to be a very interesting experience to be able to compete against so many other thespians from all over the country,” rising junior John O’Donoghue said. He’ll be performing two monologues – one from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” and one from “Death of a Salesman.”

O’Donoghue said the troupe didn’t originally have the nationwide competition in mind until their strong showing at the statewide one. He said the opportunity is both exciting and nerve-wracking.

“I’m nervous about representing our school and drama program well,” he said.

Rising sophomore Natalie David will perform a scene from Dennis E. Noble’s “A Game” with two other students. She said rehearsing the same scene for so long has been an interesting experience.

“It’s very abstract, so we can always kind of play it different ways,” David said. “We’ve been exploring it more in depth, exploring our characters and learning more about them.”

Myers Park students also will perform a solo musical act from “Dogfight” and a group musical act from “A Chorus Line.”

Two students will be auditioning for colleges, Roberts said. Scouts from 50 universities will attend, along with representatives from conservatories with opportunities for apprenticeships.

Rachel Herzog: 704-358-5358; @rachel_herzog

International Thespian Festival 2016 Qualifiers

Eight Myers Park High School students will compete at the International Thespian Festival June 20-25: Ben Dudley, June Tobin, Natalie David, Anna Farr, Holly David, Camryn Alexander, Hannah Goforth, John O’Donoghue

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