What is a Thespian?
To be eligible for lifetime Thespian membership, students in grades nine through twelve must attend a school with an active Thespian troupe and complete a sufficient quantity and quality of work in theatre arts. A one-time induction fee is required, and troupes may assess additional participation fees at their discretion. Thespians may earn additional honors for work done after induction. Most Thespian benefits last through grade twelve. Graduated members become Thespian alumni.
The International Thespian Society is an honor society for theatre arts students; it is not a secret society or club. Thespians may not be inducted based on election or review by other students. The troupe constitution and all membership requirements must be readily available to any interested parties, and all troupe activities are subject to the oversight of the school administration.
To earn Honor Troupe status this year, a student-led 10-minute round table presentation of no more than 2 students will present to a panel of judge at Leadership Conference in September. Schools must present at leadership to be considered an honor troupe. The results will be announced at state conference.
At the 2018 Leadership Conference, two thespians (Sabria Bender and Josh Neighbors) presented an Honor Troupe binder to judges.
Missouri Thespian Conference
The Missouri State Conference is held each year in early January from a Thursday to a Saturday. At this conference, students can attend workshops directed by educators and working professionals and see mainstage productions performed by schools from around the state. Every two years, the location of the conference switches between St. Louis and Kansas City.
Students can also participate in Individual Events, which are intended to be an educational program that offers Conference delegates the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on prepared theatrical material. The goal for participating students is to find their talent, strengths, and weaknesses and to grow as a theatre artist.
At the 2018 Conference, Alyssa Boning (c/o 2018), Sam Mckeown (Senior), and Erin Riley (Senior) received Superiors for their Technical Presentations on Stage Management, Costume Design, and Lighting Design, respectively. They were invited to attend the International Thespian Festival in June 2018 to compete among other Thespians from around the world.
Troupe 5022 participated Page to Stage, which is an opportunity for young playwrights to submit and work on an original piece at the conference, which included Ally Butler (c/o 2018) and Haley Emelko (c/o 2018) in the cast, and Alyssa Boning (c/o 2018) as Stage Manager. Troupe 5022 also participated in the Short Play Festival, where Sabria Bender (Senior) and Josh Neighbors (Sophomore) performed a scene from The Glass Menagerie.
At the 2017 Conference, Catherine Adams (c/o 2017) and Sydney Scott (c/o 2017) both received Superiors for their Technical Presentations on Lighting Design and Set Design, respectively.
International Thespian Festival
Every summer, thousands of middle school and high school Thespians bring their love of all things theatre to the International Thespian Festival, a celebration of student achievement in the performing arts. Organized by the Educational Theatre Association and hosted at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Festival is a one-of-a-kind, week-long immersion experience in singing, dancing, acting, designing, directing, creating, writing, and memory-making.
Festival features workshops presented by theatre professionals, individual and group performances, programs for technical theatre students, and opportunities to audition for college admission and scholarships. Whether you're just beginning your theatrical journey, a seasoned senior with an impressive resume and great headshot, or an educator seeking enriching professional development, the International Thespian Festival has something to offer everyone.
At the 2018 Festival, Alyssa Boning (c/o 2018) and Sam Mckeown (Senior) were awarded Superiors on their Technical Presentations on Stage Management and Costume Design, respectively. Ally Butler (c/o 2018) interviewed for scholarships and received the Bob and Marti Fowler Future Theatre Educator Award and the Melba Day Henning Theatre Education Scholarship. These scholarships totaled to $7,000 to go towards her education.
At the 2017 Festival, Catherine Adams (c/o 2017) was awarded a Superior for her Technical Presentation on Lighting Design and a Thespian Scholarship from the Educational Theatre Association.
Mehlville Drama Club
Sam Mckeown - President
Sabria Bender - Vice President
Once a month, Drama Club has a meeting located in the Drama Center usually from 2:30-3:30 to play games and learn about upcoming events.
2018-2019 Drama Club Meeting Dates:
Mehlville Tech Club
Erin Riley - President
Jillian Podgorny - Vice President
Once a month, Tech Club has a meeting located in the Drama Center usually from 2:30-3:30 to listen to special guests and learn unique skills.
Junior Thespian Troupe
A Junior Thespian troupe is an honor society that recognizes and rewards excellence among the participants in the theatre arts program. Induction into the International Thespian Society in high school is an honorable achievement, which the troupe director should promote to their students. Meetings, induction ceremonies, and other activities are open to interested students, parents, and administrators to emphasize the honorary nature of the troupe.
Activities of the Junior Thespian troupe and the school’s theatre program are most beneficial when they are coordinated to complement and reinforce each other. Additionally, many schools find that cooperation with other departments results in a more rewarding program. This cooperation helps promote the theatre arts within the school community as well as introduce new students to the pride in putting on a full-scale production.
Junior Troupes in the District
Washington Middle School
Margaret Buerkle Middle School
Other Troupe Shows
If you are a part of another Troupe who is interested is a ticket swap or a bonding event with our two Troupes, please email Sabria Bender at email@example.com