The highlight of February was the Thespian Festival, which took place on the 17th and 18th.  On the first day, The Big Meal took the stage in the One-Act competition and won first place!  Along with bragging rights, the cast and crew now have the opportunity to perform their show at the International Thespian Festival in June in Lincoln, Nebraska. On the second day, Katherine Spicuzza and Naomi Ridley performed solos, and Mandy Durose and Pari Cariaga performed a duet for NIES (National Individual Event Showcase).  NIES gives students the opportunity to perform in order to receive constructive criticism.  If a person receives three superiors, they are given the opportunity to perform at the International Festival.  Katherine was able to wow the judges with her rendition of “Gimme, Gimme” from Thoroughly Modern Millie and now has the chance to sing in Lincoln.  Bravo Katherine!  The Thespian Festival is a great place to learn more about the areas of theater you enjoy the most, but also to expose yourself to something new.  If you didn’t get to attend this year, make sure to go next year.