The Liberty High School Drama Department added a major title to its collection this weekend, capturing first place at the International Thespian Society Festival Maryland Conference.
The state competition brings theatre programs together from across the state, all vying for a spot at the national competition in June.
Liberty won that chance with its performance of the J. Robert Wilkins' play "War Letters," a story of sacrifices made by soldiers and their families.
"We have attended the festival for three years now and have only ever placed as high as fifth," said Liberty High Drama Director Tony Cimino.
"This year, the students knew they wanted to win and worked extremely hard for the past two months preparing for festival. I am extremely honored to be working with such dedicated and talented students."
The Liberty Drama Club is no stranger to success. The program has won several Cappies for performances over the past two years, including best play.
The cast from the Liberty High School Thespian Society, the honor society for drama students and the oldest honor society at Liberty High School, will be representing the state of Maryland at the national competition held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The group brings its one-act play to Eldersburg next with performances at Liberty High School on Jan. 12, 13 and 14.
"Our International Thespian Society members are some of the best and brightest drama performers I've seen," said Cimino. "They have worked hard to bring this amazing story to life, and I have no doubt that audiences will be deeply moved."
Liberty also received awards for:
- Best Lighting and Sound
- Best Ensemble Work
- Best Overall Production
- Best Transitions and Pace
- Best Vocal Work
- Best Sets
- Aly Julian - Actress
- Kristen Luther - Actress
In addition to competing with "War Letter," Liberty also had individual students compete at the state festival. The following students received ratings of superior and received an invitation to compete at the National Level:
- Andrew Smith - Set Design for "A Christmas Carol"
- Aly Julian - Acting
Find more information on the Liberty High School Drama Club on its website here.