Liberty Tops Competition at International Thespian Society Festival

The students took home the honors for the first time this weekend.

The 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

Valerie Bonk January 10, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Thank you for your comment. We cover several Century High School events, including their drama productions. If you send me some information on Century's awards I will be more than happy to post it. You can also post awards and announcements yourself here: http://eldersburg.patch.com/search/announcements or send me an e-mail with the information at Valerie.Bonk@patch.com.
jean January 10, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Actually,Patch readers see more on Century High than Liberty! Was so happy to be seeing some of the great things going on at Liberty.
Kate Cowart January 13, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Kendra, ever think it's because Liberty is doing great things right now? That's great that Century got some awards as well, but please don't dull the shine of this school going to nationals by being bitter over who was and wasn't mentioned. Be happy!
Alissa January 13, 2012 at 05:20 PM
There is only so much space to share the many accomplishments of the various institutions in the area. What's awesome is that there is so much to celebrate in this area. We are blessed with and work hard for great schools chock full of great kids, teachers and coaches.


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