Three High School District 214 students were selected to participate in the 2018 Illinois High School Theatre Festival earlier this month.
Buffalo Grove’s Trevor North, Elk Grove’s Nate Kraemer and John Hersey’s Theodore Brown were part of the All-State cast and crew that put together BIG FISH, a story that weaves between the fantasy of Edward Bloom’s tales to his son, Will, and the reality of his mortality.
Approximately 345 students from around the state auditioned and interviewed for the festival’s production. The 109 students chosen for the All-State cast, crew, and pit orchestra represent 57 different high schools throughout the state of Illinois. The production of BIG FISH was held between January 11 and January 13 at Illinois State University in Bloomington.
Now in its 43rd consecutive year, the Illinois High School Theatre Festival (IHSTF) is the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theatre festival in the world, and is produced by the Illinois Theatre Association. Over 4,500 students, teachers, university representatives, exhibitors, and volunteers come together to put on theatrical workshops and various high school productions.
The IHSTF organizes over 150 workshops, whose topics range from acting, musical theatre, auditions, improvisation, technical theatre, directing, stage management, make-up and costumes, lighting and special effects, to name a few. In addition, more than 25 high school productions, both showcases and full-length, from around the state are selected to perform at the IHSTF each year.