Belle sits on a fountain holding a book and describing it to another woman in her provincial French village. A production photo from New Albany High School's 2021 production of Beauty and the Beast.

Students from Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska & Wisconsin to be honored on school theatre’s biggest stage.

We are thrilled to announce that productions from six high schools from around the United States have been selected to perform on the main stage at the 2022 International Thespian Festival (ITF).
 
The highly coveted invitation to the main stage is a huge honor for International Thespian Society students. High-caliber productions from across our many chapters are screened each year, and only the top-scoring schools receive an invitation to bring their productions to ITF. This year’s lineup includes three titles never before seen on the ITF main stage and two schools that are showcasing for the first time.
 

ITF 2022 Main Stage Performances

Bradford High School, Troupe 4982
Kenosha, WI
Groundhog Day: The Musical
Director: Holly Stanfield

Lincoln Southwest High School, Troupe 6547
Lincoln, NE
Kinky Boots
Director: Bob Henrichs

New Albany High School, Troupe 4501
New Albany, IN
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Director: Amy Miller

North Broward Preparatory School, Troupe 5880
Coconut Creek, FL
Catch Me If You Can
Director: Brian Edgecomb

Paola High School, Troupe 66
Paola, KS
Bus Stop
Director: Leslie Coats

Washburn Rural High School, Troupe 6193
Topeka, KS
The Book of Will
Director: Maeghan Bishop

A photo of a woman helping two male customers at a diner. A production photo from Paola High School's production of Bus Stop.
Bus Stop | Paola High School | Troupe 66 | Paola, KS

“Being selected for the main stage is always an honor because ITF showcases the best of the best in high school theatre,” said EdTA Chief Content Office Allison Dolan. “For school theatre programs hit so hard by the pandemic, it’s even more special this year, when ITF will celebrate a return to live theatre on a new campus.”

ITF 2022 will take place on the Indiana University (IU) campus in Bloomington June 20-24, 2022. It’s the first time in three years the festival will take place live and in person, after two virtual events due to the pandemic.

It’s also a homecoming of sorts: ITF got its start at IU in 1941 and continued there through 1956. Most recently, the event had a 25-year run at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

The festival also features educational workshops, top one-acts from chapter events, and the Thespy® Awards, the highest level of achievement in school theatre.

Registration for the event is now open.

Lead photo: Beauty and the Beast | New Albany High School | Troupe 4501 | New Albany, IN

This article has been edited since originally published. EdTA originally announced seven schools as part of the line-up and the article now reflects that, due to unforeseen circumstances, one school had to decline appearing onstage in person at ITF.

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