Bear Stage Theatre Company Scores at International Festival

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    July 13, 2017
    (Bastrop)  – Bastrop High School's thespian troupe, the Bear Stage Theatre Company, broke new ground at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, held June 19-25. Although students from Bastrop have qualified before, this is the first time in district history that our students have been able to attend and compete at this prestigious festival. Students spent the week in competitions, workshops, auditions, and networking.
    The troupe was represented by seven qualifiers in musical theater, including Natasha Cosme-Batista, Grace Monk, Grace Estes, Austin Greenwell, Jordan Scott Stephenson, and Erinn St. Clair. The students scored straight 3s (rating of Excellent) from the judges with their performance of "No Me Diga" from Broadway's In the Heights, winner of the 2008 Tony award for best musical.
    Zoe Picciandra, an acting qualifier, had ballots returned of 3,4,3 (ratings of Excellent and Superior) on her solo performance. In addition, Zoe auditioned for a slate of colleges and universities from across the country, receiving several offers including expedited admission into resident Bachelor of Arts programs, waived out-of-state tuition, and a $5,000 scholarship.  
    “We are so proud of the efforts of these members of the Bear Stage Theatre Company,” said Bastrop ISD Fine Arts Director Chico Portillo. “They are setting the bar high for those who follow. The BHS theater staff deeply appreciates the opportunity to perform and compete on a prominent national stage.”
    The Bear Stage Theatre Company plans several productions for the coming school year, including An Evening With Stars, which will be a student showcase of scenes and songs. The troupe will start their season with a performance of A Little Shop of Horrors, scheduled to open at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Performing Arts Center in October. The troupe will also compete at this year’s Texas State Thespian Festival in November.
    Bastrop ISD is located 30 miles southeast of Austin and serves more than 10,500 students from the communities of Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Red Rock, Rockne, Paige and other rural areas of Bastrop County.
    Kristi Lee, Executive Director of Communications & Community Services, (512) 772-7106