The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the honor society for high school theatre students. Membership is granted for work in the theatre arts. Students earn Thespian points based on the quality and quantity of work they perform in theatre. Inductees must earn 10 points.
The Garfield Thespians troupe (#5419) is run entirely by students, who select the program each year for “5 Plays, 5 Days” and two “Dramatic Paws” productions, as well as choreographing a number for the annual Lip-Sync Contest at the Washington State Thespian Festival.
Garfield students produce, direct, stage manage, and perform all Thespian productions. Rehearsals are held during lunch or after school.
5 Plays, 5 Days
Five days from script selection to performance–this set of one-act plays is specifically for freshmen who want to get involved with theatre at Garfield, so come try out! It’s a fun way to start off the year!
Dramatic Paws (DPs)
Dramatic Paws is a showcase of one-act plays, short scenes, skits, and monologues. Club officers choose a theme for each Dramatic Paws, and any club member who wishes to direct may submit a script for review. Auditions for Dramatic Paws occur at the beginning of each semester, and student directors cast and rehearse their chosen plays.
Performances are Thursdays and Fridays after school. Students perform in the Black Box Theatre and tickets are just $2. Check the calendar for upcoming dates.
Washington State Thespian Events
Each fall, some of the Garfield Theatre students elect to compete in IE (Individual Event) Festival Northwest, a one-day event held at Mountlake Terrace High School. Students who participate in the Northwest IEs are eligible to compete in IEs at the Washington State Thespian Festival in the spring. Students must be registered by a teacher, so talk to Mr. Anderson if you’re interested. STaGe covers all registration fees and students provide their own transportation.
Each spring the Garfield Theatre students attend the Washington State Thespian Festival, a three-day event in either Ellensburg or Bellingham. The festival is a place to meet other high school theatre students, attend workshops, showcase their work in progress, and compete for scholarships and awards. All students who participate in Spring Musical are strongly encouraged to attend, and more information will be available at the parent meeting for Spring Musical. STAGE works hard to keep the cost of the trip reasonable, and provides funding as needed so all students have the opportunity to go.