Recently the Knightdale High School International Thespian Society has qualified for Internationals in Lincoln, Nebraska. We won Critics' Choice and best overall Group Acting at our state festival this past March, but in order to go to in June we need to raise a sum of $10,000 for lodging, registration, and transportation. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for such a diverse group of young teens. Due to the nature of arts funding in America and the low socioeconomic status from which we derive it is up to our group to find the means to fund our own trip. All funds raised will go directly into offsetting the costs of the trip. If for any reason we are unable to attend due to financial reasons the more will go to create an endowment in funding any future national opportunities. For many of our students this will be the first opportunity that they have to travel outside of the state and will allow them to participate in collegiate interviews and scholarship opportunities. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to keep this dream alive! Every donation counts, no matter how small.
We come from a low income community, and are struggling as a group trying to find available opportunities to raise money for the cause. We found out that we were eligible for internationals on the evening of March 24th, 2017, and since then have been working hard to make this happen through a variety of fundraising efforts. We have until May 1st, 2017 to register for the competition, transportation will be a later worry and an individual expense but is getting more expensive as we wait.
The Piece: We won our accolades and awards in competition for presenting a selection from Rich Orloff's Vietnam 101: The War on Campus. It is a socially reflective piece that is as much about our past as it is about the current struggles we face in America. Students took on heavy topics such as racism, political discord, civil unrest and the freedoms that we take for granted far to often as Americans.
This trip would include several educational benefits for our entire troupe and is a once in a lifetime opportunity. As troupe 7149 is a very diverse group and are all proud friends and we have been collectively chosen as some of the top theatre students at Knightdale High School and in the state of North Carolina to participate in our national competitions, below is a short biography for each student:
Christopher Cates (16): President; Chris is a junior who has gone from main-stage actor to head stage manager. He was inducted into the International Thespian Society in the spring of his freshman year. His biggest accomplishment in our theatre program is going from treasurer his sophomore year to president his junior year. He is an advocate for theatre and the arts at KHSCD as a whole. He is applying to UNC Chapel Hill and UNC School of the Arts where he hopes to get his B.F.A in Stage Management and then get his M.A in Stage Management and go on to stage manage Broadway productions and later on teach high school theatre so that he can help students realize their talents and give them new aspirations.
Lilah El-Halabi (17): Vice President; Lilah is a junior and has participated in every main-stage show as a technical director, student director, and sound designer. She was inducted into International Thespian Society spring of her freshman year, and has built her way through technical and acting stages to be able to student direct, "Falling" our annual awareness play of 2017 which featured a true family story reenactment to exemplify the suffers of autism. Asides performance she has created her own club at KHSCD that features creative writing at all forms, to bring light to the art of pencil and paper, for students that have trouble speaking their feelings. She plans to attend North Carolina State University or UNC Chapel Hill and major in Journalism & Media to continue her love for writing, and self expression.
Tatyana Williams (18): Historian; Tatyana is a senior at KHSCD, she has been involved with the Knightdale theatre department all 4 years of high school. Aside from theatre she participates in Student Government and National Honors society. She is also a staff writer for Affinity Magazine. After high school she plans on attending UNCW where she will pursue a major in film and minor in journalism. She hopes to become a tv writer/ journalist.
Kiara Bush (16): Secretary; Kiara is a sophomore at KHSCD and this is her second year apart of the Knightdale theatre department and was inducted spring of freshman year. She has shown tremendous growth on and off stage, supporting and bringing in new people to the theatre department with open arms. She is a very well rounded student, showing interest in various art styles, math, language, and psychology. She isn't sure yet on where she would like to go, or what to do, but she is starting to see a future in studying psychology.
Miriam Harb (18): Senior at KHSCD, that spends her time behind the scenes but still brightening up the stage as a lighting designer and technician. She is a strong representation of ITS Troupe 7149 since her induction in spring of her sophomore year. Her dedication and presence is what makes our theatre department, her underlying smart wit and humor brings smiles, and a safe family environment. She plans on attending Wake Tech for two years and transferring to a university in the fall of 2019 to soon become an aspiring middle school math teacher.
Allison Manning (17): Senior at KHSCD, that has been apart of the Knightdale Theatre Department all four years and was inducted into International Thespian Society spring of her sophomore year. She has also served as Historian of ITS her junior year. Her acting abilities on stage have grown at a remarkable to rate, and has grown accustomed to every role given with grace. Off stage Allison is an avid reader and mathematician. Being excepted into North Carolina State University and UNC Chapel Hill, she has strong academic abilities and school spirit. Allison hopes to compete in Nebraska to end a great run in the Knightdale theatre organization.
Ken Whisler (Teacher and Advisor): Mr. Whisler has been participating in theater since he was in high school in a variety of capacities. He specializes in technical theater, stage management, and lighting design. As both a professional technician and a full time public school educator he realizes the value of such unique experiences that last a lifetime. Celebrating our students is an investment in our youth as well as our future. Please feel free to reach out to him with any questions, comments, concerns or fundraising opportunities at [email protected]
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Kenneth Whisler (Advisor):
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