Mount Carmel Academy is one of eight schools honored with an invitation to perform on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival (ITF), the nation's leading high school theatre festival, at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln from June 25-30. The invitations are based on productions that were adjudicated last fall.
Mount Carmel will perform "Silent Sky," the story of Henrietta Leavitt, a female astronomer who transcended her job as a Harvard "computer" (data entry clerk) to make significant, groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of space.
The event, in its 55th year, brings together more than 4,000 high school drama students and their teachers for a weeklong immersion in workshops; interaction with colleges, industry leaders, and Broadway professionals; and opportunities to be inspired by the best high school theatre in the nation.
The highly coveted invitation signals achievement of superior work in theatre according to EdTA's Director of Educational Programs Nancy Brown. "It is a real honor," she explains, "because we send screening teams out all across the U.S. and Canada during the school year and only 11 schools [three more will be chosen in the spring] will be selected to present their shows on the main stage. These Thespian troupes have earned a slot among those honored few."