Good Show! UCS students earn nearly $500,000 in scholarship offers, 86 top awards at Michigan festival
Good Show! UCS students earn more than $500,000 in scholarship offers, 86 top awards at Michigan festival
Posted on 12/22/2017
Two separate photos of theatre groups posing in front of a stairwayUtica Community Schools students earned nearly $500,000 in scholarship offers and 86 top awards at the 2017 Michigan Thespian Festival.

In addition, a Henry Ford II High School senior was named among Michigan’s top ten theatre students.

“The success of our UCS theatre students at the Michigan Thespian Festival demonstrates that they perform at levels that match any professionally staged program,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “We are very proud that our programs provide the community an opportunity to enjoy quality productions that showcase the incredible talents of our Fine Arts students.”

More than 120 theatre students from Eisenhower, Henry Ford II, Stevenson and Utica high schools attended the annual festival in Grand Rapids, held December 14-16. Approximately 1,400 students from across Michigan attended the festival.

Students had the opportunity to attend professional workshops, meet with college representatives, view performances and compete in events that were judged by college and industry professionals.

UCS students who auditioned for college programs received a combined total of approximately $523,000 in scholarship offers.

Also, Henry Ford II High School senior Cassidy Andrusz was named a State Thespian, recognizing her as one of Michigan’s top ten theatre students and earning a $500 scholarship award. This is the second time in three years a Henry Ford II High School student earned the award.

Students from all four high schools collectively earned 52 Superior awards and 34 Excellent ratings.

UCS theatre students are under the direction of teachers Dave Springer of Eisenhower High School, Kirstin Carolin of Henry Ford II, Mark Johnson of Stevenson High School and Joel Kaczmarczyk of Utica High School.