UCS theatre students earn nearly 160 top awards at state festival
UCS theatre students earn nearly 160 top awards at state festival
Posted on 12/09/2016
Compilation of three theatre troupes

Utica Community Schools students earned more than $420,000 in scholarship offers and nearly 160 awards at the 2016 Michigan Thespian Festival. 

Nearly 140 theatre students from Eisenhower, Henry Ford II, Stevenson and Utica high schools attended the annual festival at Saginaw Valley State University, held December 1 and 3.  Approximately 1500 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.

The seven UCS students who auditioned for college programs received a combined total of approximately $420,000 in scholarship offers.

Also, Utica High School senior Maureen Lamers was offered the first of 15 coveted positions to the Western Michigan University Theatre Program.

All four high schools performed extremely well and collectively earned 98 Superior awards and 58 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.