Bosque School Thespian Troupe 7148 recently joined other thespians from across the United States at the annual Thespian Nation Live event. Students participated in acting and tech workshops, showcased their skills in performances and competitions, networked with other thespians, and learned about all aspects of theatre like special effects makeup, costuming, lighting, and different performance styles.
Peter ‘21 served as a presenter for the voiceover workshop, where he showcased his voice acting skills. Other students competed in Individual Events, also known as Thespys, and participated in virtual workshops. During one of these Thespys, Dayle ‘22 placed second in Technical Theatre Design for her The Little Prince set design.
“I am really excited that I placed again this year,” Dayle exclaimed. “I spent a lot of time researching and working on my set design, and it is really gratifying to see that it paid off.” As a junior, this is Dayle’s second year placing in the event. “I participated in the set design competition last year, and I had such a good time doing it that I thought that I should do it again,” Dayle explained. However, with the pandemic, the event looked a lot different this year. Instead of presenting to actual judges, participants had to add the extra step of making a video presentation about their submission.
Dayle’s design featured circular platforms that were difficult to execute but helped establish a “whimsical vibe,” and a little airplane that was challenging to make, but an essential part of The Little Prince storyline. Although creating designs can be difficult, Dayle is up for the challenge. “I love reading through a play and being able to create the exact set that I imagined in my head,” she said, “There's something about the creative expression about making something that I have always loved.”
Dayle is an active member of Tech Club and is currently stage managing the school’s Mainstage production of Macbeth. She is certain that design is in her future in some form or another.
Thespian Nation Live was an excellent learning experience for our students. Dayle ‘22, Peter ‘21, and every other Bosque School thespian that attended the event represented the best of our school. Ms. Bode expressed, “The theatre family is strong at Bosque School, and we are so proud to be able to share our work with the community.”