CNMI Thespian team brought honors home

By Lori Lyn Lirio

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SEVENTEEN students from the CNMI Team earned superior medals in the recently-concluded International Thespian Festival held in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Western Pacific Director Harold Easton said the team returned from their participation in the ITF, which took place on June 25-30, with outstanding result. He also said the festival was attended by 4,000 students.

“There were students who earned superior medals in the National Individual Events or NIES along with four perfect scores and there was also an outstanding success in the college auditions by our 11th graders,” Easton said in a statement.

The Junior Thespian Team overall results in the NIES:

Jonathan and Lars Wolf – Duet Acting – Superior medals

Juliet Inocencio – Solo Musical Theatre – Excellent Rating

Edgardo and Vladimir Palma – Duet Musical – Excellent Rating

Christine Munar – Monologue – Excellent Rating

The Senior Thespian Technical Team overall results:

Louise Li – Theatre Marketing – Superior medal

Julia Malate – Costume Design – Superior Medal

Ruoxiang (John) Lu – Scenic Design – Excellent Rating

Kaye Ann Obando – Short Film-Animation – Excellent Rating

Michaela Gatdula and Anjenette Jewel Cubangbang– Short Film – Documentary – Excellent Rating

Casey Huliganga and Lance Elayda– Short Film – Good Rating

The Senior Thespian Performance Team overall results:

Elizabeth Rose Jones – Solo Musical Theatre – Superior Medal

Miguel Aninon, Roland Balajadia, Angela Barbo, Eden Conner, Jefferson Cunanan, Donna Galvez, Lesly Ibarra, Leonard Manuel, James Reyes, Charley Sablan, Clarisse Torio, Rinisa Tores -Group Musical – Superior Medals

Su Min (Melody) Woo – Monologue – Excellent Rating

Deirdre Rosete and Kasandra Villegas – Duet Acting – Excellent Rating

Chole Salvosa and Kelvin Wolf – Duet Acting – Excellent Rating

“To achieve these results, our CNMI Thespian Team members had to present their skills in their particular theatrical performance along with hundreds of other Festival participants,” Easton added.

He said both Junior and Senior Team members performed in productions in Festival Got Talent presentations.

“The Senior Team’s theatrical production was part of the Chapter Select Showcase, an invitation only event.”

Moreover, according to Easton, the senior thespians performed as part of the Chapter Select Showcase presentations at the Howell Theatre, a 400-seat traditional style theater venue.

“It should be noted that this is an invitation only event.”

The production was the “The Internet is Distract – Oh Look, A Kitten” by Ian McWethy. It was directed by KHS Coach Joy Jones. Public Relations and Tech support were provided by the CNMI Senior Thespian Tech Team members under the direction of MHS Coach Jonel Alepuyo.

“The production was enthusiastically received by the sellout crowd. The group received a Trophy as recognition of their production,” Easton said.

The junior thespians performed as part of the Freestyle Theatre presentations.

The event was held in the Johnny Carson Theater, a Black Box Theater seating 250. The production was entitled “Lunch” by Shawn Northrip and was directed by DDMS Coach Kristine Wolf. Public Relations and Tech support were provided by the CNMI Senior Thespian Tech Team members.

“Our Junior Thespians did a fantastic job. The juniors are not given special preference. They have to rise to the occasion, and they did,” Easton commented.

The group musical performers also received a trophy after battling with other groups in the Festival Got Talent at the Johnny Carson Theatre.

In an interview, Inocencio described this year ITF as amazing.

“I got to experience everything – from what it felt like to compete in the festival to experiencing amazing classes and watching so many plays.”

She said the best part of her experience was getting to watch the plays that schools put together every night.

“I got to see so many plays, and I felt so many emotions – from sad, to happy, to angry.”

According to Salvosa the ITF experience is a great exposure to the world of theater. Wolf and Cunanan both agreed the ITF provided good workshops which fueled their passion.

“It is an incredible experience with awesome people who inspire you with talent from all over the country,” Obando said.

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Lori Lyn Lirio
Lori Lyn C. Lirio is a veteran newshen having worked for the People's Journal Tonight for more than 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications degree from the Lyceum of the Philippines University. She currently writes for the Marianas Variety, Saipan's number one community paper. .

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