The city of Holland took over the 2017 Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association (MIFA) State Competitive Theatre Championship at the Stage Theatre Festival at Charlotte Performing Arts Center, on February 18, 2017.
The city of Holland took over the 2017 Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association State Competitive Theatre Championship this past weekend.
The event took place at the Stage Theatre Festival at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, on Saturday, Feb. 18.
The Holland High School Theater Department was awarded two state championships in Division 1 at the festival and took home a third award for backstage management.
In Division 2, Holland Christian High School was awarded first place in the Main Stage division for its production of “Lend Me a Tenor.” Holland Christian High School was also awarded the People’s Choice award, which is voted on by the peers for their favorite performance.
HHS’s first award was the Main Stage division, which they have now won 19 times. Its production of “Triumph of Love” was awarded 285 points, making it the Division 1 state champion and the highest-scored show of the main stage event among all shows in all divisions.
The team was also named the Division 1 champion in the Studio Theatre State Competition for their production of “Agnes of God.” Holland High School is the only school to ever win both events in the same year.
Holland High Theater was also given the Golden Truck Award, which director Kevin Schneider said goes to the Division 1 school that best exemplifies professionalism and efficiency in its back-stage work, including load in, load out and backstage costume changes, technical set up and running of a show.
“We always talk about ways to get students to push themselves and to reach higher, these kids do it every day,” Schneider said. “Taking things apart, performance and technical aspects, making them better, problem solving when we are on the road in new spaces and new evaluators, explaining their choices and learning from feedback and all of this theatre competition. These kids are pretty amazing.”
The award continues the success of Schneider who has now won 20 state championships in his 30 years at the school.
Schneider said the students have been training for these performances since they returned from Christmas break and they had three weeks of rehearsals before the show opened.
The path to the championship for both schools started at the district level and then went to the regional level. After winning, the schools then had the chance to perform at the state level.
The HHS competitive theatre students will now be performing their two plays on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Holland High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets for these encore performances can be purchased at www.hollandpublicschools.org.
Holland Christian High School will also be performing their play on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Holland Christian High School and tickets can be purchased at https://hchs.ludustickets.com/.
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