Just what is a MN Thespian Chapter Conference and what will happen to me if I go there?The MN Thespian Chapter Conference is a gathering of high school students from across Minnesota whereparticipants watch, do and learn. Our primary purpose is to help foster a statewide community of students who arebeing prepared for their journey into theater...whether as a patron, performer, producer, administrator ortechnician. Here's what your two-day conference experience will look like...
Day One: Arriving at Chanhassen High School on Sunday, February 18th, you'll get your Conference RegistrationPacket, filled with interesting information about the conference. We'll all gather in the gym and have a shortwelcome and then the day’s events will begin. You'll be able to participate in workshops, participate in theTech-a-Thon, and hang out and meet folks. You'll emote, run, hide, sing, gesture, listen, and otherwise expressyourself in interesting ways in a series of workshops. Later that day we will have some pizza and probably a dance or a mixer.
Day Two: The next morning, you'll bus over to a location to be determined to start your day of one acts, workshops,performances, socializing, and generally enjoying the experience of being at Conference. After a short openingmeeting in the gymnasium, you are free to seek out and enjoy the activities that you like best. If you want to do anyof the performances or auditions, you'll want to sign up when you register. Here are some of the things you mightdo...Around 3:00pm, we'll all move into the theater to watch the 2018 MN All-State Show "Almost, Maine", which is being performed by students from several schools. After the show, we'll have a short talkback. Then, around 6:00pm you'll leave with your school. If you are from greater Minnesota, you may be staying at a hotel or with host Thespians. If you're local, you're probably going home!
● Workshops : Learn great stuff in a workshop. There will be a wide range of workshops for performance andproduction. Workshops are located in classrooms and throughout the schools, and the workshops are led byprofessional teaching artists and educators from around the state.● NIES Performances : Watch (or perform) monologues, songs or costume design presentations. Throughout the day,students will be participating in the National Individual Events Showcase program. In this program, students canprepare presentations in a wide range of categories, which they then present to a panel of judges for feedback. Otherstudents can watch the sessions and cheer on students from lots of different schools. Spend an hour watching amazingduet musical numbers, monologues, or other categories of NIES performances.● Freestyle Performances - Schools will be performing thirty minute freestyle performances in the Chanhassen HighSchool Black Box Theater!● Take A Break and Eat With New Friends: We provide a great box lunch, and there are snacks and beveragesavailable at the concession stands all day!● College Scholarships: Present an audition piece and you may be selected to win one of several $1,000 collegescholarships. Available for any students graduating with the class of 2018.● Discover New Colleges: Meet with college reps at their tables, or present an informal college audition. It's a greatway for Juniors to start that college search.