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Working toward Thespian Membership

What does it mean to be a Thespian? Being a Thespian is much like being a member of a national honors society for theater. Members consist of individuals with a profound appreciation of theater who have proven so through their involvement. Students are invited to join after accumulating 10 points, earned by being in a school show, completing a theater class, or by being a member of the Improv Troupe. At the end of each school year, current members induct the new members in a ceremony meant to remind everyone of the honor associated with being a Thespian.

This year, Yorktown High School's troupe #1515 is planning several school and community events. The annual Thespian sponsored Haunted House will be held on Oct. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $2. The troupe has had enormous success with this event in the past, drawing people of every age, and has colorful and creative plans for this year.

Yorktown's Thespian Troupe also sponsors two annual schools "Vaudevilles." These small variety shows include acts developed by Yorktown students whom audition. The acts range from musical performances, to juggling feats, to original comedic sketches. The first Thespian Vaudeville will be in the month of December. Cost is $2 and entry is open to anyone.

Other plans for this year's Thespian Troupe include middle school workshops, community service, and possible participation in the annual Thespian conference at Radford University.