Over the weekend of January 10 and 11, 2020, four Carroll County high schools – Francis Scott Key, Liberty, Manchester Valley, and South Carroll – traveled to Towson University for the Maryland State Thespian Festival. Three of the schools entered a One-Act into the statewide competition, and many students competed for Thespy awards and scholarships.
Century High School senior Abbey Upshaw received a Superior rating for her Musical Theatre Solo Thespy, qualifying her for the International Festival.
Francis Scott Key High School received Superior scores for their One Act “Fall of the House of Usher.” Seniors Justin Patterson and Holly Comulada were honored as Outstanding Performers. Seniors Lily Freundel and Justin Patterson received Superior scores for their Musical Duet Thespy, and Senior Holly Comulada received an Excellent score for her Acting Thespy.
Liberty High School senior Rachel Jancarek was a scholarship winner. Additionally, Jancarek received a Superior rating for both her Musical Theatre Solo Thespy and her Marketing Thespy, qualifying her for the International Festival. Senior Laura Danko also received a Superior rating for her Musical Theatre Solo Thespy, qualifying her for the International Festival. Liberty High School’s One Act, “The 146 Point Flame”, received Outstanding Sound Design and Outstanding Hair and Makeup Design in the One Act Showcase. Seniors Jared Cohen and Laura Danko were honored as Outstanding Performers.
For Manchester Valley High School, Senior Alexandra Overby qualified for Nationals in Solo Musical Theatre for the second year in a row. Juniors Kate Polishcheck and Carolyne Paschal received scores of Excellent and Superior for their Musical Theatre Duet piece.
South Carroll High School student Gwen Lillycrop was one of three students awarded a college scholarship. Senior Nic Culkin and juniors Megan Fourcade and Amy Franklin all participated in the Thespy competition, receiving scores of “Excellent” from theatre professionals for their work in Musical Theatre and Marketing. Juniors Abi Culkin and Emma Reed were honored as Outstanding Performers from South Carroll’s One Act, “The 9 Worst Breakups of All Time”, which was directed by seniors Gwen Lillycrop and Gray Moxley.
Overall, Carroll County High School Thespian Troupes received many awards and recognitions during the 2020 Maryland State Thespian Festival.