Special to the Journal
Leesburg, Ga. - The theatre arts honor society at Lee County High School, Thespian Troupe 5297, has earned several marks of distinction over the past few weeks. Most notably and most recently, the troupe was named one of Georgia’s first Gold Level Honor Troupes, a distinction shared with only five other Thespian Troupes in the state. The Honor Troupe awards were inaugurated this year by Georgia’s Thespian board of directors, and the program recognizes outstanding troupes with Bronze, Silver, or Gold awards. The level of recognition is determined by the troupe’s record of commitment to their community and the theatre arts. Each troupe is judged on the quality and quantity of their productions, their community service, the level of troupe participation by the members, and the troupe’s work promoting the theatre arts, as well as the degree to which the honor society adheres to the guidelines of the International Thespian Society. There are currently 23 LCHS students in the school’s Thespian honor society, and eight more are set to be inducted later in January.
In December, the Lee County Thespians learned that their recent award-winning production of The Cherry Sisters Revisited has been invited to perform at the Georgia Thespian Conference this February. In fact, the group was asked to perform the show twice during the three-day conference to ensure that more of the nearly 4000 teachers, students, and theatre professionals in attendance would have an opportunity to see the show, which has earned rave reviews from both adjudicators and audiences. At that same conference in February, two LCHS Thespians will appear in the event’s opening number performance. Zac Crew and Demi Davis were selected to sing and dance in this year’s themed review after auditions held in September.
In late November, the troupe learned from the International Thespian home office in Cincinnati that their efforts in the Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat national food collection campaign had earned them a first-place ranking among Georgia schools. The group collected nearly 3000 pounds of food for needy families in our area.
The International Thespian Society, founded in 1929, is an honor society for high school and middle school theatre students located at more than 3,900 affiliated secondary schools across America, Canada, and abroad. The mission of the society is to honor student achievement in the theatre arts. Lee County High School’s Thespian Troupe 5297 was chartered in 1992, and since that time, the troupe has inducted more than 500 students into the society. Over the past 21 years, Lee County performers have earned recognition for their outstanding talents at state, national and international levels.