Teaching Drama

2010 Thespian Festival – Day Four

We're at the Thespian Festival. Day four and counting...

It’s our fourth day of fun at the 2010 International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.

There’s an unbelievable amount of things to do here. Today we offer this video detailing a day in the life of a thespian.


Hey it’s day three or day four, depending upon how you are counting. It’s Thursday at the Thespian Festival and today we thought we talk about all the stuff that goes on here. I wish I had this when I was a kid. Everyone is given this program and it basically controls your life from the time you get up to the time you go to bed. I thought I’d go through a typical day of what’s going around here.

So it all starts up at 8:30 in the morning with breakfast and at the same time the exhibit area opens where we are, that’s where we show up. Then at 10 a.m. everyone goes to see shows. So this morning depending upon which theatre they were in, they either saw You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown or Zoo Story. And then after that there is lunch, which is quite short and then after that are college auditions and at the same time is a Professional Development Institute for teachers and at the same time are callbacks for the National Individual Events, which is like Monologue Competitions, Musical Competitions and also at the same time, the very same time as all of that, are a whole series of one act plays, that you can see in a kind of a marathon session at various theatres. And also at the same time as that are a number of workshops and Lindsay gave a few workshops today. So , what did you give today Lindsay and how did it go?

Okay, so today I was doing playwriting and I taught two workshops called Fresh Cement, Writing Your First Play. But you know it wasn’t just playwriting, right across from me there was a workshop on working on your accent. Below me there was an improv workshop, down the hall there was a workshop on college auditions and social media and writing social issues. So, there is just workshop after workshop. There is literally anything that you could want to learn about in relation to the theatre you can find it in this festival, that is why this is such an amazing experience. But wait, there is more!

So after all the workshops are over, then everyone heads off and then they have dinner and after dinner. Actually, you know what? There is a Region One celebration dinner, so I guess everyone in Region One gets together and celebrates. And after that tonight, again depending upon which theatre you are in, there are two different shows you could be seeing. One is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and the other is Fences. Now after that late night show is over then there is a whole bunch of other stuff. Now students can go to either open mic night, they can go to a dance or they can go to a flying studio, where they learn how to theatrically fly. And also then adults go on to an adult reception. It’s an amazing spread that has amazing food, it’s just really great time and then the curfew is 1 a.m. to get back in your dorm and at 1:30 in the morning the lights are out and it all starts again tomorrow morning at 7:30 in the morning bright and early with the Broadway Workout. So it’s really literally morning noon night just 24 hours of theatre and boy do I ever wish I could have taken part in this. See you tomorrow.

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Craig Mason