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39th Annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival

Explore the Extraordinary
Illinois State University, Normal IL
January 9-11, 2014

Hey everyone! 

We want you to get moving! Get involved! And above all, get excited ! The 39th Annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival will need you to think beyond the 4th wall. This year you are invited to “Explore the Extraordinary!”

What does that mean?!?

  • Try something crazy with your sets or costumes and bring that show to the Festival!
  • Direct a bizarre play or one about an extraordinary event or character and bring that show to the Festival!
  • Design a fresh or unique workshop and bring that to the Festival!
  • Send photos of the incredible set pieces, props, costumes, make-up or lighting designs done by your students for a “Salute to Extraordinary Talent” slide show.
  • Be extraordinary by responding to a show or making a significant donation to the Festival.

Also, get registered, get involved, and get excited because this Festival is going to be a bit different. We want it to be, well…EXTRAORDINARY.

In what ways?!?

  • Not so many “talking heads” at an Opening Ceremony; in fact there will be no Opening Ceremony!
  • We’re having a staggered start to the Festival, so your school can attend one of several big performances or professional workshops that best fits your scheduled time of arrival.
  • Our All-State show is The Grapes of Wrath, a play about ordinary folks in extraordinary circumstances. 
  • We’re having several professional theatre companies on board to perform and run workshops throughout the Festival.
  • AND we’re having a Closing Ceremony to bring us all together for a showing of the official Festival-Created Video and a High-Profile Professional Performance.
Of course, we will still have all the amazing vendors, colleges, and activities you have come to love. The Executive Planning Committee is very excited for you to join us!

Hope to see you there! 

Demetrios Pappageorge, Executive Director 2014