VA Thespian Update

VA Thespians Kudos & Happenings

March: Spring Shows are Among Us!

Happy almost spring! We hope preparations, tech weeks, show weekends, etc. are going well. We have some exciting announcements, so read below, and thank you for being a part of Virginia Thespians! Below we are promoting spring as well as summer opportunities for both educators and students. Let us know what you would like to see in the next newsletter!

We would also love to share out about your productions on our social media pages. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @vathespians so we can follow you back/keep track of your happenings. You may see your school or show featured soon. Use #vathespians for us to easily find your post!

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Workshops, Field Trips, Resources- oh my!

Please email us with a specific want or need at your school in terms of field trip options, guest artists to come in person or meet virtually on certain topics, or other resources you are looking for this spring. We are hoping to help find you connections and resources or direct you to someone who can help. We are here for you!

Spring/ Summer Student Opportunities!

Teacher Tool of the Month: Just Dance!

Looking for an online dance curriculum? Look no further. Shenandoah U. alumni and frequent Thespian guest artist, Brian Curl has The Daily 8 Count for you! Most of the videos are short, easy to follow, and you learn an 8-count of Broadway dance styles. Speaking of dance opportunities, read about another one below!

A Virginia Dance Masterclass Event below...

Join us for Virginia Thespian Teacher PD This summer!

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Share your artistic stories with your students on March 4th. Use the # below and join the conversation(s)!

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Arts Across VA Day 2022!

Join us in celebrating the ARTS by participating in ARTS ACROSS VIRGINIA DAY on Friday, March 4th, 2022!

Sponsored by the Virginia Art Education, Virginia Music Educators Associations, Virginia Theatre Association, and Virginia Thespians along with the Virginia Coalition for Fine Arts Education, Arts Across Virginia Day is intended to raise awareness of the importance of the arts in our schools and of the many ways the arts impact our communities.

Working together as artists, educators, administrators, and parents on the FIRST FRIDAY OF MARCH, we have the unique opportunity to show our legislators, policymakers and the rest of the world art is an important part of education and the economy in Virginia.

Take a photo of the art you or your students are working on or performing. Then using #artsacrossva22 simply share it with the world on your personal Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook page or whatever social media platform you use. You can also post it to arts organization pages.

Arts Across Virginia Day is for anyone! If you paint, create music, dance, teach, create, work in the arts industry, a museum or if you simply just enjoy arts simply take a photo or make a video and share. Get others involved as well, all you have to do is create and share!

Let the world know Virginia loves the arts on March 4th!

Arts Educators

-Celebrate your arts program by posting student work and displays using #artsacrossva22.

-Forward information on how to participate to teachers, administrators, school board members, parents, booster organizations, and others in your school community!

-Contact your local arts center and invite them to join you.

-Take a video of your students discussing how the arts impact their lives.

-Send a newsletter out to your parents inviting them to join the celebration.

-Have a "creative challenge" for the day.

-Send a letter to your principal, school board, news paper, special interest group, or community arts center informing them about Arts Across Virginia Day.

-Have students create art cards to give out to others.

Administrators/Policy Makers

-Show your support and appreciation of the arts by posting the “ARTS connect us” tile to social media using #artsacrossva22.

Arts Community (cultural arts organizations, museums and professional artists and musicians

-Share your professional work by posting images/videos using #artsacrossva22.

-Share images of virtual workshops and/or webinars sponsored by your organization using #artsacrossva22.

-Post the “ARTS connects us” tile from your official social media account using #artsacrossva22.

Parents and Families

-Show your support and appreciation of the arts by posting the “ARTS connect us” tile to social media using #artsacrossva22.

-Post examples of your child’s artwork using #artsacrossva22.

Please share this out as you wish and thank you!

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Look at what some amazing Virginia College Students are Doing!

After the show's initial workshop process was canceled in the spring of 2020 due to COVID, Virginia-based composers Anna DeNoia and Joshua Villa reunited at James Madison University this February to finally stage their song cycle, Open, Stay. Breaking from the song-after-song cabaret format all previous iterations of the show had taken, this production devised connections between the separate stories, supported by some additional dialogue. The workshop cast took music that made up the cycle, created their own characters, and collaborated with each other to weave each of the songs together, bringing plot and connection to what had previously been a collection of songs that each stood alone. While the writing duo is very proud of the overarching story discovered through this first workshop, they see it as only one of many possible ways the songs could connect. After seeing how engaged and challenged the students were by this devising process, Anna and Joshua see an exciting path forward for Open, Stay in schools that would allow students to practice creative collaboration— rather than setting the characters/dialogue/story of Open, Stay in stone, students could use the workshop as a reference, consider the songs as a skeleton, and work together to create a show that's really their own.

As Anna and Joshua work towards this goal of making the show available for educators to use in performance, you can follow along with Open, Stay at, listen to the studio cast recording on all streaming platforms, and watch the most recent workshop production here on YouTube (as well as their newest musical, Grace and the Ghost, with an original concept recording coming out on streaming platforms later this year)! Sheet music for all of the songs of Open, Stay is available for purchase on the show website, perfect for voice lessons and auditions!

If you have college students doing amazing things, share them with us as well!

How to Find out More...?

Check our social media accounts for EdTA, our parent organization or for VA Thespians for recent reminders and updates. Get more resources, learn more about International Thespian Society, and more!
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Festival 2023!

Our next festival will be Jan 13-15th, 2023 at Shenandoah University again! Mark your calendars now and we hope you join us then! Registration will be open September- November. Our working theme is Thespians are Out of This World and getting finalized by our current as well as hopefully new incoming student leaders. We want to bring the energy, show the importance of the arts, and make our next festival the best one yet! Stay tuned for more information coming soon! Check out the link below and remind your students to apply for a VTO position by May! Be the first to watch our YouTube Thespian Festival 22 Highlights thanks to our festival photographer/videographer & Virginia Thespian Alumni, Destiny Martinez!

Need information to share about Thespians or VTF?

Here is a Google Slides PPT about Thespians to encourage students to join.

Here is a Festival Guide for students or new troupe directors.