VA Thespian Update

VA Thespians Kudos & Happenings

April: Inductions & Looking forward to End of the Year!

Spring is in full swing, the sun is shining, and so are students on stage across the state. Now it is time to look to end of year excitement for your current and future students. For those going to ITF, make sure you register soon! Also, are you planning on holding spring inductions soon? Check out our resources below, to make it simple.

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!

MORE VTF 2022 Highlights

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Spring Inductions Checklist

Here is an easy step-by-step checklist for spring inductions. Use these materials as you see fit!

1. Hold an interest meeting. Ask- Who is interested in becoming inducted into ITS?

2. Share out the point application for students to complete with their past and current theatrical experiences for certain point values.

3. Have students fill out the Member Google form, for the exact information you need to collect to put them into the official ITS/ EdTA system, and pay $35 for the one-time membership fee, which lasts them a lifetime. (More materials at the bottom of the newsletter to promote and explain ITS.)

4. Hold inductions. Here is a sample outline to use. You can create your own rituals, traditions, or if you are in a pinch, it can be less than 30 minutes before school starts or before a rehearsal for example.

5. Log into your myedta account to input all of your new inductees.

6. Pay the lump some as the director, if your students didn't pay EdTA directly. Our suggestion is to collect the money as you typically do for school events, work with your bookkeeper or boosters to cut one check to EdTA to keep it simple.

7. Hold an end of year or semester celebration to hand out the new goodies when they are delivered to the school!

Don't have a troupe yet? Read more about the benefits and process here!

Have other opportunities for students over the summer? Share with us so they are featured in our next newsletter!

International Thespian Festival 2022

Attending ITF

If you are planning to attend ITF, we suggest you register by the end of this month! See the image below for key dates/ deadlines. Here is the website for more information!

Cannot attend in person? There is a virtual option! Check it out!

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Teacher Tool of the Month: SEL

What is SEL? Social & Emotional Learning. EdTA has put some resources together to demonstrate the SEL with Theatre! Here is a PPT resource to dive deeper into SEL and resources. Also, check out the sample lesson plan below. Happy Teaching!

Need spring show costumes?

Costumes for SALE!

Looking 4 Costumes in Lancaster, PA is unfortunately closing. They are selling their incredible stock of handmade, Broadway quality costumes. Below are the list of shows left but they are going fast!

Full shows

Once Upon a Mattress-medieval

Romeo and Juliette- traditional

Camelot- traditional

Spamalot- $4000

Bye bye Birdie

Happy Days


Jesus Christ Superstar- traditional

How to succeed

Crucible-traditional- $900

Producers- $4000

My Fair Lady - $3000

Man of La Mancha- traditional


Kiss Me Kate

Young Frankinstien

Pirates of Pensance- no pirates

Taffetas- 2nd act only

Funny Girl


Anything Goes

Peter and the Starcatcher- mermaids only

Jr shows for Middle school full show with 80 kids

Jungle Book

Alice in Wonderland - play and musical

One can go onto www. and see the shows in photos. Email Janell Berte here: for more information.

Thank you for participating in #ArtsAcrossVA22!

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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! The remaining information below is a friendly reminder from previous newsletters.

Join us for Virginia Thespian Teacher PD This summer!

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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.