Good Show!
Good Show!
Posted on 12/21/2017
Group of students standing in front of Christmas Tree

Over December 14-16, 2017, Henry Ford II High School Theatre students participated in the annual Michigan Thespian Festival.  Over 1400 students from across the state of Michigan attended.

32 Henry Ford II High School students went to festival.

Of the 32 students, 28 participated in individual event competitions, while the others went as observers attending performances and theatre workshops in this educational environment.  In addition they had the opportunity to meet with college representatives from Michigan and surrounding states.

In the Individual Event categories:

Students performed or presented in front of a panel of 3 judges and received a rating of Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior.

EVERY FORD STUDENT who competed received either an Excellent or Superior rating in their event and many of the students were entered in multiple events.

In total we participated in the following Individual Events:

Maria French – Superior rating in Solo Musical Theatre

Samantha Fish – Superior rating in Costume Design

Veronica Pilarski and Flora Palokaj – Superior rating in Duet Acting

Melissa Lovell and Rori Cummings – Excellent rating in Duet Musical Theatre

Maria French and Hailei Benedict – Superior rating in Duet Musical Theatre

Jacob Patterson, Julie Sawicki, and Hailei Benedict – Excellent rating in group acting

Chris Graham, Brandon Surhigh, John Paul Murray, and Ella Espinoza – Excellent rating in group acting

Crystal Oparka and Cassidy Andrusz – Excellent rating in group dance

Willow Duncan and Julie Sawicki – Superior rating in group dance

Joey Butts, Chris Graham, and Brandon Surhigh – Superior rating in Group Musical Theatre

Alexis Coutilish, Rori Cummings, Chelsea Bednarski, Melissa Lovell, and Melissa Zielinski – Excellent rating in Group Musical Theatre

Cassidy Andrusz – Superior rating in Lighting Design

Casse Marshall – Superior rating in Make-up Design

Paulina Pulawska – Excellent rating in Make-up Design

Casse Marshall – Superior rating in Monologue

Samantha Fish – Superior rating in Monologue

Gabe Shepard – Superior rating in Playwriting

Ella Espinoza – Superior rating in Solo Musical Theatre

Kade Kriewall – Superior rating in Sound Design

Parker Shukwit – Excellent rating in Sound Design

Sydney Coutilish – Superior rating in Stage Management

Megan Mincel – Excellent rating in Theatre Marketing

Hope Wojciechowski – Superior rating in Theatre Marketing

Total:         15 Superior Ratings         8 Excellent Ratings       

 

Colleges and universities were present to recruit and offer scholarships to participating seniors. This is the largest scholarship competition in the United States.

From Ford, 5 seniors auditioned for scholarships in Acting and Technical Theatre.

Receiving scholarship offers were as follows:

Veronica Pilarski        
$7,000 a year for four years at University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Co. Academic and Performance Scholarship           

 $2,500 a year for five years at Rochester College Rochester College Grant for Performing Arts

Kade Kriewall            
$1,000 a year for four years at Eastern Michigan University, EMU Theatre Excellence Award

$500 Western Michigan University Design and Technical Production

$22,000 at Wayne State University Board of Governors’ Talent Award

$1250 a year for four years at Grand Valley State Grand Valley Shakespeare Scholarship

$500 Northing Illinois University

Talented Student Scholarship

Cassidy Andrusz        
 $1000 a year for four years at Central Michigan University, Special Talent Scholarship

$1,000 at Michigan State University, MSU Roger Dormer Design Scholarship $22,000 at Wayne State University

Board of Governors’ Talent Award  

 $1000 a year for four years at Central Michigan University,  Special Talent Scholarship

Alexis Coutilish         
$1,000 a year for five years at Rochester College, Rochester College Grant for Performing Arts

Sydney Coutilish        

$1000 a year for five years at Rochester College, Rochester College Grant for Performing Arts

$7,000 a year for four years at Siena Heights University

Design/Technical Theatre Scholarship

$1,000 a year for four years at Wayne State University, Zuddick Scholarship

$7,000 a year for four years at University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Co. Academic and Performance Scholarship

Total of $161,500 in Scholarship Offers

 

REALLY BIG DEAL:

Finally, each year the Michigan Educational Theatre Association awards 10 students across the state with the prestigious State Thespian Award. The award is accompanied by a $500 scholarship. The scholarship is minimal, but the honor of being named a State Thespian is coveted. This year, Cassidy Andrusz was named as one of the top ten theatre students in Michigan. This is the second time in three years that a Ford student has been awarded this honor.

(So really, $162,000 in scholarship offers)