Ashburn, Va (February 14, 2017) – For the second year in a row, Rock Ridge High School was named Chapter Select at the Virginia Thespian Festival, earning the right to represent the state at the International Thespian Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, June 19th through 24th.
Rock Ridge was honored for its production of “The Very Grey Matter of Edward Blank.” In addition to performing this competition piece, actors and actresses from Rock Ridge presented “Ghost the Musical: School Edition” as a mainstage production during the conference.
The Virginia Thespians present three scholarships annually. Two of those were awarded to Rock Ridge students. Hannah Kane received the Lighting Design Scholarship, while Lena Butterman received the Educational Theatre Scholarship.
Rock Ridge theatre teacher Anthony Cimino-Johnson was named Virginia Theatre Teacher of the Year.
More than 150 students from thespian troupes across the commonwealth entered individual event competitions in both performing and technical categories. Fifty-three of these students were awarded Superior ratings, which qualify them to compete at the International Thespian Conference. Twenty-four of the 53 superior ratings were awarded to Rock Ridge High School students, including:
- Luke Harris, Monologue
- Hailey Brunson, Monologue
- Deirdre Price, Musical Theatre Solo
- Hannah Kane, Monologue
- Andrea Arias, Musical Theatre Solo
- Andrew Zheng, Musical Theatre Solo
- Byron Salazar and Crystal Claros, Musical Theatre Duet
- Jordan Green, Musical Theatre Solo
- Kevin Lacey, Musical Theatre Solo
- Laila Gallant, Musical Theatre Solo
- Seth Cooper, Musical Theatre Solo
- Katie Markle, Musical Theatre Solo
- Crystal Claros, Musical Theatre Solo
- Mohith Prasad, Kevin Lacey, Seth Cooper, and Laila Gallant, Musical Theatre Group
- Abby Boyle, Film
- Hailey Brunson, Costumes
- Hannah Kane, Lighting Design
- Noam Denenberg, Scenic Design
- Alexa Janoschka, Lighting Design
- Brandon Perez, Sound Design
- Delaney Keller, Sound Design
- Megan Coatney, Stage Management
- Meghan Emanuel, Stage Management
- Shaila Seth, Stage Management
Cimino-Johnson is joined by Rebekah Hess as the theatre teachers at Rock Ridge. Jordan Markwood is the choral music teacher.