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Leigh theater to represent California at International Thespian Festival

by Kaylee Flores, staff writer

Photo courtesy of Matt Lara

Leigh’s theater group is back at it again with another performance titled “21 Chump Street”, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. At the International Thespian Festival in June, they will be performing “21 Chump Street” which the group performed for their fellow students during Leigh’s Empowerment Week.

For those who are not familiar with theater, the Californian Thespian Festival is an event where many high school theater groups from all over the state of California come to perform their pieces and attend workshops. This event in Upland, California is for all tech and theater students who apply to come. Those who score the highest on their performances then attend the International Thespian Festival where high school theater groups from all over the country come to perform and learn.

“The festival is not only competitions, there are also workshops where we can learn which also helps us improve in those areas,” said Melanie Goricane, sophomore in the theater department.

The group has been practicing both inside and outside of class since the beginning of the year for the Thespian Festival. After their first-place-winning performances at the Thespian Festival, they qualified to go to the international competition in Nebraska as California’s representatives.

“It means a lot to know that you’re first in the state of California and that was really exciting to know. It gives you more motivation about yourself and more self confidence,” said Peyton Herzog, sophomore who plays the character Justin Laboy in “21 Chump Street”.

However, this group of theater students need money for their trip to Nebraska for the International Thespian Festival. One of the members has started a “GoFundMe” titled “Leigh High’s ITS Fund” to raise money for this important trip. You can donate to support the group here: