Twenty-five Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy students were recently inducted into the school’s chapter of the International Thespian Society (ITS). Founded in 1929, the mission of ITS is to honor student achievement in the theatre arts. ITS is an honorary organization for high school and middle school theatre students located at more than 4,200 affiliated secondary schools across America, Canada, and abroad.
To be inducted into ITS, students earn points for a variety of theatrical involvement, both on and off the stage. This year’s inductees were involved in acting, student production, and orchestra. Students need a minimum of ten points to be invited to join and then can accumulate points to earn honors and “stars”. Instead of competing against each other or students from other schools, each student is awarded and recognized based on their individual areas of involvement. Opportunities for involvement this year at CHCA included the following productions: Reckless, Beauty and the Beast, Off the Cuff, Peter and the Starcatcher, and The One Act.
Additionally this year, 24 CHCA troupe members earned points by participating in two of the three areas (acting, student production, orchestra) and 5 members earned points by participating in all three areas.
Congratulations to the following CHCA students who were inducted to ITS during the 2020-2021 school year:
Megumi Agerton ‘23
Jenna Brooks ‘22
Tyler Cebulskie ‘23
Abby Fancett ‘24
Andrew Ghastine ‘23
Alex Goettsch ‘24
Ella Hansell ‘24
Annelise Helwig ‘23
Caroline Huang ‘22
Natalie Hudepohl ‘24
Jaden Idris ‘24
Jonathan Jackson *
Brian Jung ‘24
Jacob Kaesemeyer ‘24
Caleigh McFawn ‘24
Noah McRedmond ‘24
Mekenzie Murphy ‘22
Sophie Rempe ‘22
Lorena Schardong ‘24
Eszter Tari ‘22
Kyla Turvey ‘24
Charleigh Wright ‘24
Micah Wissman ‘24
Elle Ziegenfuss ‘22
*In memory of Jonathan Jackson, who will remain in the hearts of the CHCA community.
CHCA Upper School Theatre Creative Team Leader Christine Hansford wrote and shared the following thoughts during the induction:
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good…”
Covid did not win - God did! We had an actual live theatre season!
Covid wanted to limit our ability to put the cast on stage,
but God gave us set designs and vocal recordings that allowed whole casts to be on stage at once.
Covid wanted to make working crew too hard so that no new students would try,
but God brought record numbers of crew and gave us creative ideas so that all could join.
Covid wanted to shut us off from the world and isolate us in our own countries,
but God brought us five talented and dedicated international students to be a part of our theatre family.
Covid wanted to isolate current students into their own bubble,
but God brought back alumni to help coach vocals, dance, video, makeup, and even be a part of the cast.
Covid wanted to close the pit and cancel the orchestra,
but God gave us recordings, which in turn gave us - for the first time ever - students able to be in BOTH orchestra and cast or orchestra and crew.
Covid wanted to limit our live audiences,
but God gave us a percentage increase right before Beauty and the Beast and for the rest of our season.
Covid wanted to make streaming our shows too hard and too expensive,
but God gave us affordable rights and a service to stream.
Covid wanted us to get rid of candy grams to minimize volunteer needs,
but God gave us the idea to do “Gift a Grams” and bless others by giving up candy.
Covid wanted to make hands on costuming a health risk,
but God gave us zoom costume sessions and jobs that could be done at home, including research, ironing, sewing, crafting, and labeling.
Covid wanted to threaten our set builds,
but God brought more new students than EVER and parents who were willing to risk their health to help.
Covid wanted to steal our joy by shutting off our production parties,
but God gave us “party in a bag” and handwritten cards to encourage each other and volunteers.
Covid wanted to limit our ability to afford costumes and props,
but God brought forth MANY donations that gave us beauty, including 20 costumes made from tablecloths.
Covid wanted to use our exhaustion after Beauty and the Beast to limit creativity in Peter and the Starcatcher, but God gave us the junkyard concept and supplied the junk and some of the most creative work of the year with junk and colored duct tape - and all led by our student production team!
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Current members of CHCA’s chapter of the International Thespian Society include:
Megumi Agerton, Ady Anderson, Jonah Bolander, Jenna Brooks, Jireh Burton, Caylee Butrum, Mackenzie Carnes, Riley Cebulskie, Tyler Cebulskie, Reese Clary, Faye Cuasay, Tania de la Rosa, Connor Espenshade, Abby Fancett, Tyler Gage, Alexa Gaudet, Andrew Ghastine, Alex Goettsch, Chloe Griffor, Kenta Hagiwara, Ella Hansell, Henry Heimlich, Annelise Helwig, Caroline Huang, Natalie Hudepohl, Jaden Idris, Jonathan Jackson*, Brian Jung, Jacob Kaesemeyer, Ainsley Keyes, Kaitlyn Lott, Christopher Max, Alexa McFawn, Caleigh McFawn, Noah McRedmond, Carley Millette, Eva Milligan, Isaac Mills, Claire Mitchell, Brendan Murphy, Collin Murphy, Mekenzie Murphy, Madeline Northup, Matthew Onadeko, Noah Pessell, Sophie Rempe, Rachael Reynolds, Vicki Rezman, Bianca Rodriguez, Gianna Rodriguez, Abby Rosenfeldt, Matthew Saxby, Lorena Schardong, Cooper Schneider, Kate Shields, Colin Swayze, Eszter Tari, Pria Thompson, Kyla Turvey, Liam Vanderwoude, Justin Vest, Wilbur Wiggins, Hailey Williams, Micah Wissman, Brandon Wolf, Charleigh Wright, Faith Younquist, and Elle Ziegenfuss.
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