Record attendance expected at Ohlone's 20th Annual High School Theatre Festival - Article, Office of College Advancement
Wednesday, March 19, 2014—Reprinted from San Jose Mercury News: Fremont Bulletin.
Top theater talent from as far north as Grass Valley and as far south as Fresno will come together in a bid to wow the judges this weekend, March 21 and 22, at the Ohlone College Smith Center. The largest competition of its kind in Northern California, the 20th Annual Ohlone College High School Theatre Festival found its humble beginnings with only 200 students but now boasts almost 850 contestants from 27 schools.
Attendees enjoy a variety of performances covering the world of theater, with events ranging from classical and contemporary drama, humorous monologues, dance, and improv -- it even features a "Tech Olympics," where the behind-the-scenes players can test their mettle in lighting and stage design.
The festival is designed to encourage young theater artists in their craft, showcase their talents, and introduce them to new and exciting material through energetic competition, interaction with other students, and observing their peers.
"It's really not about the trophies and medals; students are looking for critique. What did I do that's really great? What do I need work on? And then they can go back to their instructor and perfect their technique," said Ohlone Theatre professor Michele Hartmangruber
The final judging will take place Saturday, where the best in each category are chosen. More than 90 judges, many from professional theater backgrounds, will come to offer their expert opinion and provide constructive feedback to the young artists.