Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

For Immediate Release:

15th Annual High School Theatre Festival

Fremont, CA—This Friday April 3, more than 800 high school theatre students will swarm the Ohlone College Fremont campus in the 15th Annual High School Theatre Festival. The second largest event of its kind in California, the Festival allows students from all over the Bay Area to participate in a life-altering Performing Arts Marathon competition. More than 150 professionals, professors, and theatre practitioners come together to make this an unforgettable day for these young thespians and technicians. 100+ awards are given to aspiring high school actors performing in three dozen categories including: one-acts, musical theatre, contemporary and classical plays, original monologues, scenes, improv, video, dance, design and the very popular Tech Olympics.

Ohlone College acting instructor and director Tom Blank created the Festival in 1995 as a way to attract students to the Department of Theatre and Dance. Starting with just five high school at first, the High School Theatre Festival has grown to include 27 schools. The Festival has become an opportunity for students to return to their high schools as heroes. “They’re not just weirdos dressed in black, smoking behind the rehearsal hall,” Blank stated. “This is a great chance for these students to show their talent and be praised for all their hard work at the end of the day.”

As an added bonus, the staff is planning to dress up in Austin Powers-like 1960’s costumes to promote the upcoming auditions for Ohlone’s Summerfest 2009 production of Sweet Charity.


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