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  • Meredith Zaegel

Viz takes on ThesCon

The Missouri State Thespian Conference, aka Thes Con, is an event that takes place every January for theater kids across the state of Missouri. For three days, students have the opportunity to take classes, watch and perform in shows, and meet other people who share similar interests as themselves.

This year, Mr. Strohmeyer, Mrs. Isom, Miss Haney, Mrs. Bryant, and Mr. Harley took a group of 30 Viz students to Kansas City for the weekend of a lifetime. The girls spent their days taking various masterclasses including dance workshops, circus skills, special effects makeup, jump roping, improv, and so many more while exploring the Power and Light district of the city. They also had the opportunity to watch three mainstage productions which were performed by different high schools across the state. The girls saw “Mean Girls,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” and “The Glass Menagerie.”

Thes Con 2024 brought many great opportunities for the Viz girls to share their talents with everyone else. A group of students participated in the Tech Challenge, a timed event in which the team has to complete tasks such as moving props, helping with a quick change, rolling rope, etc., in the quickest time they can. Cate Trachsel, Nidhi Tangirala, Lizzy Forget, and Sandra Kim participated for Viz and were very successful, completing each task with lightning speed. In addition, the conference opening number welcomed our very own Emma Wyeth and Meredith Zaegel to the stage as they got the opportunity to work with choreographers and students from across the state to perform dances to “Interplanet Janet” and “Time Warp” for those attending the conference. Emma even got to be a part of a special tap section, letting her talents shine. Mr. Strohmeyer and Mrs. Isom have the honor of directing and choreographing the Missouri All State show for 2025. During the conference, the two held auditions and casted the show “Sweet Charity” to be rehearsed over the summer and performed at next years conference. Congrats to Lizzy Forget, who was chosen to be the shows assistant technical director.

Thes Con is an experience the theater vivettes look forward to each year and can’t wait to see the conference brought back to St. Louis next January.

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