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Thespians to display talents at Spartans Got Talent on Friday

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Marie Murray rehearses or the Spartans Got Talent show, which will be Friday evening.
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Ashley Bachman, a freshman at Connersville High School, rehearses her singing forFriday evening’s Spartans Got Talent show on Wednesday.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

Connersville High School will be hosting its first Spartans Got Talent show Friday at the Robert E. Wise Center for Performing Arts.

It’s a benefit for the CHS chapter of the International Thespian Society, a performing arts club for high school students. Through the society there are competitions, showcases where actors can be seen by colleges and scholarship opportunities for students interested in drama and acting. 

“The theater is just that – an open opportunity for any high school student to get involved on stage or backstage, whether they have previous experience or a new creative outlet to explore,” Lynette Eklund, CHS theater director, said.

Being a member is something colleges look for in applicants pursuing any of performing arts from acting, to directing and producing, media, radio and stage design, Eklund said.

The club has been nearly nonexistent due to the lack of funds, she said. Eklund hopes reviving the talent show will help the club stay active.

“We have just enough funds to keep the organization afloat. This organization is important to our students who are pursuing any performing arts in college because this will give them the college credit for their application,” Eklund said.

The funds raised at the talent show will go to the Thespian Club’s annual dues and entry fees to International Thespian Regional and State performances next year.

In 2018, the Thespian club raised funds by giving tours of the Newkirk Mansion, a Victorian-era house which is under restoration. For this year, students in the club wanted to revive the talent show, Eklund said.

“I wanted to do the talent show because I wanted to show what I’m capable of,” said Ashley Bachman, a freshman singing in the show. 

Tickets cost $5 at the door. The show starts at 6 p.m.