Celebrating Season 48 with Senior Curtain Calls, New Members, and Awards

This Week’s Authors
Jake Decker and Brooklyn Casburn

This week’s update is co-written by Jake Decker and Brooklyn Casburn. Jake and Brooklyn are currently both juniors, and they are our upcoming 2022-2023 ITS President and Vice-President, respectively.
2022 Senior ITS Members
2022 Inducted ITS Members
2022 Honorary ITS Member – Mr. Derek Barton

To finish off the 2021-2022 season, the annual International Thespian Society (ITS) Banquet was held on Sunday, April 24, and it was a success! All participants in any of our productions this school year were invited to join our theatre family with an amazing meal from Fazoli’s, followed by the awards ceremony where all of the senior members gave their final curtain calls. 

There was a lot to celebrate this year after a successful season returning with two public main productions. “Vaudeville 2021: Vaudevillians” was yet another successful show added to the books. Our choir put on a wonderful concert “All Together Now!”in the fall. This winter we had a great Santa Breakfast at Carriage Inn. Students in the Theater Arts classes had a blast filming Young Playwrights! The Spring Musical “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” was a hit with all four shows sold out. 

Of course we would not be anywhere without the support of the many adults in our department. Community Awards were given out at the Banquet to all our amazing adults who helped with sets, costumes, food, and much more. The adults included Demetra Tolley, Jason Tolley, Laura Russell, Amy Scheller, Kent Scheller, Jason Bartley, Zuniga Kluesner, and Kim Scheller. This year, Mr. Derek Barton, music teacher at Fort Branch Community School, received a spotlight as an Honorary Thespian of Troupe 5623 for his dedication to the arts and impact on the success of Gibson Southern Theatre.

Thank you to everyone who came to support any of our shows this year. We are so grateful for a  community of people who support our department like you all do. GSTD would not be the same without you. We can not wait to see what next year holds for this department!

2022 ITS Banquet Awards Recipients

Vaudeville Awards
Outstanding Actress in Vaudeville: Ava Bartley
Outstanding Actor in Vaudeville: Aaron Meny
Outstanding Act: Phobia Workshop

The Little Mermaid Awards
Outstanding Lead Actress in The Little Mermaid: Brooklyn Casburn
Outstanding Lead Actor in The Little Mermaid: Jake Decker
Outstanding Supporting Actress in The Little Mermaid: Malorie Scheller
Outstanding Supporting Actor in The Little Mermaid: Max Walker
Choreographer’s Award: Geneva Sagers 
Most Improved: Aaron Meny
Mermaid Mini: Lydia Schmitt

Crew Awards
Fly Crew Head Award: Carter Jones
Fly Crew: Ava Greene
Stage Manager Award: Hillary Humbaugh
Stage Crew Head Award: Halle Humbaugh
Stage Crew Award: Tyler Mcfadden
Sound Crew Head Award: Eva Spindler
Sound Crew Award: Aivree Boarman
Light Crew Head Award: Neil Long
Light Crew Award: Annalise Folsom
Prep Crew Head Award: Chloe Field
Prep Crew Award: Annabelle Dawson 

Outstanding Awards
Outstanding Freshman: Jonnie Dixon
Outstanding Sophomore: Cassie Reeves
Outstanding Junior: Brooklyn Casburn
Outstanding Senior: Ava Bartley

2022-2023 ITS Officers and Reps
President: Jake Decker
Vice-President: Brooklyn Casburn
Historian: Raigan Brooks
Secretary: Kaleigh Baehl
Junior Reps: Cassie Reeves & Max Walker
Sophomore Reps: Brielle Armstrong & Jonny Dixon

Honorary Thespian
Mr. Derek Barton

Thespian of the Year
Abby Scheller