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District Earns 2017 Texas Thespian Festival Commendations

The Texas State Thespian State Convention hosted 7,800 theatre students from across the state in attendance at the 2017 Convention Nov. 15-18 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine. Two troupes from Denton ISD participated and advanced ten students to National Competition, which will take place at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln in June 2018.


Braswell High School was named a Texas Thespian All-Star Troupe at the 2017 Texas State Thespian Conference. This honor is only bestowed upon ten schools of 300 troupes attending from all over the state. Community Service, productions, and an entry presentation are the criteria that adjudicators use to determine the All-Star Troupe recipients.


BHS Theatre Troupe


In addition to being named an All-Star Troupe, Braswell High Theatre qualified five students for Nationals.

Front Row: Savanah Downing (Junior)- Solo Musical, Maddie Moore (Junior)- Marketing, Breanna Hoyt (Junior) and N’Namdi Jelani (Junior)- Duet Acting

Back Row: Arianna Bellolio (Junior)- Solo Musical, Tsunami Simien (Junior) and Antona Johnson (Senior)- Duet Acting


Denton High School Theatre qualified five students for Nationals at the 2017 Texas State Thespian Conference. Denton High School’s qualifiers represent both performance and technical theatre and two students, Senior Jackson Dean and Junior Isaac Castillo, qualified for national competition for the second time.


DHS Theatre


Denton High School National Qualifiers pictured above.

Trio in the back: James Fite (Sophomore),Tyler Voyles (Junior), Jackie Taylor (Junior) qualified in the Group Musical category

Far left: Jackson Dean (Senior- second time National Qualifier) Monologue

Far right: Jack Kelley (Junior) Solo Musical

Front left: Calista Martin (Junior) Costume Construction

Front right: Isaac Castillo (Junior- second time National Qualifier) Lighting Design


Special Thanks to Braswell High School Director Michelle Greene and Assistant Director Tayler Daniels, and Denton High School Director Tom Stratton and Assistant Director Kerri Peters for their dedication, leadership and teaching.