Foley Theatre Company sponsor D. D. Andersen announced that five students were recently inducted into Foley High School’s Troupe #1237 of the International Thespian Society.
Through hard work, sacrifice, and dedication, candidates earned sufficient points on a scale dictated by the International Thespian Society to have the right to be called Thespians. It is a title of honor, signifying a commitment to an art as old as humanity.
The following students met the requirements for membership in the Society, an honor and a reward for their participation in the theatre program at Foley High School.
Garrett “Velvita” Presley
Caleb Santa Cruz
Their membership certificate serves as evidence of the honor they have received for helping to promote the theatre arts program at FHS and their accomplishments while participating.
Honoring Ms. Lindsley
During the induction, a moment of silence was held in honor of Ms. Jane M. Lindsley. Ms. Lindsley was the Speech and Theatre teacher at Foley High School for 30 years and established Troupe #1237 on October 29, 1980. Her efforts to instill a love of theatre in her students continue to this day, and she will be missed by those who loved her and learned from her.
What is the International Thespian Society all about?
The Society was established by a group of college and high school teachers in Fairmont, West Virginia. They named their organization for Thespis, the Greek who, according to legend, was the first actor; their guiding principle was a dedication to excellence in the theatre arts in secondary schools. In the 85 years since, the Society has grown into an international organization with more than 2 million members, but its goals have not changed; the International Thespian Society still strives to make education and arts programs places for good theatre and to honor those students who do theatre well. The Society is a service as well as an honorary organization, sponsoring programs such as Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat, which challenges Thespian Troupes across the world to donate food items to organizations in their local communities.
At its founding in 1929, seventy-one schools became charter members of the Society. The first national convention an election of officers was held in 1930. From this modest beginning, there are now more 2 million members and troupes located in every state and many foreign countries. The Society sponsors state, regional, national and international theatre conferences where its members can learn more about the art and craft of theatre, perform, and see outstanding performances.
What are the goals of the International Thespian Society?
The goals of the International Thespian Society haven’t changed since the beginning. It still strives to give young adults a place for outstanding theatre where the standards of excellence in theatre arts will be advanced and to honor those students who do theatre well. It continues to be guided by the principles of its founders: a belief that participation in the arts is an essential means of widening students’ cultural horizons and enriching their lives.
During the 6th Century before Christ, one of the writers of tragedy who won the approval of the priests at the Festival of Dionysus was Thespis. About 535 B.C. a new dimension was added to drama when Thespis, who was a prominent leader of the Greek chorus, stepped from that group and recited portions of the drama alone. In the moment he separated himself from the chorus, Thespis became the first actor. Members of the Society also believe that it was he who first used masks so that a person could portray more than one part.
In honor of this early Greek writer, all actors are called Thespians. In his honor, members are the International Thespian Society. They have as their emblem the two masks of comedy and tragedy etched in colors of gold and blue bound together with the Thespian “T.” This emblem represents a proud and dignified heritage and that heritage is now entrusted to all of us.
Troupe members attending the induction were as follows:
Chad Finch, Vice-President
Sarah Ivey, Troupe President
Congratulations and welcome to Foley High School’s Troupe #1237.