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Washington State Jr. Thespians Festival 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Hamilton Middle School, Seattle WA


About the Festival

Washington State Thespians is thrilled to announce our state’s fifth annual Thespian Festival for students in grades six through nine!  This year, our festival’s theme is—with apologies to Lin Manuel Miranda—Thinkin’ Past Tomorrow.

The WA State Junior Thespian Festival is a full day packed with Individual Events (IE)—an opportunity for students to perform for their peers and professional adjudicators—and a generous variety of theatre workshops, taught by professional theatre artists and educators. Students will make new friends, develop their performance skills, and share their love of theatre with friends and teachers during this full day of sharing, presenting, and learning.

Festival FAQ’s

Who may participate?

Any Washington State Middle School student, Junior High School student, or K-8  student currently in grades 6 – 8 or K-12 student currently in grades 6 - 9.  Sixth graders in traditional K-6 elementary schools may participate as well.  Ninth Graders in traditional 9-12 high schools should participate in the WA State Thespians Festival for High School students.

Can parents and other guests observe?

Parents and family members may pay $5.00 per person at the registration desk on the day of the event.

When & Where?

    • Saturday, January 20 at Hamilton Middle School in Seattle, WA.
  • Check-in begins at 8:45 AM.  
  • We will gather for our Opening Ceremony at 9:10 AM.
  • IE’s will be presented and adjudicated from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM.  
  • Session schedules and event room information will be available at check-in.
  • The Festival will conclude between 4:00 and 4:30 PM.

Schedule of Activities

I.E. Sessions:  9:30 AM- 10:30 AM

Workshop Session I: 10:35 AM – 11: 35 AM

Lunch:  11:40: – 12:15 (Lunch is not provided, but the Wallingford neighborhood features great healthy fast food.)

Workshops Session 2:  12:20 1:22

Workshops Session 3:  1:30 – 2:30

Group Musical Theatre Rehearsal for ALL students:  2:35 PM  – 3:33 PM

Closing Ceremony, including presentation of Group Musical Theatre number:  3:35 – 4:00 PM

How do I register?

Registration is online at; click the events button. The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 10th at 11:59pm. A late registration fee is $100 will be assessed after that date, and there will be no refunds once registration is posted. The per-person entry fee is $25 with membership of a Thespian Troupe and $35 for students who are not yet members of a Thespian Troupe. One teacher/sponsor may attend for free with each group. Payment may be made either online through PayPal or with either a PO or check (pre-mailed or brought in person.)

What do I need to know at the time of registration?

Names of the student(s) registering, the Individual Event(s) each student will participate in, and all of the names of students involved in any group event.

What about lunch at the Festival?

Students should bring their own sack lunches & water bottles to this event.

What do I need to have on the day of the Festival?

When you check in on the morning of the Festival, please have each student’s signed and completed emergency/media release form. These forms will be emailed to you after registration closes.

Who do I contact for more information?

Contact Julie Olsen, the WA State Jr. Thespians Festival Director at


  • $25 for Thespians; $35 for non-Thespians. Includes IE, Workshops, and performances.
  • $5 per parent day of festival.
  • 1 free admission for the teacher