On October 19-20, 24 theatre students from Jenkins High School had the educational experience of a lifetime when they attended the annual Inland Northwest Theatre Arts Festival (INTAF) held at Mead High School.
INTAF is primarily organized by Tom Armitage of North Central, Karen Brathovde of Mead, and James Brown of Mount Spokane, but this year the program welcomed a new staff member, Jessica Rempel of Mead. This program gives 300 theatre students from around the Inland Northwest the chance to participate in 75 different workshops, listen to keynote speakers, and perform.
This year, INTAF provided a diverse array of workshops, such as fencing, special effects, dance, makeup, improvisation, musical performance, and standup comedy. Attendees also had the opportunity to audition for roles in showcases that were performed at the end of the two-day festival. Students from JHS auditioned for musical, non-musical, and stand-up comedy showcases. Lindsie Schlafman and Noah Richmond both auditioned and were cast in the musical showcase, “Holding Out For A Hero” from Footloose directed by Greg Pschirrer from Lewis and Clark High School. Merideth Kirry, Brennah Fulbright and America Chantry auditioned for the non-musical showcase, Almost Maine directed James Olson from Spokane. America was cast as the waitress. Merideth also auditioned for a role in Arsenic and Old Lace directed by Kim Roberts from Spokane Civic Theatre. Mathew Miles auditioned for the role of Happy in Death of a Salesman, and he was cast. Josie Mott and Will Londagin both auditioned for the stand-up comedy showcase, and attended workshops to better their routine. James Gilreath, Regitze Moeller and America Chantry performed monologues that were adjudicated by H. James Brown from Mount Spokane High School.
Students who attended INTAF brought back an abundance of new theatrical knowledge to share among themselves and with their community. You can catch many of the attendees in the upcoming show, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers directed by Janet McLaughlin and choreographed by Cindy Hogan opening in November.
In This Photo: JHS theatre students attended the Inland Northwest Theatre Arts Festival on Oct. 19-20. at Mead High School.