Junior & Seniors Thespians
Mr. Pancho Padura
The Society was established in 1929 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 theatre arts in secondary schools. Since then, the Society has grown into an international organization with more than a million members, but its goals haven’t 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. Belen’s award-winning, Troupe 88710 shares in this tradition. Each year, in addition to mounting a middle school production at the Roca Theatre, members of the troupe compete at the district level in the one-act and individual events festivals. The troupe travels to Plantation each spring to participate in the Florida State Junior Thespian Festival, the largest of its kind in the nation. Meetings are held on Thursdays at 3:00 in Room I-108.