Rock Ridge Performing Arts selected to perform at International Thespian Festival

Rock Ridge Performing Arts in "Bright Star." The group has been invited to perform at an international thespian festival in Nebraska in June and is in the process of raising $75,000 for the trip. 

The award-winning Rock Ridge Performing Arts group, under the direction of Tony Cimino-Johnson and Rebekah Hess, has been selected as one of five schools in the country to perform at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, the week of June 24.

This will be the first time a Loudoun County school will perform at the festival.

The International Thespian Festival is a week-long event where 4,500 thespians, teachers, industry professionals and colleges gather to celebrate, educate and inspire through theatre education.

Workshops, college auditions, playworks, musical works, tech challenges, scholarship auditions and individual events are offered throughout the conference.

Each year, 11 schools from across the country are invited to perform their full-length production at the conference in one of two spaces. Six productions perform in Kimball Hall, a music performance venue that seats 700, and only five schools in the country receive an invitation to perform in the Lied Center, a Broadway Touring House, in front of audiences of 2,200. Rock Ridge will be performing in the Lied Center.

Rock Ridge has been invited to present “Bright Star,” a Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical about perseverance, triumph, empathy and compassion.

According to a GoFundMe page, the organization needs to raise $75,000 for the school to travel their production to Nebraska. The entire set, professional live musicians, lights, sound, costumes, props, students, tech crew and chaperones must make the trip.

In Ashburn, Rock Ridge will be producing four encore performances on May 30, 31 and June 1. All proceeds will directly benefit travel expenses. The company will also be raising funds through spirit nights, car washes, flower sales and sponsorships.

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