Lindale Students Qualify For National Acting Fest



The acting talents of several Lindale High School seniors have earned them a trip beyond state borders. Four LHS theatre students qualified for the International Thespian Society’s Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, on June 24-29.

Qualifying for the national competition were Jacob Grona, Fate Richey, Alec deJong, and Christian Cheatham. In all, eight Lindale High School students competed at the Texas Thespian Convention in Houston on November 29-December 1 for the chance to advance to nationals. This was the first time LHS theatre students competed at the state convention, which included more than 3,600 Texas theatre students.

Grona, Richey, deJong and Cheatham earned two superior ratings from judges to qualify for the national competition.

“I am really proud of our students,” Lindale High School theatre teacher Amanda Murray said. “This was a great opportunity for them to get exposure to other competitions. This was far more than their typical one-act play competition which traditionally is our only competition each year. We wanted to expand the horizons of our program and allow our kids more exposure. This is an excellent start. We want to take more kids to the state competition and hopefully nationals in the future.”

Cheatham and deJong also received over 14 callbacks, or interviews, for colleges around the country from their senior auditions.

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