September 17, 2015
Macy Frazier Cast in Opening Showcase for Thespian Conference
Prince Avenue junior and Fine Arts student, Macy Frazier, competed against 200 of Georgia’s best musical theatre students for a spot in the opening showcase for the Georgia Thespian Society Conference to be held in Columbus, Georgia in February.
Georgia Thespians is a chapter of the Education Theatre Association which sponsors the International Thespian Society. Their mission is “to encourage, promote, advocate, and celebrate theatre excellence and to create passion and build leadership throughout the state of Georgia in schools and communities.”
For the audition, Macy had to prepare 16 measures from a select list of music, learn an entire choreographed song during the competition, and sing individually. Not only did Macy earn a place in the opening showcase, but she was chosen to sing a solo.
In response to being cast for the part, Macy said, “I feel extremely blessed to have received this role. Several talented people were cut, so I am honored to have been chosen to participate.” Macy also says that her training in her PACS Performing Arts class especially prepared her for the skills necessary to perform the role. “In class, I have learned how to clearly define minor transitions. My audition piece heavily relied on transitioning from one thought to the next. This ability set me apart from the other competitors.”
PACS Drama teacher, Joseph Strickland, says that Macy’s role as a lead performer in the opening showcase sets her in a category with the top music theatre honor students from all the schools in the state of Georgia. He also points out that the Georgia Thespian Society Conference is the largest state theatre conference in the country. “Macy will be performing for almost 8000 thespians.”
Between now and February’s conference, Macy is expected to learn her music, to remember the choreography she has already been taught, and to attend several rehearsals out of town. She will arrive at the conference a few days early in preparation for her showcase performance.
When asked how she feels about this unique opportunity, Macy said, “Theatre is my passion, and I look forward to working in a setting similar to professional theatre.”
Macy is the first student in the history of PACS Fine Arts to receive this honor.