Lincoln-Way East Students to Perform at 2020 Illinois High School Theatre Festival
Friday, January 10, 2020

Two Lincoln-Way East students will be performing in the 2020 Illinois High School Theatre Festival’s production of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida.

Senior Aden Richard and sophomore Joseph Kotze are amongst the All-State cast, crew, and pit orchestra, comprised of the top student performers, musicians, and technicians from Illinois. More than 150 talented students auditioned for Aida, 98 were selected for the final production company.

Kotze will appear on stage in the Ensemble, while Richard will be playing the cello in the orchestra.

Rehearsals for Aida took place over several long weekends during the fall of 2019, with final rehearsals occurring the last week before the performances. This year’s performance venue is the Braden Auditorium at Illinois State University. Aida runs from January 9th-11th, 2020. This is a closed event for participants of the Illinois High School Theatre Festival. There are no public tickets available for these performances.

Now in its 45th consecutive year, the Illinois High School Theatre Festival (IHSTF) is the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theatre festival in the nation, and is produced by the Illinois Theatre Association. More than 4,500 students, teachers, university representatives, exhibitors, and volunteers come together to put on theatrical workshops and various high school productions. The IHSTF organizes over 150 workshops, whose topics range from acting, musical theatre, auditions, improvisation, technical theatre, directing, stage management, make-up and costumes, lighting and special effects, to name a few. In addition, more than 25 high school productions, both showcases and full-length, from around the state are selected to perform at the IHSTF each year.

For more information about the IHSTF, visit www.illinoistheatrefest.org.