Payson High School's advanced drama class attended the annual Arizona State Thespian Conference in Tucson this month to participate in workshops, one-act plays, main-stage productions, assemblies and lectures.
The class performed a one-act issue play about eating disorders, "Weighty Matters" by Vern Harden, and received favorable critique. The class also will perform the play Dec. 10 during the 1A2A3A State Play Competition in Globe.
The Arizona Thespian Conference gives high school drama students from around the state the chance to attend workshops led by professionals and productions performed by their peers. It also gives them the opportunity to perform for students, teachers, professionals and college representatives.
Also this year, Payson's Thespian Troupe earned its fourth consecutive Honor Thespian Troupe status, which is awarded to schools that earn the required number of points in a variety of categories. Points are awarded based on the size and number of the troupe's productions, school activities and involvement, community-service projects and other activities.
The International Thespian Society is a service organization for high school drama students and their teachers. It began in 1929 and now includes more than 6,000 troupes.