Thespian Society induction a special night for these 'star students'

 Thursday Oct. 25, was a special afternoon for aspiring actors and actresses at Port Chester High School as 12 students were inducted into the International Thespian Society.

Among the honorees were Nicolas Arnel, Lindsay Co, Mason Cruz, Megan Gleason, Ryan Heffernan, Francesca La Dore, Savannah Langenback, Genevieve Pastena, Olivia Perrone, Lyndsay Rosenfeld, Moira Sullivan and Faith Tomasula.

“The Thespian Society is very prestigious and requires students to accumulate points by participating in drama club activities such as performing in shows by means of acting, singing, dancing,” troupe Director Stephanie Darrow said. In addition to actors, points are also awarded to those behind the scenes, who assist with props and sets to stage managers and those in technical roles like lighting and sound.

An induction into the society benefits the school’s drama program by serving as a resource for students. The society hosts national and state events, workshops, scholarship auditions and more.

During the induction ceremony the troupe elected Thespian Society officers: President Lindsey Co, Vice President Olivia Perrone and Secretary Savannah Langenbach. The officers will oversee troupe 2199.

“I am incredibly proud of all of them. They encompass a love of theater and the desire to express that love in their work and to inspire others to see the true beauty of theater arts,” said Ms. Darrow.

The Society was founded in 1929 and since then has inducted more than 2 million students. Today’s membership includes 100,000 students and 5,000 teachers.

The induction ceremony came at just the right time, offering inspiration for the drama club’s upcoming performance of Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge.”  The show will take place Nov. 15-17 at 7 p.m. and is directed and produced by Ms. Darrow. Lyndsay Rosenfield is the stage manager. Tickets are $10.

The show stars Nicolas Arnel, Lindsay Co, Mason Cruz, Megan Gleason, Savannah Langenbach, Olivia Perrone, Moira Sullivan, Faith Tomasula, and Zavier Garcia.

In the spring, the club will perform “Mamma Mia.” Auditions for this production are Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. in the PCHS Theater.