This Week on Broadway for July 5, 2015: Educational Theatre Association’s Thespian Festival


Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk about Educational Theatre Association’s Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE, Little Shop of Horrors @ Encores! Off-Center, It Shoulda Been You, and MTC’s Of Good Stock.




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Peter Filichia | [email protected] | Facebook

PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, his most recent is, “The Great Parade”, available everywhere. His columns appear at MTIKritzerlandMasterworks BroadwayBroadway Select and many other places.

James Marino | [email protected] | Twitter | Facebook


Michael Portantiere | [email protected] | Facebook

MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist, whose work appears at TalkinBroadwayThe Sondheim Review and BroadwayStars. He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at

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Special: Educational Theatre Association’s Thespian Festival


Every summer, thousands of high school Thespians bring their love of all things theatre to the Thespian Festival, a celebration of student achievement in the arts. Organized by the Educational Theatre Association and hosted by the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, the Festival is a one-of-a-kind, weeklong immersion experience in singing, dancing, acting, designing, directing, creating, writing, and memory-making. Festival features workshops presented by theatre professionals, individual and group performances, programs for technical theatre students, and opportunities to audition for college admission and scholarship. Whether you’re just beginning your theatrical journey, a seasoned senior with an impressive resume and great headshot, or an educator seeking enriching professional development—there are many opportunities to hit your mark at the Thespian Festival.



PF: The Thespian Festival

— Filichia Features: Thousands of Thespians

MP: Little Shop of Horrors @ Encores! Off-Center (July 1-2, 2015)

PF: It Shoulda Been You @ The Brooks Atkinson Theatre through August 9, 2015


PF: Of Good Stock @ MTC through July 26, 2015




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