Critic’s Choice – Colorado State Thespian Conference

At the Colorado State Thespian Convention, students participate in Individual Events. If students receive straight superior marks from the judges, they are qualified to perform at the International Thespian Convention. The judges also choose one or two groups from each category to perform on the main stage as part of the “Critic’s Choice Showcase” on the last day of the state convention.



  • Lara Hunter and Tessa Maruyama, “Fran and Janie” from Is There Live After High School


  • Miranda Martinez-Mundo, Roosters and Mud, Solo Monologues
  • Matthew Gill, The Legend of Georgia McBride and The Misanthrope, Solo Monologues
  • Aviella Trujillo and Darr Davis, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Duet Acting
  • Sara Al-Bazali and Taylor Robinson, “Secondary Characters” from Title of Show



  • Amelia Corrada, Othello/Tigers Be Still, Solo Monologues



  • Sofia Bottinelli, Solo Musical, “Ireland” from Legally Blonde.
  • Madison Kitchen, Solo Musical, “Breathe” from In the Heights.
  • Brynn Gauthier and Luke Marshall, Duet Scene, A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Owen Nuss, Costume Design, Macbeth


  • Noah Anderson (2015) and Jeremy Willis (2015), Duet Acting, Jesus Hopped the A Train by Stephen Adly Gurgius
  • It’s All Happening from Bring It On  – Alex Hunter (2016), Aliza Saper (2016), Christopher Jenkins (2016), Dana Good (2016), Jonas Whalen (2016), Keely Kritz (2016), Linnea Scott (2016), Michael Berger (2016), Quincy Harris (2016), Samantha Piel (2016), Sarah Doerner (2016), Serena Trainor (2016), Sonja Briney (2016), Valencia Long (2016), Wyatt Warner (2016)


  • Kathleen Gabriel (2014) “Everything I Know” from In The Heights
  •  “Turn It Off” from The Book of Mormon – Michael McCoo (2013), Ryan Maltz (2013), Austin Marquez (2014), Gage Norris (2013), Mikkel Skovgaard Hansen (2014), Mateo Correa (2014), Jake Everhart (2013), Everett Graham (2014), Ethan Griggs (2013), Kai Klose (2013), Mitchell Lippitt (2014), Adam Christman (2013), Michael Board (2014), Liam Broadhurst (2014), Carson Cram (2013)
  • Acting – Duet Scenes Seven Guitars  Michael Board (2014), Jalen Taylor (2013)


  • Jobi Riccio
    Astonishing from Little Women (Jr. Thespian, Solo Musical)
  • Maia Brockbank and Zoe Miller
    Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire (Jr. Thespian, Duet Acting)
  • Carson Cram
    Romeo and Juliet \ Jerry Finnegan’s Sister (Monologue)
  • Andie Lerner and Everett Graham
    Last of the Red Hot Lovers by Neil Simon (Duet Scene)
  • Amanda Brockbank and Sam VanWetter
    Sylvia by A.R. Gurney (Duet Scene)
  • Ethan Griggs
    Elaborate Lives from AIDA (Solo Musical)


  • Jimmy Bruenger – Jr. Thespian (Solo Musical)
  • Sarah Harmon and Alex Baggett
    Children of a Lesser God by Mark Medoff (Duet Acting)
  • Pat Sainz
    Chess, Solo Musical
  • Sophie Morris
    12 Angry Jurors
    , Marketing


  • Madison Kitchen
    Nothing from A Chorus Line (Jr. Thespian, Solo Musical)
  • Brittany Vicars and Nick Thorne
    Cornered (Duet Acting)
  • Austin Allen
    Urinetown (Stage Management)


  • Kristina Fountain and Nick Thorne
    DMV Tyrant by Christopher Durang (Duet Acting)
  • Tucker Worley and Jake Brasch
    Two Nobodies in New York from Title of Show (Duet Musical)
  • Brittany Vicars and Billy Winger
    Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp (Duet Acting)
  • Zoe Mizuno
    Comedy of Erros (Costume Design)


  • Katie Feld, Eve Lowinger, Amalia Ritter, Olivia Hendrick, Erin Walker, Shayna Goldstein, Sam Lips
    Cell Block Tango from Chicago (Group Musical)
  • Gianna Starble and Gillian Altman
    Wonder of the World by David Lindsey-Abaire (Duet Acting)
  • Austin Allen
    Parade (Stage Management)
  • Emily Town
    Kid Simple (Costume Design)
  • Tucker Worley and Jonathan O’Connel
    Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum (Duet Pantamime)


  • Brian Kief
    Great Big Stuff from Dirty Rotten Scoundrens (Solo Musical)
  • Brian Kief and Eric Mossman
    Dirty Rotten Number from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Duet Musical)
  • Will Seefried and Lauren Friednash
    Bli-Blip from Swing (Duet Musical)


  • Molly Price
    Children of a Lesser God by Mark Medoff (Solo Monologue)
  • Julie Almeria
    Gimme, Gimme from Thoroughly Modern Millie (Solo Musical)
  • Joella Jones, Lauren Friednash, Brian Kief, Josiah Johnson, Nick Hammerberg, Nora Kissell
    Gordo’s Law of Genetics from A New Brain (Group Musical)
  • Anne Lane and Justine Schomp
    Hidden in This Picture by Aaron Sorken (Duet Acting)
  • Ryan Fitzgerald
    It’s De-lovely from Anything Goes (Solo Musical)
  • Wilber Tellez
    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Costume Design)


  • Ronnie Creamer and Jacquie Billings
    Take Me or Leave Me from Rent (Duet Musical)


  • Jesse Johnson
    I’ve Got it Good from Thoroughly Modern Millie (Solo Musical)
  • Ryan Fitzgerald
    Comedy Tonight from A Funny Thing…Forum (Solo Musical)
  • Julie Almeria, Leah Watson, Alistair Matthews, Anne Lane, Joella Jones, Ryan Fitzgerald
    Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now from Hairspray (Group Musical)
  • Joe LaFollette and Max Posner
    True West by Sam Shepard (Duet Acting)


  • Briana Pozner and Sara Price
    Parallel Lives by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney (Duet Acting)
  • Max Posner
    Brighton Beach Memoirs and The Beautiful Life (Solo Monologue)
  • Kolby Morris
    Someone Like You from Jekyll and Hyde (Solo Musical)
  • Jesse Johnson
    Why God WHy? from Miss Saigon (Solo Musical)
  • Laura Ramadei, Gabe Ebert, Kolby Morris, Kati Rediger
    Coffee Break from How to Succeed…Trying (Group Musical)