The Thespy Gala takes its name from Thespis, a Greek poet from Icaria in the 6th Century B.C.E, who is considered by Western Cultures to be the first true actor. His name literally translates as “inspired by the gods.” The Thespys is an annual theatre competition created by the International Thespian Society that involves adjudicating the work of students in various areas of theatre performance, design and tech. Each December, students from WCSPA travel to the Michigan Thespian Festival along with students from over 60 other Michigan high schools to compete, as well as celebrate the performing arts. WCSPA’s Troupe 1000 is known not only the largest Troupe in Michigan but also has a rich history of success in theatre competition, leading to our reputation as one of the nation’s premiere schools for theatre education.
The Thespy Gala honors our past success while showcasing our future. The public gets this rare chance to experience firsthand what only a handful of people typically see. During the first hour, attendees will be able to view and ask questions of student designers, while enjoying punch and snacks, before moving to the Gillespie Theatre for an evening of acting, musical theatre and dance performances.