Drama Club - Thespian Society

Drama Club

The East Grand Rapids H.S. Drama Club is open to all EGRHS students with an interest in theatre. The club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 3:10 p.m. in the Little Auditorium. Audition information, show needs, fundraising, and trips are discussed.

24 Hour Theatre

Join us for our 8th annual 24 Hour Theatre performance! Over the course of 24 hours EGRHS students will write, direct, rehearse and perform 5 - 6 original one act plays. Student playwrights start at 7:30pm on Friday and stay up all night and write plays - the topics can cover anything from dramatic tragedy to comic parodies! All are original student concepts. Directors and actors come in Saturday morning and rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Stage technicians assist in costuming, props, set, sound, and lights, and by 7:30pm the students will astound you with their polished performances.


October 15, 2016 7:30 pm Little Auditorum

Drama Club/Thespian Society Officers

  • President: Judith May Ernst '18
  • Vice-President: Sam VanderVeen '18
  • Secretary: Paige Lang '18
  • Treasurer: Gavin Stockton '19

Student Productions

Each year the club produces an all-student run show, which serves as another opportunity for students to become involved on the stage, as well as a successful fundraiser for the Club. Past shows have included, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Taming of the Shrew, Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, She Stoops to Conquer, The Open Window, Hamlet, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Charley’s Aunt, Clue: The Musical, The Man Who came to Dinner, Leading Ladies.

International Thespian Society

EGRHS is a member of theInternational Thespian Society, troupe #4241. The International Thespian Society is an honorary organization for high-school and middle-school theatre students located at more than 3,600 affiliated secondary schools across America, Canada, and abroad. The mission of ITS is to honor student excellence in the theater arts; its motto is, "Act well your part; there all the honor lies."

Students earn Thespian points when they are involved in any aspect of our productions. The point system is determined by the ITS. After earning 10 points, a student is eligible to be inducted into our ITS Troupe #4241. Each May, a Thespian Society Induction and Awards Ceremony is held, where new members are inducted and existing members are recognized for additional Thespian points earned. Graduating Thespian seniors are also recognized during this moving ceremony which is a highlight of the school year. The Thespian Society Induction and Award ceremony for the 2016-2017 school year is scheduled for May 8, 2017, 7:30 p.m. in the Little Auditorium.

Membership in the International Thespian Society is a respected addition on college applications and the Thespian point system is the criteria by which the EGRHS Stage Boosters select scholarships for seniors.

Check Your Thespian Points

EGRHS Students may click on the links below for Thespian Point Information.

Drama Trips

Drama Club has organized trips to Chicago to see Broadway touring productions.

Each May, the club takes a 2-day bus trip to Stratford, Ontario to see 3 shows at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. The 2017 Stratford Trip is schedule for May 26 -27, 2017.

Students in 2016 saw professional performances of All My Sons, A Chorus Line, Shakespeare in Love, and As You Like It and participated in an actors talk with cast members from All My Sons and a dance workshop for “Running the Goat” and students danced on the Festival stage in As You Like It!

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