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Every performer starts somewhere and many of them started in their high school thespian troupe. For kids in Florida that means possibly ending up performing on a stage for over 7,000 other students who share their passion. Thespians is the story of 4 of those troupes as they embark on the incredible journey of preparing for the largest high school theatre festival in the world. Thespians explores the wins, the losses and the lessons which lead us to understand that the “superior” ratings and accolades are not actually the goal — but it is the journey itself — one which begins as all theatre does — in a rehearsal room somewhere with “two boards and a passion.” It is not ultimately the competition that motivates the students and wins our hearts. It is the recognition that this is every performer’s story — transcending time and place to resonate with that initial spark – that calling and passion which compels all performers to forge through endless auditions and continuous rehearsals just for the chance to stand on a stage and connect; to one another, to the audience, and ultimately to themselves. Or perhaps it is what Michael Higgins, the State Director aptly notes, “the kids who are outsiders everywhere else are insiders here.” And isn’t that what life is finally about? Finding your place. Trusting your gut. Deep breaths and then taking the risk of a lifetime…