This past weekend, 1000 drama students from across the state of Iowa gathered at the University of Northern Iowa for the annual Iowa Thespian Festival. Davenport North brought 30 students to festival, over half of them competed in individual events, and the fall show All My Sons performed a studio cut. Davenport North’s Abby Bastian qualified to perform at the International Festival this coming June with her solo musical theatre piece, Burn, from Hamilton, and North Senior Nik La Maack finished up his year representing thespians from the State of Iowa on the Iowa Thespian Board by helping to run the festival and by emceeing many festival events. Students at the festival get to see four mainstage shows, five studio shows, hundreds of individual event performances and a tech challenge competition, plus two sessions of workshops and various fun activities throughout the weekend. This year’s festival was a fantastic experience for all students who attended.