Circle Arts Theatre’s youth touring troupe, The Inner Circle, now in its 41st year, represented the theatre at the 24th annual Texas Nonprofit Theatre Inc.’s Youth Conference. Twenty youth theatre groups from around the State of Texas gathered in Irving to attend workshops to hone their skills and to perform in front of their peers and adjudicators.
The Inner Circle received the highest praise from the adjudicators for their performance of Edward Mast’s Jungalbook, directed by Executive Director Roberta Elliott, and they carry the distinction of being the only youth group to have attended and performed at the Youth Conference for all 24 years.
The group was the recipient of several awards, including Esprit de Corps, Excellence in Creative Set Design, and Backstage Award runner-up. Several individual members received awards as well: Troy Petmecky (Dennis Gilmore Spirit Award; Brown & Loechler Graduation Award), Tris Villarreal (Brown & Loechler Graduation Award), Amy Williams (Todd Hart Teacher's Pet Award), Laila Clark (All-Star Cast Award), and Lexie Williams (All-Star Cast Award).
The Inner Circle will spend this fall presenting live theatre with a message to various elementary schools in Comal County, and will continue their tour in the spring of next year with their traditional Cinco de Mayo show, after which they will attend next year's 25th Anniversary TNT Youth Conference in Longview.