Almost 1,500 high school students will swarm Grand Rapids December 15 and 16 for the Michigan Thespian Festival. It's the largest high school theatre festival and scholarship competition in the state.

The two day festival allows students to participate in workshops, give performances, audition for scholarships, and learn from other students.

Last year, seniors earned more than $5 million in scholarships. The goal is to help the senior class of this year earn even more.

During the festival there will be two mainstage performances at 20 Monroe Live. Over recent years, the festival has grown to the point where the number of students wishing to attend has made it difficult to hold it at a local high school or college, and a convention center is needed to provide the space for all of the participants.

Grand Rapids was chosen to host this year's event because the city embraces the arts with Broadway Brand Rapids, the Civic Theatre, and the Circle Theatre. By hosting the event, Grand Rapids can show off what it has to offer the students participating after they graduate.

You can learn more about the festival by following this link.

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