“It’s a huge deal:” Kenosha high school selected to perform at annual Thespian Festival

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KENOSHA -- It is a busy start to the summer for a group of high school students in Kenosha. They have been selected to perform at a very competitive theatre festival.

"We spend days here, just like day after day, nine to nine rehearsals, just working and trying to perfect every little thing," said Haley Wolf, actor.

They'll perform in front of hundreds of people at the annual Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.

"It is a huge deal. We have been lucky to go a lot -- but most schools go once maybe every couple years," said Colin Robertson, actor.

Bradford High School is one of only 11 schools in the nation selected to perform on the main stage at the annual Thespian Festival, one of the highest honors a school can receive.

Kenosha’s Bradford High School is one of only eleven schools in the nation selected to perform on the main stage at the annual Thespian Festival.

Kenosha’s Bradford High School is one of only eleven schools in the nation selected to perform on the main stage at the annual Thespian Festival.

It will be Holly Stanfield's 13th year showcasing her students. She says it comes down to excellent work ethic.

"It takes a lot of time to memorize a 120-page script and all of the music, the choreography, the costuming, the technical work with the lighting," said Stanfield, teacher at Bradford High School & DOGFIGHT director.

Kenosha’s Bradford High School is one of only eleven schools in the nation selected to perform on the main stage at the annual Thespian Festival.

Kenosha’s Bradford High School is one of only eleven schools in the nation selected to perform on the main stage at the annual Thespian Festival.

The students will perform "DOGFIGHT," a musical set in the 1960s as a group of Marines prepare to ship off overseas and fight in the Vietnam War.

"This one is a lot darker and a lot more realistic than a lot of the things we have done," said Colin Robertson, actor.

Bradford High will be performing two shows for Kenosha audiences before they leave for the Thespian Festival.

DOGFIGHT will be presented on Friday, June 17th and Saturday, June 18th at 7:30 p.m. in the Bradford auditorium. General admission $10.00, senior citizens $8.00 and students/staff $5.00.

Kenosha’s Bradford High School is one of only eleven schools in the nation selected to perform on the main stage at the annual Thespian Festival.

Kenosha’s Bradford High School is one of only eleven schools in the nation selected to perform on the main stage at the annual Thespian Festival.