Islip High School’s inaugural International Thespian Society’s induction ceremony, welcoming the first 39 members, has been rescheduled due to weather. The ceremony will now be held Monday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. The public is invited to attend.
Founded 90 years ago, the ITS is the international honor society for theater students, advocating for and honoring students who excel in the dramatic arts. More than 2.3 million students have been inducted since its inception. The Islip inductees have met the society’s requirements for theatrical excellence, both onstage and off.
In addition to taking the Thespian pledge, Islip’s students will perform theatrical selections ranging from the ancient Greeks to modern musicals. Serving as special guest speaker will be noted author and actor John Cariani, who won a Tony nomination for his part in the 2004 Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He also appeared in the Broadway productions of “Something Rotten!” and “The Band’s Visit,” and authored the “Almost, Maine,” the most-produced play in American high schools. Cariani was a member of the International Thespian Society when he was in high school and continues to support the organization.