Don Markham, director of Cleveland High School Thespian Troupe 505, and his son, Andrew, recently attended the National Thespian Festival. Each June, more than 2,800 student attendees and their teachers converge on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the Educational Theatre Association's Thespian Festival, a celebration of theater featuring a wealth of opportunities such as great high school performances on four stages, more than 200 workshops and master classes, a student leadership program, auditions for college admission and Thespian scholarships, and student-written Thespian playworks and Thespian musical programs. This summer's main stage productions included “Mary Poppins,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Antigone,” “Three Sisters,” “Violet,” “Smokey Joe's Cafe,” “Of Mice and Men,” and “In the Heights.” The Markhams attended many workshops workshops including special effects, stage combat, swing dance, and lighting. The Markhams are shown visiting with playwrights, Jonathan Dorf and Don Zolidis. From left are Zolidis, Andrew Markham, Don Markham and Dorf.