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McLean Theatre Company Earns 21 National, State and Local Accolades

Members of the McLean High School Theatre Company recently earned national, state and local theater recognition from the YoungArts Foundation, Virginia Thespians and, respectively. The company earned 21 accolades in total for its work last year.

The YoungArts Foundation recognized Alex Stone as one of fifteen national finalists in their Spoken and Musical Theater category. As a national finalist, Stone attended YoungArts Week in Miami from Jan. 4 – 11, performed at Miami’s New World Center and will be considered for nomination as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Five McLean students received received accomplished ratings in the Individual Event competition at the Virginia Thespian’s annual conference and are eligible to appear in the National Individual Events Showcase at the International Thespian Conference in Lincoln, Ne., June 22–27. Sam Brumbaugh, Ray Clardy, Thomas Kelty, Matt Lucero and Zoe Le Menestrel were the Highlander students recognized at the conference.

The McLean Theatre company received 15 accolades from for, among others, Best High School Production for “Catch Me If You Can” and “The Addams Family.”

Nearly all of the company members who earned recognition will appear in the McLean Theatre Company’s upcoming regional premiere of Big Fish, running Feb. 16, 19 – 22 at McLean High School’s Burks Auditorium. For more information, visit