Student Board

Meet the Current Alabama State Thespian Officers

Charlsi McNiese:

Charlsi McNiese is from Corner High School and is the president of troupe 6639. This is her first year being an STO, and she is thrilled about the opportunities to be gained from this experience. She enjoys directing, stage managing, and acting. She plans to become a theatre teacher in the future and wants to inspire children to express themselves through the arts. She enjoys seeing shows across the state to support her fellow thespians and experiencing​ theatre as much as possible. She is a firm believer in advocating for the arts and the importance of the arts in schools. The arts have greatly impacted Charlsi's high school career, and she hopes to help in spreading the knowledge of and opportunities for art programs throughout the state so that other students can have the opportunity to participate in high school art programs similar to that of her experience. She can't wait for the upcoming Alabama Thespians Festival and is excited to meet new Alabama Thespians and to help the Festival planning unfold.

Lizzy Bennett

Hey everyone! My name is Lizzy Bennett and I am excited to be serving my second year as an Alabama STO! A few things about me are that I am an absolute nerd. I love Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and especially Star Wars. I love film and stage equally, and I prefer musicals to straight plays. A few of my favorite musicals, which are constantly changing, Anastasia, Wicked, A Chorus Line, and Chicago. I also love talking and meeting new people so if you see me around, just come up and talk to me, I’d love to get to know you! Can’t wait to see all of you at this year’s Thespian Festival!

Hannah Maner

Hannah Maner is a junior at Florence High School, Troupe #2273. She is a stage manager for her department. Her favorite show that she has worked is Big River. This is her second year serving as an Alabama STO! Some of her favorite shows include Spring Awakening, A Bronx Tale, and Dogfight.

Michael Armstrong

Hello my name is Michael Armstrong and this is my first year as an Alabama thespians officer. I'm an actor , a cheerleader, and i play 4 different instruments. My favorite show is either Bonnie and Clyde the musical or The Last 5 Years. My favorite role that I've played is probably Sam Wheat from Ghost the musical. I'm looking forward to working with all of you guys this year!

Riley Wippert

Riley Wippert is a sophomore at Corner High School, troupe 6639. Being an STO for the first time, she has loved getting to know and work with new people. In elementary school Riley began her acting career. She performed many roles in many plays at West Jefferson Elementary and also competed. Performing arts is her get away from the world. That is probably one of her many reasons for pursuing an active role in Corner High School's marching band as an auxiliary member and a as a prop mistress, stage manager and a competitive actor for Corner Theatre Academy. She is truly thankful for the opportunities presented by CTA to watch shows around the state and will continue to show her support for the arts throughout her high school and college career. Riley is also super excited for Festival and can't wait to see you all there!

Rachel McClinton

My name is Rachael McClinton. I am a senior at Hueytown High School. I am a stage manager and enjoy seeing every project we do through to the end. My favorite musical is either Into the Woods or The Last Five Years. I am extremely excited for this year as an STO!!