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 serving as Alabama STO Secretary for this year. This is her second year as an STO. She stage manages for her theatre program. Some of her favorite shows are Big River, Newsies, Once on This Island, and Bright Star. She hopes you enjoy festival, and she can't wait to see you there!

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 four 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!!

Georgeanna Canon

​Georgeanna Cannon is a Sophomore at Florence High School. This is her first year as a part of the STO board, and she is very honored to represent the state of Alabama’s Thespians. She enjoys singing, dancing, and acting. She plans on graduating high school and going to college for either Musical Theatre or Theatre. Her dream Musical Theatre program would be Michigan University. In her free time, she enjoys listening to show tunes, watching The Office, and reading history based articles. She loves history and seeing how people change and develop over time. She has found this to be very helpful in her journey as a young artist. Some of her favorite musicals are Legally Blonde, A Chorus Line, Bonnie and Clyde, and Big Fish. She cannot wait for festival this year and is overjoyed to be able to represent you as an STO!!!

Melanie Totty

​Melanie Totty is a junior at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She has been involved in theatre since the 8th grade. Some of her favorite roles include Grace Fryer in Radium Girls, Mary Jo Kincaid in A Piece of My Heart, and Audrey in As You Like It, along with numerous ensemble roles from A Christmas Story: the Musical to Peter Pan and various technical positions ranging from spotlight operator for Mary Poppins to stage manager of Woyzeck. She is completely addicted to coffee and cute coffee mugs, is in love with reading, loves finding pictures of cute dogs, and gets really excited just by the idea of cool scenic design. Her current favorite shows are Next to Normal, The Great Comet, Assassins, Much Ado About Nothing, Girl, and How I Learned to Drive. 

Tessa Hall

Hello! My name is Tessa Hall and I am your Alabama STO Vice President! I attend Hueytown High School, troupe #7589, as a senior. This is my second year as an STO and I am stoked to be one! My favorite musical is Anastasia, so please don't hesitate to talk to me about it. I have been involved in my school's theatre program since my freshman year. I am also involved in show choir, which is an absolute blast. If you need anything at Festival, please do not hesitate to ask me! I hope to meet so many of you and see you at Festival!