GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Dozens of eager thespians filled the Ray Bishop Auditorium at Gulfport High School Saturday for Thes-Con.
"It's part of an International Society of Thespians, which is a society for people who enjoy theater," said Tupelo High School student, Josh Martin.
The number of people involved with the convention grows every year. School buses from across the state packed the parking lot.
"It's really refreshing. This is the biggest I've seen the festival get and I've been lucky enough to go to the festival four times," said Cori Straight from Gautier High
The convention isn't only for like-minded thespians to be around each other. It also presents plenty of opportunity to those who take advantage. Brannen High School student Matthew McMurtry just won a contest and will now advance to the next level.
"We are [now] able to go onto the International Thespian Conference and have a chance to compete in their main event there. We'll get to do it on their largest stage with some of the best shows in the nation," said McMurtry.
Everyone is looking forward to the future of the convention. They're just happy to be able to express themselves through theater.
"We get to come together and make new connections and work together for something that we enjoy which is theater and art," said Martin.
Those interested in joining extra curricular involving theater can learn how through their school system.