International Thespian Society Troupe 5693
The Performing Arts Department’s was granted a charter from the International Thespian Society (ITS) in 1997, establishing Troupe 5693. In its 21-year history, 200+ students have been inducted into the organization. The purpose of the society is to promote and strengthen theater arts at Mercy High School and to recognize students who have performed meritorious work in the Performing Arts Department. Membership is open to all students who have participated in at least two Mercy main stage productions (fall play or spring musical) in two different aspects (acting and crewing) of theater arts and have accumulated a minimum of 100 hours of excellent work according to the International Thespian Society’s guidelines. Members are required to participate in both major Mercy productions in one aspects of the production process as well as in the troupe’s activities. The troupe’s Induction Ceremony is held each October and the Senior Banquet and Awards Ceremony concludes the school year in May.
The Performing Arts Department also sponsors the TRI-M Music Honor Society, recognizing the achievements of music students in their music classes at Mercy High School as well as their outside music studies and performance experiences. Membership is open to all students who are registered for at least one semester of music class each year at Mercy and who have accumulated at least 40 points by being an active musician in school and in the community through private study, ensemble performance, and competitions. Members are required to participate in all TRI-M activities.
Mercy High School’s Forensic Team is a member of the Detroit Catholic Forensic League, competing in the categories of Oral Interpretation, Dramatic Duo, Dramatic Performance, Oratorical Declamation, Original Oratory and Extemporaneous Speaking.
Students on the team are sophomores, juniors and seniors who have completed Speech and Oral Interpretation. An audition is held in January of each year for the team members. Over the past several years, the team has won medals and trophies at the national level. In 2005, a team member advanced to become one of the six finalists in the nation at the Grand National Tournament. In spring of 2016, a team member advanced to the semi-finals and placed 11th in the nation at the Grand National Tournament.
The Mercy Mimes was established in 1990 as an extracurricular activity of the Performing Arts Department. Mercy Mimes are sophomores, juniors and seniors who have auditioned for the troupe after taking the intermediate-level acting class Acting II or who have had major acting experience in a Mercy production and are scheduled for Acting II and Oral Interpretation. In the school year that Actor’s Workshop is offered, all Mercy Mimes should be enrolled in the class. The troupe entertains for both school functions and community events. Mercy Mimes have performed for Mercy Open Houses, Mercy’s annual Auction, area elementary schools, senior citizen homes, charity events in the metro-Detroit area and community parties.
The Mercyaires are the top performing vocal ensemble at Mercy High School that was established in 1961. The Mercyaires have performed throughout the Metro-Detroit area at community and charity events, elementary schools, senior homes, and for school activities, including Open House and the annual Auction. The Mercyaires perform both show pieces and concert music and work with a choreographer during a week of summer camp. The Mercyaires consistently earn top ratings at District and State Solo & Ensemble Festival and Choral Festival. The group consists of sophomores, juniors and seniors who audition in March for the following school year.
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For further information or to schedule the Mercyaires for a community event, please contact:
Rebekah Ferguson: Vocal Teacher, Mercyaires Director, Spring Musical Vocal and Music Director and Conductor, Tri-M Music Honor Society Director: 248-893-3573.