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Striving for superiors at state thespians competition

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After working hard all season to perfect pieces, troupe 3814 successfully took on State Thespians, bringing back multiple victories and plenty of memories.

Over 40 thespians from all grades traveled to Tampa, Florida for the annual State Thespian convention to participate in acting workshops, view the shows put on by other districts and perform themselves.

Of the numerous scenes, songs and sets to receive superiors, the highest ranking, at the district convention, only seven events traveled to compete at the state level. Senior Hannah Ellowitz and sophomore Alexa Lopez each performed a solo and earned superiors again.

Among the three scenes to go to states, senior Fiona Baquerizo and junior Veronica Ritkes performed a duet, and senior Brandon Dawson and juniors Nathan Mahon, Wesley Mahon and Frederick Bredemeyer performed a group scene, both receiving superiors. Dawson and Bredemeyer also performed in a scene taken from the play “The Mystery of Irma Vep,”  student-directed by Diego Vazquez-Gomez Bertelli, which received a Critics Choice award at districts and a superior at states.

Aside from the performances, Synnove Mikkelsen showcased her scenic design and received an excellent, the second highest score.

This year, “Almost Maine,” the freshman-sophomore play from last school year was revived and truncated to be performed as a one Act play. The cast remains the same, but “The play changed so much since the first time doing the show. Even though the show was condensed, it still captured the magic of the play,” said Ritkes.

All scoring high, the students successfully showcased their hard work in front of hundreds of peers from across the state.

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