Troupe 4009 attends 2013 State Thespian Festival

Troupe 4009's one act was performed in Morsani Hall at the Straz Performing Arts Center in Tampa. (Photo: Englerth)

Troupe 4009’s one-act was performed in Morsani Hall at the Straz Performing Arts Center in Tampa. (Photo: Englerth)

Lecanto High’s Troupe 4009 traveled to Tampa March 20-24 to showcase their talent in the Florida State Thespian Festival, otherwise known among fellow drama students as “The Greatest Festival on Earth.”

Directors Amanda Mathieu and Destin Black accompanied 24 students on the trip to represent District 12 in hopes of bringing home a title. Lecanto brought 6 individual events as well as their One-Act titled “Trapped,” which received “Critic’s Choice” and a “Superior” in both tech and acting at the 2012 district festival. Although Troupe 4009 had high hopes that the State competition would award the same result, the One-Act performance was disqualified from the competition due to going over the allotted time.

Drama club president and senior Tyler Philolius and senior Jordan Farmer brought their individual event to state but were also disqualified for going over their allotted time of 5 minutes. Otherwise, they would have been recognized with a “Superior” for their acting scene from “Barefoot in the Park.”

“I am beyond happy with our performance; it was the best we have ever done! I love working with Tyler, and I wish we had another opportunity to perform together before we graduate, but this scene will always be a great memory of mine,” Farmer said.

“I’m super proud of Jordan and I. We have improved our scores immensely and it’s been so much fun working with her. I wouldn’t have shared this experience with anyone else, and even though we got DQ’d, we received a ‘Superior’ score, which I think is an accomplishment in itself,” Philolius said.

Seniors Marissa Peragine and Stefanie Englerth and junior Sarah Chesser also brought an acting scene to the festival which received an “Excellent” from the state judges. Peragine performed her own monologue as well, also receiving the same recognition. Seniors Jessica Poulin and Abbey Howard showcased solo musicals, with Poulin bringing in another “Excellent” for the troupe. Junior Jessica Collins was in a special individual event, because there was no acting involved. Collins competed in a set design category and also earned herself an “Excellent.”

“I think I did really well! I was definitely more prepared than I was at Districts. I had a lot of time to plan what I was going to say, and the judges played off my ideas and gave me a lot of great feedback. It was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to do it again next year,” Collins said.

Citrus High School also participated in the event representing District 12, and their One-Act titled “Candid” got perfect scores, resulting in a “Superior” from the judges.