Canterbury Junior Thespians Shine at State Festival

In only its second year of existence, the Canterbury Middle School Junior Thespian Troupe 89393 had an amazing performance at the 2018 Junior State Thespian Festival in Orlando, with every single student earning a medal.
"We were so successful at Districts with 18 Superior awards, as well as Critics' Choice/Best in Room awards in monologues and duet acting, that we had to make some tough decisions heading into state," explains Director of Fine & Performing Arts, Dr. WIlliam Eyerly. "We are only able to take 12 of our Superior events to State, including eight Performance events and four technical events," added Junior Thespian Co-director, Joe Comperchio.

In the end, twenty students in grades six through eight were selected to head to State competition in Orlando. After opening ceremonies and a show on Thursday evening, the students spent Friday in a variety of workshops that included Acting on Camera, Improvisation, and even Stage Combat! Saturday, all twelve of Canterbury's events performed at the packed Orange County Convention Center. A panel of judges in each category adjudicates the pieces as Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior. Medals are given only to students who earn Excellent or Superior ratings. Amazingly, all 12 of Canterbury's pieces scored Excellent or Superior with all twenty students bringing home medals! The results are as follows:

In Monologues, Emily B. ’22 ("Neet Teen") and Annabel C. ’22 ("Chatterbox") each earned SUPERIOR medals for their performances. Both girls also received perfect scores from at least one judge.

In Solo Musical Theatre, Lucy C. ’24 earned an EXCELLENT medal for her performance of "Home" from "Beauty and the Beast", just missing a Superior by one point! We know this sixth-grader will be back next year!

In Duet Musical Theatre, the duo of Lauren L .’23 and Julian V. ’23 sang and danced their way to EXCELLENT medals with a charming performance that was well reviewed by the judges.

In Duet Acting, the teams of Amaya E. ’24 and Michaela F. ’24, as well as Mack F. ’23 and Jersey H. ’23, took home EXCELLENT medals for their comedy scenes that both scored just short of Superior.

Meanwhile, the duet scene "Report Card" featuring Jack B. ’23 and Jake Z. ’23 earned SUPERIOR medals with a stellar performance that captivated the judges.

In Ensemble Acting, "The Escape" featuring Ian P .’22, Josh D. ’23, Jasmine S. ’23, and Kayla G. ’23 earned laughs and high marks from the judges resulting in EXCELLENT medals for the team.

The tech events kicked off with Maddie C. ’23 and Zach M. ’23 presenting their original script in the Scene Writing category. The judges were impressed and rewarded them with EXCELLENT medals.

Next up in Set Design, Katie R. ’24 showed off her detailed woodland set design for Shakespeare's "As You Like It" while Nadia M .’24 presented her meticulous and realistic set of Professor Higgins’ study from the play "Pygmalion". Both were rewarded for their hard work with EXCELLENT medals.

Finally, capping off an incredibly successful day for the troupe, Ezri M. ’23 presented her original Makeup Design for the play "The Miracle Worker". The judges loved her organized presentation and the extra addition of a journal with notes and photos of her designs. Her extra work paid off and she was awarded a SUPERIOR medal.