On Saturday, November 18, Canterbury's Junior Thespian Troupe #89393 competed with 13 other middle schools in District 6 at Estero High School in a variety of performance and technical events.
Chartered last year by Canterbury's Director of Fine & Performing Arts, Dr. William Eyerly and Co-directed by Eyerly with Middle School Theatre teacher Joe Comperchio, the troupe sent 31 sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students to the competition. The students combined to compete in 26 individual events or I.E.s. The students' work is judged by a panel of judges as either Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior. Awards are given for Excellent and Superior. Out of the 26 events, Canterbury's students won 18 awards for Superior and six awards of Excellent.
"This was a tremendous accomplishment by our young troupe, and Joe and I couldn't be more proud of the students' hard work," Dr. Eyerly said. "Most of these students, including every sixth and seventh grader, were competing for the first time and the future is extremely bright."
At the end of the day, the judges review all the top Superior award winners and choose a Best in Room/Critics Choice in each performance and technical category. Once again Canterbury demonstrated that they are a theatre program to be reckoned with, taking two Critics' Choice awards. Annabel C. '22 won in monologues with her piece entitled "Chatterbox". First-time thespian competitors from seventh grade, Mack F. '23, and Jersey H. '23 won Critics' Choice in Duet Acting with their scene from "The Bird" by Laurie Allen. Both pieces were showcased at the closing ceremonies for the festival competition.
The other students took home ribbons for their Superior and Excellent awards. The students representing Canterbury and Middle School Thespian Troupe #89393 were: