A team of 28 middle school performers from Corbett Preparatory School of IDS won honors in every category at a recent state theater competition.
Corbett Prep Troupe 88622 competed on Feb. 7 and 8 in a one-act event and in 10 individual and group categories at the Florida Junior Thespians State Festival in Melbourne, the largest middle school thespian competition in the world.
Every Corbett Prep entry received a superior rating, the highest score. Two entries won “Best in Show” accolades among the musical and acting submissions from more than 70 schools statewide.
“AP Theatre,” Corbett Prep's one-act submission, was named best-in-show among the 19 plays performed, the highest honor a troupe can earn. The 37-minute play, featuring 25 students, required actors to perform in three classic theatrical styles — Greek, Theatre of the Absurd and Bunraku. Derek Sokol, a sixth-grader, won the All-Star Cast Member award for his performance in the show.
Seventh-grader Kenny Beckford's monologue from August Wilson's “Fences” also won a best-in-show, one of four honors out of the 285 monologues performed at the competition. His performance earned him the chance to perform at the festival's closing ceremonies before 4,000 people.
Opening ceremonies featured Corbett Prep students as well. Seventh-graders Tyler Hostler-Mathis, Charles Lee-Rossing and Jack Sobel were chosen as district representatives at the district competition in November. They performed their ensemble acting piece, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” at the opening ceremonies and received a standing ovation.
The students were under the direction of teachers Barbara McBride, Jeanne Rivera, Emilia Sargent, Seth Travaglino and Michael Vokoun.