Mansoor Esfandieyar

The Thespians performed in their annual showcase earlier this week.

Mahek Shaikh, Activities Manager

The SHS Theatre Company is renowned for its elaborate productions and dedicated troupe members. On Feb. 3, Seminole’s Troupe 3266 put on their State Showcase, featuring the One Act and individual events that they will perform at the State competition before spring break.

In Nov. 2017, Troupe 3266 competed in the District Competition, bringing home several awards. These include Best in Show Ensemble, Best in Show Monologue, Honorable Mention for Playwriting, and First Place Critic’s Choice. Their significant achievements at the District Competition allowed them to advance to both the State Competition in March and the Orlando Fringe Festival in May.

“I think we have a pretty easy shot at getting superiors this competition,” said Thespian president Luke Salamone. “It’s very hard to get Best in Show at districts and our troupe was able to achieve it this year. It’s quite a big achievement for us.”

The Thespian State Competition is much more difficult than districts, as the judging is much more selective. The judges do not rank one best act because of the large amount of contestants, but rather grade each act, with superior being the highest.

“The biggest difference between the state competition and the district competition is the amount of people,” said teacher Mrs. Tiffany Ortiz. “At the district competition, you have all the district counties taking part, but at the state competition, it’s every single county in the state of Florida, which adds to the difficulty level. We have done relatively well at state competitions in the past years, so I have a pretty good feeling about this year as well.”

All proceeds from their State Showcase will help the Thespians attend their State Competition and bring home the gold yet again to SHS.