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Corbett Prep Thespian Troupe Shines at State Competition

Every entry from Corbett Prep Troupe 88622 received superior ratings at the Florida Junior Thespians State Festival.

Troupe 88622 received superior ratings in every category the students entered at the Florida Junior Thespians State Festival.

Troupe 88622 received superior ratings in every category the students entered at the Florida Junior Thespians State Festival.

Feb. 10, 2014 (TAMPA, Fla.) – Twenty-eight Middle School performers from Corbett Preparatory School of IDS had a show-stopping experience this month at a state theatre competition where all of them earned top honors.

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 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 one-act plays performed, the highest honor a troupe could earn. The 37-minute play, featuring 25 members of the thespian troupe, required students 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. Kenny’s 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 with such skill they received a rousing standing ovation.

The students were under the direction of teachers Barbara McBride, Jeanne Rivera, Emilia Sargent, Seth Travaglino and Michael Vokoun.

“We are so proud of all of our students for their amazing work and dedication to their craft,” Travaglino said. “It is important to note that our school competed against 10 or more performing arts magnet schools — many who brought 75 to 100 students to compete. Our school was the only school to be able to say we performed at opening ceremonies, closing ceremonies, won ‘Best in Show’ for our one-act and only earned superior ratings!”


Founded in 1968, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS (formerly Independent Day School - Corbett Campus) is a fully accredited, nonsectarian private school located in Tampa’s Carrollwood neighborhood. The school serves over 500 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and offers the International Baccalaureate program of study for all students. Teachers are endorsed in gifted education through a master’s level grant with the University of South Florida College of Education. Corbett Prep balances a dynamic, nurturing and safe learning environment with high standards and high expectations to develop a positive approach to life and learning. Corbett Prep has become recognized as an exemplary school with over 7,000 visitors observing and learning from Corbett Prep teachers. For more information, visit or contact the Admissions Office at (813) 961-3087.