Corbett Prep Thespians in the Spotlight
with Multiple State Awards
Feb. 6, 2016 (TAMPA, Fla.) – From the opening ceremonies that featured two Corbett Prep actors to the three “Best in Show” performances that closed the event, the Florida Junior Thespian Festival showcased the many talents of Troupe 88622.
The Corbett Prep Middle School thespians won top ratings in every category they entered at the statewide contest, which featured more than 4,000 competitors and is the largest junior thespian conference in the world.
Corbett Prep’s Troupe 88622 is under the direction of teachers Barbara McBride, Julie Nelson, Jeanne Rivera, Seth Travaglino and Michael Vokoun.
The students competed Feb. 4-6 in a one-act ensemble and 12 individual acts (10 performance and two technical). Judges score entries on a scale of poor, fair, good, excellent or superior. Nine of Corbett Prep’s individual events received superior ratings and three were named excellent.
Judges also select a “best in show” and an honorable mention for each category. Corbett Prep received three “best in show” accolades, earning the right to perform each act before an audience of 2,500 at closing ceremonies. The selections were:
- The duet You and Me (But Mostly Me) with seventh graders Jaden Waz and Will Sobel, who also performed at the opening ceremonies to represent Thespian District 5
- Eighth grader Tallulah Nouss in the solo The History of Wrong Guys
- Eighth graders Peyten Hernandez, Mackenzie Hicks and Derek Sokol and seventh grader Nico Spataro in the ensemble acting piece Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread
The small group musical number The Terrible Tale of Sally Shapiro (with seventh graders McKinnley and Rylie Nelson and sixth graders Alex Smith and Elena Tarpley) received an honorable mention in its category as well. Corbett Prep had the highest number of best in show entries of any troupe competing.
The troupe’s one-act submission, Shipwrecked!, also excelled. The play was rated superior for performance and technical, with Derek Sokol winning the All-Star Cast Member award for his performance, and Isabela Mocsari winning the All-Star Tech award. Judges named the entire group the Best Ensemble.
Drama teacher Travaglino said he was thrilled to see the students’ accomplishments in all the categories but being named the best ensemble in the state was a special honor.
“It says that you are the students who work together the best,” he told the troupe. “It’s the perfect ending to our journey.”