Crystal River High School thespians score well in Ocala competitions

Crystal River High School’s Thespians (Troupe 3793) competed and scored well in both the One Act short play and individual competitions with students from 12 other schools from Citrus, Marion and Lake counties, over two days in Ocala during December.

In fact, the drama students fared so well they received a “near perfect Superior rating for Tech and an Excellent rating for performance,” said Michael Shier II, director of theatre for Crystal River High School.

These seasoned thespians competed in 14 events and will showcase their entire performances at CRHS at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. Admission is $5.

According to student Natalie Stone, “Thanks” is about a dysfunctional family, but has a comedic flare.

“Our One Act, ‘Thanks,’ by Ken Dashow, starred six of our amazingly talented students, with a technical crew of nine others supporting them,” Shier II said.

They entered 14 events into the individual event competitions in various categories — Monologues, Duet Acting, Solo Musical, Duet Musical, Small Group Musical, Makeup Design, Costume Design, Costume Construction and Publicity Design.

“Eight of these events earned Excellent ratings, while three more earned Superior ratings, which qualify them to compete at the Florida State Thespian Festival in March — the largest high school festival in the world,” Shier said.

Qualifying for state events is Kym Heintzelman for Costume Construction (Sally Bowles, “Cabaret”) Steven Penn and Natalie Stone for Duet Acting (in a scene from “You Can’t Take It With You”) and Sarah Ann Spivey for a Solo Musical titled “My Party Dress” from “Henry and Mudge.”

“I am so incredibly proud of my students. They worked so hard on their pieces for competition, especially the One Act, which required a lot of long rehearsals and they were rewarded for it at the festival,” Shier said.

“It was important to me that they have a chance to perform these pieces on our stage for our community as a whole, so this showcase was something the students and I really had our hearts set on producing.”

Forthcoming, on March 2, the troupe will perform a musical cabaret at CRHS, and during the spring on May 3, 4 and 5, they will host a musical show called “Forbidden Broadway.”

Tickets for the Jan. 26 showcase can be purchased at Crystal River High School.


WHAT: Performances by Crystal River High School Troupe 3793

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26


COST: $5

INFO: 352-795-4641

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