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Troupe 6172
Awarded Critics' Choice 19 times
  since 2003!

The Competitions

Twice a year, we attend Thespian Festivals, or "competitions." 

The first competition is at the District level, where we compete against 16 other schools in Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties.

Then, those who score high enough at District get to compete at the State level (in Tampa, Florida), where every high school Thespian troupe is represented.

Those who score high enough at States get to compete at the National level (in Lincoln, Nebraska).  Because of prohibitive expense, our troupe has chosen not to compete at that level.

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A Few Words of Advice About Competing
... from those that have been there before ...
"Competitions...good ol' competitions.  Man I was so freaked out to go to competitions, I really didn't want to go at first.  But, I was told if I didn't go then I'd regret it, and that is true - I would have.  Districts was so great, walking around on a college campus, seeing a bunch of Thespians doin' their thing.  It was so awesome it gave me a special feeling to take off my shoes and walk around in my toe socks, find a tree and lay under cool is that  STATES! States was heavy cool.  So much stuff to do there!  There's a bunch of tables with neat-o stuff you can buy, and different workshops you can go to,  if you don't know what a "work-shop" is, it's like a bunch of different drama classes, with a bunch of different Thespians.  Bunch O fun!!"
-- Jaclyn Marchisella ('05)
"Come to Districts--You'll regret it if you don't. Not only that, but be completely dedicated to your scene [or tech event]. Live and breathe your scene, think like your character. In the words of Mr. Gaudet, "Eat if you have to, sleep if you must, otherwise, practice your scene." That's how it should be. If you practice as hard as you can and do your best, it doesn't matter if you get a Fair or Superior, you already won. If you didn't practice your scene, except for ten minutes before you went up and you get an Excellent it will be worse than practicing like hell and getting a Fair. If you never practice and get an Excellent then you know that you could have done so much better and it makes you feel like crap that you didn't put in the extra mile and nab that Superior."

 --Sean Davies ('06)

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Each event has different criteria.  The judges give scores from "weak" to "strong" in each category and then assign an overall score.  The judges can assign you one of the following scores:

Superior (you've earned the best score allowed, you are now qualified to advance to the next level of competition)
Excellent (you did really well; you just need some polishing before advancing)
Good (you put in a good effort, but still have work to do)
Fair (you meet all of the requirements for competition, but require significant improvement)
Poor (there are serious and numerous problems with your entry)
Disqualified (did not meet the requirements for competition)
Critics' Choice (not just a Superior score, but the best act the judges saw all day!)
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Tech Event Script List for 2014-15
All tech events (except Playwriting) must be chosen from a certain list of plays.  This list changes every year.  The State Board of Directors chooses this list.  They post a new list after each States Festival on the Florida State Thespian web page.
Students may NOT direct the Musical Theater choices for Student Directed Scene.
Electra by Sophocles
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
Contemporary Comedies
Noises Off by Michael Frayn
Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice
Contemporary Dramas
The Diary of Anne Frank by Albert Hackett & Frances Goodrich
War Horse by Nick Stafford
City of Angels