Viera theatre troupe’s one-act performance impresses judges


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Members of Viera High's one-act play “Seussification of a Midsummer Night’s Dream” pose with their medals after receiving a superior rating at the district competition at Eau Gallie High School. That earned them a spot in the state Thespian Festival which takes place in March. It's only the second time in school history — the first since 2010 — that a one-act play from Viera has qualified for the state competition.

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For only the second time in 12 years, Viera High School is sending a group of theatre students to perform their one-act play at the state competition.

And if their performance of “Seussification of a Midsummer Night’s Dream” at last month’s district event at Eau Gallie High is any indication, they’re going to give quite an inspiring performance.

“The very first thing the judges said to us was, ‘You blew us away,’” Viera Theater Arts teacher Eloise Evans said. “I’ve never heard that from a judge in 30 years of teaching. The last thing was, (one of the judges) took a selfie with the cast. I’ve never seen that before.”

The state Thespian Festival will take place March 14 at the Straz Center in Ferguson Hall in Tampa.

Although Viera has sent other performers to the state event, it’s the first time a One Act has made it since 2010.

“I’m ecstatic,” said Viera student Emily Simon, the assistant director and stage manager.

“It’s the first show that I’ve assistant directed and it’s the first straight play that I’ve stage managed. To hear that it’s going to state for the first time in forever is just amazing.”

Senior Trevor Bickham, president of Viera High School Troupe 7083, described the one-act play as taking William Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and giving it a Dr. Seuss spin. “We’ve taken the play, and basically, we’ve made it rhyme,” he said.

Bickham plays Lysander.

“It’s a very fun role,” he said. “The whole cast has been great to work with. Ever since we started, it’s just been a blast to be a part of. It’s all come together very smoothly.”

Viera students appearing in the one-act play include: Alyssa Denardis; Madison Resnick; Nicole Morganstern; Elisha Gulledge; Drake Vaske; Benjamin Kirk; Taylor Reilly; Bickham; Dominic Hernandez; Allison McDowell; John Sayut; Shane Whitaker; Andrew Meier; Jordan Haded; Chris Greco; Jaden Vasquez; Lindsey DeGrie; Brooke Nicks; Emily Elliss and Ashlynn Edds.

Asked what makes the group so special, Evans said:

“I think it’s the energy of the cast and how much they love each other and how much they love performing. It just shows up.”