Viera High School’s Thespian Troupe 7083 is in elite company.
The troupe recently won nine Excellent ratings and nine Superior ratings for the 18 entries it submitted to the NE Regional Virtual Thespian Festival.
The crowning achievement, however, came when Viera earned Top Honors for its one-act performances of “Take it Outside — Playwriting 101” by Rich Orloff and for junior Kimberly Loomis’ student-directed scene “Quippage” by Lindsay Price.
Viera was one of just two schools out of 150 to receive two Top Honors in the One Act category.
“Receiving Top Honors for One Acts meant so much to our troupe since everything has been so difficult for everyone this year,” Viera senior Andrew Meier wrote in a text message. “To have all the work pay off in such a high-recognition way, it made all of the obstacles we worked through worth it.”
Viera High theater teacher Eloise Evans was happy with her students, who advanced to March’s state competition.
“I was proud of the kids,” Evans said. “We got top honors because we kept it simple and let the acting speak for itself.”
Viera students earning Superior ratings were: Bailey Freye (Monologue, Solo); Sofia Bordner (Solo); Anderson Law (Solo); Caitlyn Nail (Solo); Bordner and Meier (Duet Musical).
Excellent honors went to: Law and Sherri Trimble (Duet Musical); Freye and Zoe Stanley (Duet Musical); Emily Reynolds and Stanley (Duet Acting); Brody Hemingway (Solo); Leea Johns (Solo); Stanley (Solo) and Alexandria Pugliese; Aryah Maddox-Semper (Duet Musical); Addie Spradlin, Karly Dribble and Bordner (Small Group Musical) and Trimble (Costume Design).
Loomis’ Top Honors scene was acted out by Freye and Law. “Take it Outside — Playwriting 101” involved Freye, Law, Meier and Loomis.
What made this year’s event more challenging is that instead of being able to work in front of an audience, all performances had to be recorded, uploaded and submitted for judging.
“As a performer, without an outright audience present to feed off of, it makes performing very difficult as it can sometimes feel you are working to no goal,” Meier wrote. “But with our cast of three people, we realized we could either let the challenge defeat us or we could come up with creative ways to incorporate the challenges and use them for good.
“It grew myself as a performer and helped me try something new, so despite it being a challenge, it was a great learning experience.”