Local High School Students Act Out! Students at ECHS Charlotte Advance to Theater State Competition

Dec 13, 2013

December 13, 2013 – PUNTA GORDA, FLA. –The Edison Collegiate High School Charlotte Drama Club has two performances that are winning competitions.  Recently, 19 students in The Drama Club traveled to Cypress Lake High School in Ft. Myers to compete in the annual District-Wide competition.  They received several awards including a Superior that advances them to compete in the State Drama competition in Tampa in March.  On Thursday October 10th, the Drama Club performed a showcased called The Night of Applause which featured multiple acts of students performing the specific pieces that they took to Individual Events.   

On December 14, students will debut a One-Act play, The Problem with Problem Plays by Ken Preuss, to compete in a local One-Acts drama competition.  If this performance receives a Superior score, then they will also be competing at the State Drama competition in Tampa. 

“This has been an exciting year for The ECHS Drama Club,” said Paige Williams, Drama Teacher at ECHS Charlotte.  “It has been so rewarding to see a record breaking number of students not only participate in the class, but also participate in the competitions.  Every student has shown amazing dedication, commitment and desire to be a part of this group whether it is on stage or behind the scenes.”

Every year in October, each district in the state of Florida hosts a competition called Individual Events.  ECHS Charlotte is part of district six with a total of 25 high schools all competing in Fort Myers, Florida in different events.  Students perform solos, duets, and large group numbers in singing and acting.  There are also competition categories for playwriting, costume design, make-up design, lighting design and set design.  There are very specific rules that the students have to follow for each event and each student is only allowed to be involved in three separate events.  If the students win a “superior” score – which is the highest score they can win – they will automatically be able to compete with their piece at the state competition in Tampa, Florida in March.   Winning a “superior” and being able to compete at a state-wide level is a high honor and difficult to achieve.  Each event is judged by three different judges and the scores are determined by the average of the three scores.  During local competitions, students are able to watch other performances, network with other theater students, and attend workshops to hone their skills.  During the State competition, participants will have access to these benefits on a larger scale, and be competing against other schools from all of the state of Florida.

ECHS Charlotte is designed to provide students of all ability levels an opportunity to graduate with both a high school degree and an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from Edison State College.  The transformational teaching methods used provide an engaging learning environment and opportunities for all students to receive additional educational resources through the high school and Edison State College.   Students enjoy small class sizes and individualized attention at ECHS since the school has a maximum of 400 students, 100 per grade from nine through 12.  For more information about Edison Collegiate High School Charlotte County visit http://echs.edison.edu/.

Celebrating over 50 years of excellence, Edison State College is Southwest Florida’s largest, most accessible and ranked nationally as one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Serving more than 24,000 students per year regionally, nationally, and internationally, students are also active in a wide variety of clubs and programs that cater to their interests. Nationally, Edison State is ranked 45th among associate degree producers and 26th for its prestigious associate producing Nursing program.