Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.


by Stephanie McCarthy, MS Music and Thespian Director
Qualifying Middle School students from Shorecrest Jr. Thespian Troupe 88197 had the honor of participating in the Florida State Jr. Thespian Festival held at the Orlando Convention Center from January 12-14, 2023. Attending students and their parents enjoyed the Opening Ceremony on Thursday evening showcasing the Top Honor acts from each of Florida’s twelve districts. Friday’s events consisted of numerous workshops including a “West Side Story” dance workshop, shadow puppetry, Broadway dance experience, musical theatre acting through song, and investigating the red nose – a clowning workshop taught by our MS Theatre Teacher, Matthew Belopavlovich, to over 250 students! On Saturday Troupe 88197 members performed their own qualifying acts for adjudication throughout the day earning a total of 32 individual awards! The three-day event concluded with a Saturday evening Closing Ceremony showcasing the amazing top acts from each category at the State Festival.

Come see some of the amazing, award-winning Jr. Thespian acts at the MS Variety Show on Thursday, February 16 at 7pm in the Janet Root Theatre.

State Thespian Award Recipients:

Large Group Musical: “Revolting Children”, Matilda Jr. – SUPERIOR    
Zoe E. '29, Tyler F. '29, Skye H. '29, Grace K. '29, Alex L. '29, Birkin S. '29, Gina B. '28, Annabel D. '28, Bianca F. '28, Cate F. '28, Alex J. '28, Danny K. '28, Zoe N. '28, Kurt S. '28, Sophie C. '27
Pantomime: “Addicted to Tech” original work – SUPERIOR
Gina B. '28, Sophie C. '27, Daniel C. '27, Hope K. '27, Camilla S. '27

Duet Acting: “Chicken Bones for the Teenage Soup” by Alan Haehnel – EXCELLENT
Bianca F. '28, Ella M. '28
Duet Acting: “Jane and Monster” by Lindsay Price – EXCELLENT
Sara F. '28, Cate F. '28
Solo Musical: “Modern Major-General” Pirates of Penzance – EXCELLENT
Paul S. '27
Monologue: “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead” by Tom Stoppard – EXCELLENT
Charlie H. '27
Monologue: “Something Happened” by Mike Kimmel – EXCELLENT
Sofia L. '27 

Monologue: “Bluebird” by Jonathan Dorf – EXCELLENT
Yashwaant R. '28

Costume Design: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by W. Shakespeare – SUPERIOR
Ella M. '28

Scene Writing: “Making Decisions Sucks” – EXCELLENT
Sara F. '28

Scene Writing: “The Crush” – SUPERIOR
Hope K. '27

Scene Writing: “Amnesia” – EXCELLENT
Camilla S. '27

Shorecrest Preparatory School

5101 First Street Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: (727) 522-2111  |  Fax: (727) 527-4191

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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.