St. Martin’s Middle School Students Score Big at Ga. Jr. Thespian Conference

For the sixth year in a row St. Martin’s Episcopal School (SMES) drama students scored big at the Ga. Jr. Thespian Conference. Three of the troupe’s competition pieces were selected for the final showcase, an honor reserved for the conference’s eight highest scoring entries. The troupe also received six overall Superior scores and two overall Excellent scores, and all 35 SMES students earned the opportunity to compete at the International Thespian Festival this June.
St. Martin’s entered the competition with three musical numbers, three acting pieces and two sound design projects. The pieces selected for showcase included “A Musical” from “Something Rotten,” “Black Nerd” written by Jon Carr, and 8th grader Simon Guterman’s sound design project, which also received best in conference. For five of the past six years, St. Martin’s has been honored as the final performance in the showcase. This year, the spotlight was given to “A Musical.”

The SMES troupe received six Superior scores. They included “It Could Totally Happen” from “Like you Like It,” “The Taming” by Lauren Gunderson, Max Miller’s sound design project, and the three pieces selected for showcase. St. Martin’s also received two Excellent Scores for “Drive” from “The Lightning Thief, the Percy Jackson Musical,” and an excerpt from “Men on Boats.”

The Ga. Jr. Thespian Conference is an annual state-wide competition and workshop event held in February where hundreds of Ga. middle school students are adjudicated in all aspects of theatre.

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Drama participants included: first row (l-r) Drew Park, Nicholas Demba, Preston Grice, Marshall Cain, Elizabeth McCall, Emma Schwind and Gabby Hollier; second row (l-r) Vanesa Chavez, Charlie Parker, Tanner Grady, Alex Hall, Lillian Thomas, Nicholas Lennon, Reese Hudson, Maya Warrier, and Katherine Graham; third row (l-r) Simon Guterman, Liza Love, Katie Nama, Connor McCarthy, Riley Aronowitz, Maddie Crofton, Ansley Matlock, Addison Matlock, and Gracie Crofton; fourth row (l-r) Heidi McKerley, Hanna Livingston, Jack Schmitt, Jesse Sherrill, Charlie Duerr, Austin Scott, Max Miller, Ansley Massanelli, Skyla Harris, Erielle Harris, Andrew Schwartz, and Spencer Stephens.
St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a private day school for students in preschool through grade 8, located in Atlanta, GA. We are dedicated to providing a quality education of the whole person in a loving, Christian atmosphere, which fosters lifelong learning.