Sherburne-Earlville drama club excels in theatre festival

SHERBURNE – On Sunday, April 1, the Sherburne-Earlville High School Drama Club took part in the Michael Harms Theatre Festival at the Civic Center in Syracuse. They performed two one acts from their fall show, including “Always” which was directed by Ellen Fagan and “Any Minute” which was written and directed by Joe Mettler. Several students were recognized with awards and scholarships for their abilities. Individual Commendation Awards were given to Justine Cameron for her performance in “Always” and to Joe Mettler for writing, directing and acting in “Any Minute,” and to Mark Wessing for his sound and lighting on the whole production. Shayna Andrews received the IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Scholarship for her excellent Stage Managing abilities and Adrian Enscoe received the NYSTEA (New York State Theatre Education Association) Scholarship for his characterization of Paulie in “Any Minute.”  The Anonymous Scholarship went to Joe Mettler for writing, directing and acting in “Any Minute.” Joe received a huge amount of praise from the adjudicators for the play he wrote, including their help in contacts for publishers for his play. They compared the style of his play to Samuel Beckett's “Waiting for Godot” and suggested that he get the play published, saying that there are many colleges and theatre groups across the country who would love to work on this kind of performance piece! Sherburne-Earlville was also honored to receive the Award of Excellence for overall excellence in their production at the festival.

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