S-E Thesps Take Part In Theater Festival

SHERBURNE – On Sunday, March 30, the S-E Drama Club took part in the Michael Harms Theater Festival at the Civic Center in Syracuse.  They performed three one act plays from their fall show, including “Sure Thing” which featured Ellen Fagan and Joe Mettler; “Cards” which was written and directed by Joe Mettler, and featured Brenda Hoefler and Taylor Morris; and “Playwrighting 101: The Rooftop Lesson” featuring Adrian Enscoe, Joe Mettler and Tyler Rundell. Several students were recognized with awards and scholarships for their abilities.  Individual Commendation Awards were given to Adrian Enscoe for his performance in “Playwrighting”; to Ellen Fagan for her performance in “Sure Thing.” Jake vonMechow was recognized for his “juggling ability” as he handled both the lighting and sound for the shows. Eric Robertson and Adrian Enscoe also received recognition for their adept maneuvering of a bed through an obstacle course of students from another school!

The big winner of the weekend was Joe Mettler, who received the $1500 Michael Harms Scholarship for writing and directing of “Cards” and his comedic acting in “Sure Thing” and “Playwrighting”. One adjudicator was quoted as saying “Joe is a talented writer besides being an extremely natural actor and insightful director.” Other comments given were “Ellen (Fagan) and Joe (Mettler) had perfect comic chemistry,” and “ Brenda Hoefler and Taylor Morris gave sensitive, realistic performances,” and “Tyler Rundell played the classic straight man and Adrian Enscoe gave a flawlessly neurotic performance”.

Director Colleen Law-Tefft said “This is the first year I’ve had a student win the Michael Harms Scholarship. I am very happy for Joe! This is a very talented group of students who work incredibly well together. Law-Tefft also pointed out that this was a busy weekend for most of her students since the majority of them had competed on Saturday (the day before) at the Odyssey of the Mind State Competition in Binghamton, where they won and will be going onto World Competition. “All of these students, regardless of being recognized, are incredibly creative and seem to rise to any challenge they are given!”  

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