Monday, October 19, 2020

MIA Thespians Receive A Grant from Marco Island Foundation for The Arts


Submitted Photo | Back Row to Front is Joseph Krepel, Koby Garcia Lopez, Hannah Brown, Isabella Burgos, Riley Letendre, Grace Field, Rachel Weiner. Not Pictured is Ryan Sullivan.


Marco Island Academy received a special grant of $1500 recently from the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts to help cover the cost of their Performing Arts students who will be participating in the upcoming Florida Thespian Festival. Accepting the check from the President Karen Swanker of MIFAis Mr. Chris Dayett their teacher, along with students who have earned the advancement to State Competition.  

Students receiving Superior (Top Honor) at District level included Joseph Krepel, Ryan Sullivan and Koby Garcia-Lopez. Competing in the StudentDirected Scene category, Hannah Brown and Grace Fields. Competing in the Duet Acting category, Isabella Burgos, Koby Garcia-Lopez and Ryan Sullivan. Competing in the Monologue category and Riley Letendre who also received the Critics’ Award Trophy at District Competition for the play she wroteSnowed In.” These students will be attending the Florida State Thespian Festival in Tampa, FL. The Festival runs from March 18-21, 2020. 

Isabella, Koby, and Ryan are competing in the Monologue categoryHannah and Grace are competing in the Duet Acting categoryRyan, Joseph, and Koby are competing in the StudentDirected Scene category and Riley is competing in the playwriting category.  

In order to advance to States, students must have received a Superior (Top Honor) on the District level. All Troupes are allowed to bring 6 individual events to compete at States. Riley not only received Superior, but she also received the Critic’s Choice Trophy for her play, Snowed In. 

Any student that attends the District competition is eligible to attend States as a spectator and participate in the dozens of workshops offered to all attendees throughout the event. Rachel received Excellent at Districts and is attending States.  

Mr. Dayett teaches grades 9 – 12 at the Marco Island Academy including Intro to Theatre, Advanced Theatre, Musical Theatre, Theatre Production Design & Marketing, Intro to Film, Advanced Film and IGCSE Global Perspectives. He is the Performing Director and ITS Troupe 8628 Director. 

Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which supports all areas of the arts including literary, visual and performing arts through varied events including the Left Bank Art Shows at the Esplanade and YMCA, Brushes Paint Art Shows at the MI Historical Museum and the “Winter Film Series” at Marco Movies. Funds raised are used to support college students majoring in the arts with scholarships and provide grants to local organizations. For more information, go to www.marcoislandfoundation.org. 

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