Norwalk Reflector: Edison Drama Club gets standing ovation at state conference

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Edison Drama Club gets standing ovation at state conference

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Apr 2, 2016 at 4:00 PM

MILAN — The 20 members of the Edison High School Drama Club recently returned from participating in an eventful Ohio State Thespian Conference.

The three-day conference featured student performances, competitions and workshops presented by university educators and other theatre professionals. It was held at Dublin Scioto High School and attended by more than 1,500 delegates representing 51 schools.

On the opening night, Edison's featured full-length performance of “Twelve Angry Jurors” was greeted with a standing ovation from an audience of more than 500 delegates. Only seven other schools were invited to present featured full-length performances.

Edison freshman Allison Pennell received two superior ratings when she participated in the costume construction category of the state individual events competition. Her entry was selected as the best entry in her category and earned her an invitation to participate in the National Individual Event Showcase this summer in Lincoln, Neb.

Edison High Schools Thespian Troupe 930 was recognized as a gold-level honor troupe and was the smallest of only six schools receiving honor troupe recognition this year. The recognition is based on the number of performances a troupe presents, including touring productions, the educational or service projects they participate in, their willingness to innovate.

During the conference, Edison drama director Rex Stanforth was inducted into the Ohio Chapter of the Educational Theatre Association's Hall of Fame in recognition if his 45 years as a theater educator and his service on the State Thespian Board.

The honor also included Stanforth’s time as the technical director for several all-Ohio productions including “Edison Light,” which he authored. It which was first produced at Edison before being selected as the 1999 All Ohio Show.

This year marked Edison's 35th consecutive year of participation in the conference, the second longest streak in the state.

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