Friday, January 24, 2014

Lakewood Ranch student wins playwriting competition

   Joseph Grosso of Lakewood Ranch High School took first prize in Theatre Odyssey’s second annual Ten-Minute Student Playwriting Festival.

The cast of "Elevate My Life"
   Seventeen high school students from three counties submitted short plays to the festival. Festival officials picked their favorite six, and those were produced at the Neel Performing Arts Center at State College of Florida in Bradenton. Four judges picked Grosso's play “Elevate My Life” as the best of the six. He got $300 for winning the competition.
    His play will also be produced at Theatre Odyssey's annual Ten-Minute Play Festival being held this year May 1-4 at the Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts.

   “Elevate My Life” revolves around a group of disparate people who are briefly stuck in an elevator together.
    Second place went to Jenna Greenfield, also from Lakewood Ranch High School. Her metaphorical drama “The Gate” had two teenage girls communicating through a gate, behind which one of them was imprisoned. Greenfield won $100.
    For more information about Theatre Odyssey and the festival, go to

No comments: