Seaside School gets new theater program


Special to the Daily News

MIRAMAR BEACH —  Emerald Coast Theatre Company has added a new Junior Thespians troupe chapter in Walton County, which will also serve students in the west end of Okaloosa County.

In partnership with the Seaside Neighborhood School campus of Seaside School, Inc. on 30A in Seaside, Florida, this ensemble of thespians will be a chartered member of the Educational Theatre Association’s Junior Thespians.

The new troupe (No. 89447) will be part of District 10 and will be competing with other chapters in at regional and state competitions with other chapters and making appearances within the community.

“We are honored to form this creative partnership with Seaside Neighborhood School,” said ECTC producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher.

The International Thespian Society (ITS), founded in 1929, is an honorary organization for high school and middle school theater students located at more than 4,200 affiliated secondary schools across America, Canada and abroad. The mission of ITS is to honor student achievement in the theater arts. High school inductees are known as Thespians and junior high/middle school inductees are known as Junior Thespians. ITS is a division of the Educational Theatre Association.

The ECTC Junior Thespian Troupe is open to any student in grades six to eight, who is interested in developing personally in the craft of acting while creating a unique performance piece with fellow players. This troupe will focus on specialized training, acting techniques, and implementing those techniques into performance.

Darla Briganti, an actor, director and theater instructor who has been a teaching artist with ECTC’s Theater Education programs since its inception in 2012, will serve as the troupe’s theater coach. Rehearsals will be held on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at ECTC, 560 Grand Boulevard, Suite 200, upstairs located within Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Additional rehearsals and/or private coaching will be scheduled as needed.

For more information on ECTC’s Junior Thespian Troupe, visit and click on the “Educational” tab.

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