BRIDGEWATER, NJ - On March 19, three students from the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Gifted and Talented Honors Theater Arts Program were honored at The Theater Project's 14th annual Young Playwrights Competition Performance and Awards Ceremony.

Eleven students in total were honored at the event, where the students were provided free tutorials, offered half hour script consultations with adult playwrights and directors from the Theater Project, as well as the opportunity to meet with other contestants and the actors who were performing the winning plays. 

As the first place winners, SCVTHS students Ryan Cook, Derek Crosby and Jack McManus (all of Bridgewater) received cash prizes and saw their work performed by the professional actors at the ceremony held at the Cranford Community Center.

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According to The Theater Project’s website, “The goal of the competition is to encourage the next generation of theater practitioners and audience by honoring their work and bringing it to life. The Theater Project is committed to the concept that participation in the arts builds fundamental skills in reading, writing and critical thinking, crucial at all ages.”

For more information contact James Strickhart at 908-526-8900, ext. 7169 or