Imagine finding yourself onstage in front of a multitude of people who are expecting you to perform for them. Their eyes follow your every move, reacting to them. The drama students had performed in the Don Wash auditorium for an audience that clapped and laughed endlessly at their entertaining performances.
Their spectacular production was on November 16 at 7pm and was free of charge.
To begin their showcase, students presented monologues that they had created themselves. Ms. Leong, the director of the production, explains that “students took an inspiring quote from Humans of New York and created an entire story from it.” Within every monologue, the actors and actresses addressed certain problems such as depression, anxiety, and drug addiction. “We made most of our monologues personal to us,” shares Gill Thomason (11), who wrote and acted out an original monologue. The audience could feel the emotion of the performers as they acted out their character’s problems.
Performers relied on facial expressions and tone of voice rather than movement to communicate the hardships their character faced. Following the creative original monologues was a series of improvisation acts. The audience suggested what the performers would act out, on the spot. Without any hesitation as if they had a script for the scenes, the theater students were able to take on their new character with ease. One of the actresses, Ailini Hutchinson (12), was nervous at first, but she soon got “comfortable with the audience and enjoyed hearing them laugh and react to her performances.”
To end the showcase, the theater split into two teams to compete in a lip sync battle that they had prepared beforehand. Mr. Bui judged the 3 songs each team presented and picked the winner based on the cheering and clapping from the audience.
Team Jessie lip sang “Kiss the Girl” from Little Mermaid, “Just Can’t Wait to be King” from The Lion King, and finished off with “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani. Team Ailini performed “Hold Up by Beyonce”, “Bet On It” from High School Musical, and “Toxic” by Britney Spears. Kathleen Olimpo (10), after attending her first theater show, said “The highlight of the event for me was the lip sync battles because it was so funny to watch.” Both teams received loud
amounts of cheering, but in the end Team Jessie had the audience screaming as they applauded. The drama class had an amazing performance that had the audience laughing throughout their entire production, and they brought awareness to problems many people are facing. Drama will be featuring another showcase on February 6 at the Don Wash Auditorium, so make sure to mark your calendar for another heartfelt and funny showcase!