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Learning to embrace your body as a dancer

Learning to embrace your body as a dancer

Shriya Deshpande

January 31, 2017


Filed under Performing Arts, Sports

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen ballet came about in 15th century France, only men were allowed to perform the dance. Based on the standard figures of the time, an expectation for the ideal dancer’s body type was established. This tough expectation— a lean, willowy build and long legs— became the norm...

A walk through Candy Cane Lane: Advanced Drama Honors hosts winter themed festival

A walk through Candy Cane Lane: Advanced Drama Honors hosts winter themed festival

Hannan Waliullah

December 10, 2016


Filed under Arts, Briefs, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Student life

On Dec. 8 and 9 lunch, the door to the blackbox became the entrance to Candy Cane Lane. Three giant candy canes outside of F104 invited students into the jolly, holiday-themed environment. Organized by the Advanced Drama Honors students, Candy Cane Lane provided a relaxing environment for students ...

Marquesas hold their annual winter showcase

Marquesas hold their annual winter showcase

Ilena Peng

December 5, 2016


Filed under Arts, Briefs, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Student life

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Saturday Dec. 3, the Marquesas performed their newest routines for the upcoming competition season. From guest performers singing festive Christmas songs to the Marquesas’ stunning routines, the show went spectacularly, while serving as a way to destress before the upcoming fin...

MVHS “Saturday Night Live” auditions attract a variety of performers

MVHS “Saturday Night Live” auditions attract a variety of performers

Devika Watave

August 22, 2016


Filed under Arts, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Entertainment featured, Main slider, Performing Arts, Theater

Every year, the MVHS Drama Department puts on “Saturday Night Live.” In the show, students adapt classic skits from the SNL TV show. Everybody who auditioned was assigned a role in either one or multiple skits by student directors. The performers then began rehearsing with the actors for their final...

Drama’s ‘The Addams Family’ is hilarious and refreshing

Drama’s ‘The Addams Family’ is hilarious and refreshing

Ananya Bhat

March 24, 2016


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Reviews, Theater

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s the Addams Family *snap snap.* The MVHS Drama Department brings this beloved undead family back to life with its hilarious adaptation of “The Addams Family” musical. The production, directed by drama teacher Sara Capule, portrays a beautiful story of love, family and friends...

What’s your role in drama?

What’s your role in drama?

Emma Lam

December 12, 2015


Filed under Briefs, ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Theater

Co-written by Vivian Chiang. The stage is a busy place. The actors have to practice their lines and cues, but behind the scenes, many people are also hurrying here and there, working on lights, sets and costumes. Have you ever wondered where you fit into drama? Follow this flowchart to see what you...

Theatre terms explained by ITS members

Theatre terms explained by ITS members

Devika Watave

November 17, 2015


Filed under Briefs, Performing Arts, Theater, Theatre

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ere are some theatre terms commonly used in play production. Junior Nelson Niu Sophomore Jeremi Kalkowski  Junior Sithara Menon ...

A conversation about The Laramie Project, Drama’s latest production

A conversation about The Laramie Project, Drama’s latest production

Justin Kim

November 13, 2015


Filed under GSA, Multimedia, OPINION, Performing Arts, Perspectives, Theater, Video

In the fall of 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay college student was brutally beaten and left for dead by two assailants. Shepard died a few days later in the hospital and national media soon crowded around the town of Laramie, Wyoming, where Shepard was murdered, questioning whether the assault...

Drama’s “The Laramie Project” moves audience with the true story of Matthew Shepard

Drama’s “The Laramie Project” moves audience with the true story of Matthew Shepard

Ilena Peng

November 8, 2015


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Reviews

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]omosexuality is not a lifestyle with which I agree,” doctor Rulon Stacey (junior Grace Nevitt) said. “But I don’t understand the magnitude with which they hate.” “The Laramie Project” tells the story of Matthew Shepard, a young boy whose life was taken by two homophobic...

Drama’s opening of a new kind of fall play: “The Laramie Project”

Drama’s opening of a new kind of fall play: “The Laramie Project”

Anushka Tyagi

November 5, 2015


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Multimedia, Performing Arts, Theater, Video

The cast of “The Laramie Project” and Drama teacher Sara Capule explain the process of putting together a different kind of play based on a real event. Make sure to come watch in the Auditorium at 7 pm on Nov. 6, 7, 13, and 14. Video By- Anushka Tyagi, Additional Editing By- Meghna Gaddam, Music From-bensound.com...

MVSNL brings audience to tears of laughter

MVSNL brings audience to tears of laughter

Ilena Peng

October 6, 2015


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]nside the auditorium, music played quietly in the background masked by the excited murmurs coming from the audience. As more and more viewers trickled in, it was hard to believe that it was only a Friday night show of Saturday Night Live. Every year, the drama department dedicates...

Video/Q&A: Raas members teach basic steps and prepare for tryout process

Video/Q&A: Raas members teach basic steps and prepare for tryout process

Sanjana Murthy

September 27, 2015


Filed under Briefs, ENTERTAINMENT, Entertainment featured, Multimedia, Performing Arts, Student life, Video

Raas is one of three Indian dance teams on campus and performs at multiple shows in the Bay Area throughout the year, including Spotlite, held annually at MVHS in May. The all-female dance group is currently in the process of putting together its new team and preparing for the upcoming season. Captains...