El Estoque

Laramie Project auditions draw in actors looking for a challenge

Laramie Project auditions draw in actors looking for a challenge

Hannan Waliullah

September 2, 2015


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Theater

Students crowded around outside of room F104 — some were finishing homework, others were rehearsing anxiously, one was even playing the harmonica. They were all waiting to enter the drama room to recite a monologue with their expressive emotions. As they waited patiently, names were called one by on...

Pulling back the curtain

Pulling back the curtain

Priya Reddy

August 22, 2015


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Multimedia, Performing Arts, Video

Monta Vista SNL is a student run production put on every year. Unlike most drama productions, SNL is almost completely student run. From costumes to props to scripts they do it all. As students themselves the  directors are better able to connect with the all the others that are trying out. As drama...

MVSNL hosts its annual student-run auditions

MVSNL hosts its annual student-run auditions

Aditi Desai

August 21, 2015


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts

Monta Vista Saturday Night Live is an annual spinoff of the popular television show Saturday Night Live. Despite the professional result that the audience sees, behind the curtain, MVSNL is simply a group of students bonding over what they enjoy. Hover over the photos for each person’s perspective...

Drama’s “Devilish” is a wickedly charming schoolgirl story

Drama’s “Devilish” is a wickedly charming schoolgirl story

Brandon Chin

May 17, 2015


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Theater

High school can be hell. An agent of the Devil just makes it more likely. Drama’s production of “Devilish,” produced by junior Thaddeus J. Tarshis and directed by senior Megan Chandler, is an adaptation of the novel by Maureen Johnson that was published under the same name. While the other two ...

Drama’s “Blood Relations” chills the blood with the Lizzie Borden Case

Drama’s “Blood Relations” chills the blood with the Lizzie Borden Case

Justin Kim

May 16, 2015


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Theater

Drama’s 2015 Annual Student Produced One Act Festival sinks into blood and horror as the sun continues its descent into darkness. “Blood Relations” promises to emphasize both with an hour of horror and psychological tension. Produced by junior Thaddeus J. Tarshis and directed by senior Aditi Soin,...

Drama’s “Out Past the Rabbit Hole” mixes old and new fiction

Drama’s “Out Past the Rabbit Hole” mixes old and new fiction

Justin Kim

May 15, 2015


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Theater

Every spring, Drama allows the students to take over with the Annual Student Produced One Act Festival. Students, as the name suggests, produced individual one hour one act plays over the course of a month. Senior Soham Chowdhury took this a step further with his brain child, “Out Past the Rabbit...

Drama’s “Footloose” is humorous yet poignant

Drama’s “Footloose” is humorous yet poignant

Neha Patchipala

March 25, 2015


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Reviews, Theater

Drama’s adaptation and performance of the 1984 film “Footloose” is brimming with the broken rawness of a town and people ravaged by a tremendous loss. In this small town with too many wounds and memories, the refreshing passion of the young contrasts the severity, which comes with pain, of the...

Advanced drama’s ‘‘The Tempest’’ short and sweet

Advanced drama’s ‘‘The Tempest’’ short and sweet

Brandon Chin

March 9, 2015


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Reviews, Theater

Despite brevity, drama’s performance in “The Tempest” stirs up a storm. Free things are always nice. Free food, free game trials, freeloading, freedom. You can’t go wrong with “free.” Advanced Drama’s rendition of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” was good on its own without...

MVHS Drama Showcase(s) Improv Club and Segal Scholarship

Justin Kim

February 24, 2015


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Theater

Friday the 13th. A dreaded time of gloom, misfortune and beating the dead horse of a movie franchise over and over again (for those interested, Paramount Pictures is planning to release the thirteenth 13th “Friday the 13th” movie on May 13, 2016). At least, that’s what it was if you didn’t go th...

Beatboxing club members explore techniques together

Beatboxing club members explore techniques together

Malini Ramaiyer

December 16, 2014


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

When Electronics teacher Ted Shinta entered his room at lunch on Nov. 19, a group of students had already trickled in. Having made F108 their usual hangout, they played computer games, ate their lunch and discussed the meaning of Forrest Gump. On this Wednesday lunch, three additional students waited...

MVHS Drama’s Winter Wonderland

Justin Kim

December 14, 2014


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Theater

With the holidays coming soon, MVHS Drama invited the school’s faculty and their families to their winter event, Santa’s Workshop, in the Black Box on Dec. 11. Drama board members and Principal April Scott dressed up for the occasion, taking the guise of elves and Mrs. Claus, respectfully. During...

Drama: ‘The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr Abridged’ a highly comedic and interactive parody

Ashish Samaddar

March 14, 2014


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Reviews, Theater

Satire sets ‘Shakespeare Abridged’ apart from other student productions of Shakespeare plays. Read More »...