El Estoque

Student Produced Plays: A look behind the scenes

Student Produced Plays: A look behind the scenes

Akshara Majjiga and Emma Lam

May 23, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts

Directors look back at their last production of 2018

Meet the jokesters

Meet the jokesters

ZaZu Lippert

April 12, 2018


Filed under Briefs, Performing Arts, Theater

MVHS Improv Team will perform at the annual Drama Showcase this Friday, April 13, at 7pm in the Black Box Theater....

Curtain call

Curtain call

ZaZu Lippert

April 5, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Theatre

he lights fade to nothingness as I take one last look around. My head snaps forward. I shake out my hands. Breathe in, breathe out. I close my eyes, but open them again as anxiety, excitement and anticipation course through my veins. The music begins. I stop going through every detail in my head, le...

Urinetown: The perfect mix of satirical humor and music

Urinetown: The perfect mix of satirical humor and music

Akshara Majjiga

April 1, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts

“It’s a privilege to pee.” And with that final note, the chorus of the cast behind her, senior Natalie Standridge — who plays Mrs. Pennywise — ended the song, “Privilege to Pee,” to thunderous applause and laughter. Then, they moved on to the next scene. As the last mainstage produc...

Highlights from the SNL Auditions

Highlights from the SNL Auditions

Himani Yalamaddi

January 12, 2018


Filed under Arts, ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Student life, Theater

Students gather in the auditorium and a mix of nervousness and excitement fills the air. Confidence radiates off of those that have participated before, whereas the new people gather together in anticipation and reassure one another that there was nothing to worry about. Last week, on Jan. 4, MVHS’...

“Anon(ymous)”: Student opinions

“Anon(ymous)”: Student opinions

Akshara Majjiga

December 10, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts

non(ymous),” directed by Roland Emmerich, is a play based on the epic by Homer called The Odyssey. The play is about a young refugee named Anon, who travels through the United States and throughout his journey, meets a variety of people, from a butcher to barflies, some of whom are out to get him and...

Behind the scenes: “She Kills Monsters”

Behind the scenes: “She Kills Monsters”

Akshara Majjiga

November 14, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts

Outside the auditorium on November 10, a huddle of middle schoolers waited excitedly for the doors of the MVHS auditorium to open. Screams of happiness and curiosity filled the air, and high schoolers looked on in bewilderment.   But inside the auditorium there was silence. The sound of metal hitting me...

“Sunny Side Up:” A Process

“Sunny Side Up:”  A Process

Akshara Majjiga

October 17, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Entertainment featured, Performing Arts

t was honestly just a whim. She had been working on her play for a while, finding things she wanted to change, gathering opinions from fellow classmates. She had thought this was a chance to test herself. If she didn’t win, at least she knew she had tried her best. It was also a chance for her, if ...

Drama: A college conundrum

Drama: A college conundrum

Emma Lam

September 15, 2017


Filed under Briefs, ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts

ven though MVHS may be considered STEM focused by many, every year the Drama department draws in its share of enthusiastic and talented students. However, not all of these students continue with drama in college, despite their high school passion for the performing arts. For the students who do pursue the a...

Drama department’s SNL production moved to the spring among other changes

Drama department’s SNL production moved to the spring among other changes

Jennie Chen

August 29, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts

Additional reporting by Emma Lam ith an hour left before the opening night of "The Little Mermaid," senior Jeremi Kalkowski, who was responsible for lighting, rushed on stage with ladder in hand. Already wearing a microphone, in costume and with a full face of makeup, he climbed the ladder to cha...

A lookback: Student Produced Plays

A lookback: Student Produced Plays

Emma Lam

May 30, 2017


Filed under Arts, ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Theater

hroughout the semester, the Advanced Drama Honors class has been working tirelessly to perfect their year-end projects: four student-produced plays in the Black Box Theatre, each about 45 minutes. The event where all of these projects were performed ran from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m on May 13 and 14, an...

Under the Sea

Under the Sea

Rana Aghababazadeh

April 17, 2017


Filed under Arts, ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine, Music, Performing Arts

he actors and actresses stand in a circle outside the MVHS auditorium, crossing their arms to hold hands with their neighbors. One person presses their thumb into the hand of the person next to them as this form of assurance is sent around the circle, easing the nerves of the cast. Several members have...