El Estoque

Santa Claus comes to town

Santa Claus comes to town

Alyssa Hui and Tabitha Mendez

December 16, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

Children and staff attend a holiday celebration with Santa and his elves

Games with Improv

Games with Improv

Elena Khan and Justine Ha

October 26, 2018


Filed under Uncategorized

At every Wednesday lunch meeting in the drama black box, Improv Club begins with a warm-up game. The games range from practicing group activities to participating in debates. Adviser and drama teacher Jeff Adams views this club as a way to explore the behind-the-scenes of the rehearsal stages and all...

Improv Club: Looking ahead

Improv Club: Looking ahead

Alyssa Hui and Justine Ha

September 28, 2018


Filed under Briefs, ENTERTAINMENT

Members discuss their love for Improv Club

A different stage: Students and staff participate in community theater

A different stage: Students and staff participate in community theater

Michelle Wong

April 11, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

s the lights in the theater dimmed, the room, filled with dozens of MVHS Spanish students and many more members of the community, came to an eager silence. A man stood solo on the stage, paint across his face, and began speaking in Spanish to the crowd, introducing the play “La Muerte Bail...

New in town

New in town

Jahan Razavi

March 7, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

he show never stops for MVHS drama students; even though they have just finished SNL performances, the department’s newest schedule has propelled them as the spring musical — “Urinetown” — is right around the corner. Despite drama teacher Sarah Capule’s maternity leave, the drama students are...

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 ...

12 Angry Jurors: A new setting

12 Angry Jurors: A new setting

Sara Entezarmahdi

November 4, 2016


Filed under Arts, Briefs, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT

Above the tile flooring, below the dimmed lights and before the stand alone water dispenser, lies the set of Monta Vista’s 2016 fall play: “12 Angry Jurors.” The play, a rendition from the original drama written by Reginald Rose in 1964, has been modified to adapt to MVHS’ female-heavy casting...

Saturday Night Live features a variety of comedic, student-produced sketches

Saturday Night Live features a variety of comedic, student-produced sketches

Becca Zheng

October 2, 2016


Filed under Arts, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT

VHS’ annual performance of “Saturday Night Live” included skits that were showcased on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1. The show was produced, directed and acted by students, and hosted by government teacher Ben Recktenwald and economics teacher Pete Pelkey. Performances ranged from comedic...

How to calm down before an audition

How to calm down before an audition

Sara Entezarmahdi

September 22, 2016


Filed under Arts, Briefs, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT

Coauthored by Emma Lam Beyond the humor and drama of the curtains at the MVHS theatre, there lies a less peppy, more tense crowd. There stands an array of students, both excited and nervous. Some pace back and forth, talking to themselves — some recite their lines to groups, looking for feedback...

‘Hamilton’ awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama

‘Hamilton’ awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama

Ilena Peng

April 23, 2016


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

n April 21, “Hamilton” the musical joined an impressive lineup of musicals and plays when it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The musical, which offers a modern take on the history of Alexander Hamilton’s life and his perspective on the U.S. as a young country, has made headlines because of i...

Unmasking the diversity of theatre

Unmasking the diversity of theatre

Bill Cheng

April 17, 2016


Filed under Briefs

ew names are as controversial or as recognized in the realm of theater than that of William Shakespeare. Born in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon in England, Shakespeare was the author of more than 30 different tragedies and comedies that are still performed worldwide. One of the unfortunate side...