El Estoque

New in town

New in town

Jahan Razavi

March 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

From start to end: Romeo and Juliet

From start to end: Romeo and Juliet

Emma Lam

March 10, 2016

Cowritten by Vivian Chiang Sophomore Kayleen Nordyke comes down from the technology booth in a flaming red dress, short in the front, high in the back. The click of her heels hits the floor as she walks to the center of the room. She turns to face the audience, full of freshman classes,  and starts h...

What’s your role in drama?

What’s your role in drama?

Emma Lam

December 12, 2015

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...

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

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 men – Aaron McKin...

Superstitions: Behind the curtain- Performance superstitions and rituals

Superstitions: Behind the curtain- Performance superstitions and rituals

Sarah Robinson

October 20, 2015

*Correction (Oct. 21): Rhea was previously listed as performing a ritual for an incorrect dance. n performance arts, so much can go wrong during every show. MVHS student performers have many of their own rituals that they go through before each performance, each intended to bring good luck. These ri...

MVSNL brings audience to tears of laughter

MVSNL brings audience to tears of laughter

Ilena Peng

October 6, 2015

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 hours of time to Mo...