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

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

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...

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

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

Brandon Chin

May 17, 2015

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

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

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

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...

Opening Night: Drama prepares for first performance of Footloose

Opening Night: Drama prepares for first performance of Footloose

Kalpana Gopalkrishnan

March 25, 2015

After months of rehearsal, MVHS drama performed Footloose for audiences on Mar. 20. On opening night, El Estoque counted down the two hours before the production's opening night Drama will be performing Footloose in the auditorium on March 27 and 28 at 7 PM...

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

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

Brandon Chin

March 9, 2015

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...

Drama department hosts successful haunted house based on asylum

Drama department hosts successful haunted house based on asylum

Rhonda Mak

November 5, 2014

crowd of students waits outside the Blackbox, chatting excitedly amongst themselves. A piercing scream sounds from inside the building, and they exchange nervous glances. After a while, the garage-like door on the side lifts and pours out a stream of other students who blink at the bright sunlight. The...

Year in Review: Reflection on MV Saturday Night Live

Catherine

May 24, 2014

Drama students look back on their changes since their first performance this year in MVSNL. Read More »...

The unsung experts of ‘Almost, Maine’

The unsung experts of ‘Almost, Maine’

Sophia Tao

November 16, 2013

This story was reported on by Harini Shyamsundar and Sophia Tao.   Singing a different tune Juniors Corena Lentz and Nayanika Raj and sophomores Osher Fein, Emaan Khan and Fatima Mejia stood huddled in a semi-circle around their vocal coach, Sheila Townsend, after having just rehearsed ...

Review: ‘Almost, Maine’ a heartwarming show

Review: ‘Almost, Maine’ a heartwarming show

Anjali Bhat

November 10, 2013

With powdery snowflakes, a minor fumble and sentimental kisses, this rendition of the modern play is as endearing as the innocent romances it portrays. Read More »...