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Open auditions have potential to diversify theater productions

Open auditions have potential to diversify theater productions

Pranav Parthasarathy

October 5, 2013

A larger talent pool will increase the likelihood of a better show, despite hurdles related to actors’ lack of familiarity with each other. Previously reserved solely for Advanced Drama Students, the move toward open auditions for theatre production casting will enhance the quality of these sh...

Dramatic changes

Dramatic changes

Rhonda Mak

September 29, 2013

1. Less textbook, more drama Previously, the drama courses implemented textbook reading in the curriculum. Students would fill out a worksheet and be quizzed on the material later. This year, the department is experimenting with more hands-on teaching instead of using textbook methods. “We’re still teaching w...

Theatre: ‘The Would Be Gentleman’ story is ridiculous, but very real

Theatre: ‘The Would Be Gentleman’ story is ridiculous, but very real

Smitha Gundavajhala

March 9, 2013

“The Would Be Gentleman” opens on an intricate construction set, complete with ins and outs and levels. The workers seem to be ignoring the audience, who almost feel as though they are intruding on something they’re not supposed to see. Only the pithy dialogue and the charisma of the characters...

Laughter: Connecting comedy and improv

Laughter: Connecting comedy and improv

Anupama Cemballi

February 11, 2013

Improv Team Skits from El Estoque on Vimeo. Junior Maddie Klein pantomimes picking up a crossbow and takes aim at two frolicking squirrels. In a husky Southern drawl she growls: “It’s huntin’ season!” Then she fires. The figures that fumble in terror are not, however, small woodland creatures — rather, they are ...

DRAMA: ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to open Oct. 25

DRAMA: ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to open Oct. 25

Yashashree Pisolkar

October 24, 2012

William Shakespeare’s works are the second-bestselling pieces of literature in the world — the Bible being the first and the Agatha Christie mystery books being the third — according to set designer and MV drama’s fall production co-director, Kit Wilder. And just as we witness the wrath of ...

DRAMA: MVSNL starts off strong

DRAMA: MVSNL starts off strong

Alexandria Poh

August 24, 2012

  For some MVHS students, the new school year begins with a long, tiring day at Running of the Bulls. For others, it begins the moment their official schedule ends up in their hands. But for a group of particularly driven students, it begins with the start of MVHS’s Saturday Night Live pro...

PHOTO GALLERY: Beginning Drama performs on May 18

PHOTO GALLERY: Beginning Drama performs on May 18

Carissa Chan

May 19, 2012

On May 18, Beginning Drama students gathered in the Blackbox to perform scenes and monologues as part of the “Discovering Self” drama event. The performances featured one to three beginning drama students and were directed by the teaching assistants: Seniors Nicolas Arquie, Anna Shabrova, Kurtis Tautscher and Marc Wheeler and juniors Evyatar Ben-Asher and D...

DRAMA: Student-produced “Amelia Earhart” soars high

DRAMA: Student-produced “Amelia Earhart” soars high

Amrutha Dorai

May 8, 2012

Amelia Earhart was not a quitter. She battled countless failures and naysayers throughout her life. However, the pilot always stubbornly refused to give in, and this strong sense of will is the engine behind the drama department’s new student produced show “Amelia Earhart.” In the production, ...

DRAMA: Greek-inspired play impresses despite minor flaws

DRAMA: Greek-inspired play impresses despite minor flaws

El Estoque Staff

March 11, 2012

What do you do when you have no idea what to do for your school project on Ancient Greek Mythology? You create a full blown play. That’s the idea behind the drama department’s “Greek Mythology Olypmiaganza,” a school presentation for Greek Mythology that takes a turn for the hilarious. Whi...

Building sets and self-confidence

Building sets and self-confidence

Sara Yang

November 26, 2011

Senior Jordan Thompson sat at her computer, alternating between her Facebook and email accounts every five minutes. Finally, four hours after the 5 p.m. callbacks had ended, the cast list arrived in her inbox. In Drama’s fall 2011 production, “The Arabian Nights,” Thompson was cast...

Theatre: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ exceeds expectations

Theatre: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ exceeds expectations

Soumya Kurnool

November 12, 2011

This just in, MVHS: the nerd finally gets the girl. “Little Shop of Horrors” is a comedy rock musical based on the 1960 film of the same name, written by Howard Ashman and composed by Alan Menken, who is known for his Disney scores from “Aladdin” to “Beauty and the Beast” to “Tangl...