Woodside’s First All-Original Play
Every year the Drama II, III, IV class chooses a play to put on as the second semester comes to a close, but this year they have decided to produce a completely original performance: You Must be New Here.
The students must take responsibility for the entire production, receiving no help from any non-drama students, or even their instructor. Barry Woodruff, the drama teacher, explained, “They have to sell tickets, they have to put out posters… They have to design the lighting; they have to design everything. That’s why we do it.” This production helps students get a taste of “what it takes to put together a show.”
What makes all of this work worthwhile for senior Elizabeth Bock, one of the play’s directors,
is entertaining the audience: “When the script is done, and we read it, and people laugh, I’m like, ‘it’s funny thank god!’”
Bock feels lucky to be a part of this production. She said, “If it goes well it will maybe set precedent for more drama classes to write their own shows because it’s a cool experience, and it really makes it your own.”
The students improvise scenes with hopes of creating a humorous take on traditional gender roles. Bock remarked, “The goal of the show is to make fun of the male and female stereotypes.” One way they mock these stereotypes is by dressing up the girls as football jocks, while the boys dress up as girls at a beauty parlor.
Despite the fun they have improvising, this production definitely comes with its fair share of tribulations. “The people I’m directing are my friends,” Bock said, “so it’s kind of hard to tell them what to do because I don’t want to sound mean, but I want it to get done. That’s a little bit of a challenge.” On another note, Woodruff mentioned, “Theater is very time-consuming.” This makes organizing rehearsals difficult with the busy schedules of high school students.
They have five weeks to prepare for the debut on May 22 at 7pm in the PAC. The drama students hope that the people of Woodside’s community come to support them after all of the effort that they put in. To witness this one-of-a-kind show, purchase tickets for five dollars at the door.
To view pictures of the drama students’ rehearsal, select “view as slideshow” and click through the pictures
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