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Drama competes in Shakespeare festival

The Drama department was represented by 12 students in the John A. Lesser Invitational High School Shakespeare Festival on Sat. April 25 at Cal Poly Pomona. Their task was to reenact a variety of Shakespearean plays and dramas.

Junior Cameron Craig received an honorable mention for his reenactment of Corialanus. Also receiving the same title for Straight Scenes and Group Single Experts category are seniors Zoe Gavina and Kensy Hernandez and junior Riley Herms for their performance of All’s Well That Ends Well. For their first times competing in the festival, freshman Janelle Pham and sophomores Juliette Millard and Vanessa Langarica won honorable mentions in similar categories in acting Comedy of Errors.

“I was really nervous about this competition because it was my first time [competing]. Since I didn’t realize how diverse it was going to be, it was imitating. A lot of the other schools were really good, especially the performing art schools,” Pham said. “[But] the people were really friendly. It was really fun because, everybody was really nice and because we’re all in drama it was really supporting.”

Separated into four categories: Male Monologues, Female Monologues, Group Composites, and Group Single Expert, competitors were judged by English teachers on their language and diction.

“[Getting an honorable mention] felt really cool, because it was our group’s very first time going and receiving an award. I didn’t think we were going to win anything. When we were called up, we were like ‘oh my gosh,’” sophomore Millard said.

Earlier in the year, selected students were able to chose scenes to her interests. And form then, three through five hours spent time every week for preparation.

“I think our practice really showed on stage. In a good way and a bad way. It’s good because you’re prepared and you know what you’re going to do, but you have to also scale it up to a larger stage than a cramped hallway,” junior Ali Hoghoughi said.

By Jeffrey Tran, Staff writer

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