“Death by Dessert” performance by student

Students will perform “Death by Dessert” Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Performing Arts Center.

This year’s interactive dinner theater begins at 6:00 p.m. The comedy murder-mystery will be directed by Advanced Drama seniors Miguel Lopez and John Reed.

“John and I have always wanted to direct a play, so we immediately volunteered when Mr. Migliorini asked who wanted to direct this one. It’s definitely a lot of stress working with the drama teacher and the cast, but I still enjoy it. I’m really excited for opening night and for the sense of fulfillment and success when I see the play coming into action. [Management] is not just yourself and your organizational skills, but it’s also managing everyone else. It’s very important to understand how to work with people and how to get things done on a deadline,” Lopez said.

Rehearsals began in November and run for two to three hours every week. The cast is slightly larger this year, with around 18 to 20 students acting in the play, whereas the last murder mystery dinner theater two years ago had less than around 12 to 15 students acting.

“I’m always nervous before every performance but I’m excited and confident for this one,” Advanced Drama junior Heidi Salas said. “We’ve worked really hard on it for a long time, and we have a really talented cast. I’ve never been a dinner theater before, so I’m really excited for that.”

They will be serving Italian cuisine for the dinner theater for the audience to enjoy during the play. The play is shorter than typical shows, ending at about 52 minutes as opposed to two-hour long productions.

“This year, the student directors taught me to always have faith in the people directing,” Advanced Drama sophomore Evan Torres-Soleil said. “There shouldn’t be bad thoughts or turmoil among the cast, and we all need to work together to put on the best show that we can.”

Written by Irene Zhou, Staff writer
Photo by Samuel Compolongo