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AHS drama club presents 'Steven'

 

September 27, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

The cast of the Arlington High School drama club's production of "Steven" perform their roles as a teacher and students during their show on Sept. 22.

The Arlington High School drama club recently presented "Steven," a student-led production that the club had been working on throughout the summer.

The club performed on Sept. 22 and 23.

"The story is about a classroom full of kids who are given a musical assignment and they have to do four shows and put it all together in three weeks," said Adam Wirth, an Arlington High School senior, the writer and one of the directors of the play.

The story was a device to help deliver parts of a number of different shows and provide a medley of songs.

A medley production has been something the club has worked on the last few summers, with students from the drama department directing the production.

"It's been kind of a thing we've produced the last three summers," said director Morgan Stensland, an Arlington High School senior.

This year though the club opened up the project for a bigger production, and opened up to a general audience.

"It originally started as a fun project, but this year we've turned it into a fundraiser," said Wirth.

Students didn't know how many attendees to expect over the weekend as they tend not to do shows this early in the year.

Wirth also provided a script that helped tie the whole production together.

"This year we're tying in a little bit of everything with an original story," said Stensland.

It was a learning experience to begin with though, said Wirth.

"After I finished writing it we had a really rough rehearsal. It was bad. It was the most eye-opening experience for me as a writer to see what went wrong and what worked" he said, adding that he enjoyed the opportunity to learn how to improve his writing.

Director and Arlington High School senior Hannah Glunt said she worked on a lot of the choreography and also enjoyed learning.

"It was cool to see it go into the script and make it come alive," she said. "Just how the little things make this big difference for the stage."

Stensland also learned about managing the stage and directing.

"This was my first time stage managing and I learned that I love directing as much as I love acting and just watching the kids grow," she said.

Director Devin Kennedy, an Arlington High School senior, said that she likes being in the role of leading the club and helping get freshman into drama.

"We originally started looking up to these people that introduced drama to us and now we're able to do that for incoming freshman and people who will be joining drama," she said.

"We work so much over the summer, and we've all become a little family and I love it," she said.

Many of the directors said they liked watching students improve as time went on.

"I really like watching people come and try out, and seeing how they've developed character and confidence," said Glunt.

Christopher Andersson

photo BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON Arlington High School student Curtis Welch, center in white, leads the first song of the production "Steven" presented by the Arlington High School drama club on Sept. 22.

Students have been working on rehearsals and creating the production since June.

"I enjoyed being able to hang out with all these kids, well people our age, that share our passion and love for theater. So it's cool to see them come devote hours and hours of a summer, where it's supposed to be their break," said Kennedy.

This year's medley production raised funds to help the drama department go to New York City.

Every couple of years the department takes a trip to the city to learn from Broadway actors and see a play.

People who have gone in the past say they gained a lot out of the experience.

"For me it was really cool to become closer to kids in the drama department, but also just being able to workshop with people from different Broadway backgrounds," said Kennedy.

"It's really awesome to meet these professional actors in person and talk to them and learn from them," said Wirth.

 

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