On Saturday night, the juniors performed two original plays for the student body and parents portraying how the “American dream” is often a facade, hiding deeper issues. The American Literature classes were tasked with writing, performing, and designing each production.
One of the most challenging roles was coming up with creative ideas for the script, “We thought that because the American dream is usually portrayed in such an idealistic light, we should draw more attention to the negative sides of it in our plays,” said Lily Testardi, one of the playwrights.
The audience responded well to the plays although some of the topics were serious. “The juniors' plays were quite enjoyable because to me the topics chosen were interesting and they depicted the American dream quite well,” stated Pamela Lah, an audience member.
For many of the students, it was their first experience acting on stage and they had to overcome nerves and reactions as they acted alongside their friends. “The other characters were really funny at some points, so it was difficult not to laugh during my part,” commented Jovanna Maldonado, one of the actresses.
Reagan Rast, one of the set designers, reflected, “I really liked the creative freedom and how as a class we were able to work together.”
Haley Beckermeyer Student News team
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