On April 12, the CCHS thespians took to the stage, this time accompanied by the Acting 1 classes of club sponsor and acting teacher, Aaron Barton. The show was initially fixated on the concept of “30 in 60 minutes.” This concept entailed a projection of 30 important historical moments projected on the screens above the stage. All attendees would then be given the chance to call out the number of any of the acts they wanted to see performed. Hosts Alex Brower, Chandler Briasted, Kaleb Beharie and Danilo Deluca carried the show by going to the audience to select a number of the skit they’d like to see.
These skits were created by Barton’s acting 1 students and varied between tales of the first olympics to the “invention” of gravity. The students also included some of today’s more comical affairs such as Fergie’s rendition of the national anthem, Kanye ruining Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, and the yodeling walmart boy.
The objective of the 30-in-60 was to present thirty significant historical or current events. Students had roughly two minutes in order to finish their skits and meet the time requirement. In between these skits the hosts would take to the stage in order to ask the audience what skit they’d like to see next. In the audience, Barton’s first and fifth hour classes seated on the right and left hand side of the auditorium and would rush onstage when their piece was called.
After the sixty minutes came to a close, there was a five minute intermission that was announced by the hosts.
The show proceeded with a number of acts that the thespians may potentially take to their district competition next year. Those who participated in this portion of the show were primarily members of the thespians club rather than Acting 1 students.
“I think it was important because we all worked on this together and we felt free to do our own work,” said sophomore Veronica Martinez. “It came out really well.”
As Martinez said the students were able to select their pieces and then audition them in order to be featured in the performance. Some of the performances included the following:
- “Show Off” sung by Victoria Torres. This piece also included an ensemble of dancers that also worked as a chorus.
- “The Negative” sung by Olivia Vera, Victoria Pera, and Alana Mattea.
- “Can’t Stop Singing” sung by Selene Serra and Veronica Martinez.
- “Waiting for Life” sung by William Barringer.
- “Never Enough” sung by Adrianna Arosemena.
“I thought the showcase went really well,” said Rylee Berger club president and stage manager of the production. “It was really important for the club because it incorporated the most kids we’ve ever had in a show – over 90 students performed! It was also something new that the club has never done before, so it was a great learning experience and is definitely something we are likely to do again!We had a great turnout and the audience was engaged and seem to love the show!”
Photo by Ryan Sullivan