By William Chen and Jennie Tran
The Advanced Drama class and Insane Ink collaborate together to warm up this month with the annual Holiday Showcase. This holiday-themed event was held on Dec. 6 in the L-Building, and was performed throughout the school day with an additional night show at 8 p.m., called Winterfest.
The showcase this year was “A Christmas Scarol” by Don Zolidis. The play was directed by seniors Amanda Gill, Karen He and Oziris Valverde. Tickets were sold for $5 at the G-Building the week during lunch leading up to the day of this event. They were limited to selling only 200 tickets.
“A Christmas Scarol” is about when a boy named Tim can’t think of a Christmas gift to give his high-maintenance girlfriend,” claims Oziris.
The show’s main protagonist, Tim, was then visited by four terrifying spirits (actually five—they’ve been hiring) who whisk him away on a harrowing and hilarious journey into the past, present, future and an alternate timeline. This wild and free-spirited adaptation of the holiday classic is a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas (which is getting awesome presents).
“The holiday showcase is one of my favorite shows to put on because it is student produced and we all worked hard to put on the show. The process was tough, but performing and spreading the Christmas spirit was the best part in the end,” says Advanced Drama student Alyssa Casimiro.
Not only did the Drama Dept. show their holiday spirit, but Winterfest overall was filled with many other fun activities.
“Expect to have nothing but fun and holiday cheer! Winterfest will feature games, face painting, a photo booth, free hot chocolate and an evening performance!” exclaims Karen.
The games, food and drinks are provided by Insane Ink, warming up the holiday season just right.
In addition, Winterfest had only started in 2017 and is now an annual tradition.
“The purpose of our annual Winterfest started for the parents. In previous years, we’ve only had the school-wide performances, which didn’t give our families a chance to see what their child was working on and the hard work they’ve dedicated in class,” adds Oziris.
During the process of the showcase, the students poured a lot of effort and work into the production to make the show a great success.
“Directing the show was a lot more stressful than I thought. I actually had a nightmare about forgetting light cues! Overall, I really enjoyed sharing my ideas with my co-directors, Karen and Amanda. We’re all super creative in different ways and it was interesting seeing all of our visions come together,” states Oziris. “We have the cast, booth team, props team, stage managers, costume crew and deck leaders. No part is a small part.”