By Rex Garcia
On March 22 and 23, the high school advanced drama team, along with Drama Teacher Mr. Chris Irvin, went to Fullerton College. The group came to the event day one by bus and day two via cars to participate and compete at the Fullerton Theater Festival with and against other high school drama groups. They also had the chance of spending educational and social time with Fullerton College Theater Art Department’s faculty and students through their competitions, workshops and college programs. The activities the students partook in included musical, improv, dramatic, comedic, monologues and scenes, where Advanced Drama got to finals for improv in day two, though did not place for any awards. Together, the team enjoyed this yearly opportunity to join, connect and learn with other drama students and professionals who love drama just as much as they do.
At Fullerton, Advanced Drama could explore and interact at the festival which had a more passionate and family friendly setting than any usual competition. “There were people who were literally walking around with signs that said free compliments. People just walking around being friendly to everyone and you don’t even [have to] know someone,” said Junior Hayden Spangler. “You can just walk up to someone, start singing a song from a show that they were dressed to do and they’ll just immediately join in on it with you. The rules are like different.” Even though the group was there to compete against the other schools, the mood of the event remained friendly, encouraging and supportive of each and every individual. “Everyone is super kind and wants to get to know you,” mentioned Senior Gavin Powell. “It’s not really about winning, it’s more just about the experience and getting to perform in front of people that you potentially might be working with in the future.” Even in a competition, all competitors are there to encourage the best for each other, as all who come to the event love performing, no matter who places higher than the other. Mainly, the Advanced Drama who went to Fullerton as well as the others have a passion for drama that goes beyond winning recognition for skills, which represents the true worth, devotion and delightful hard work each individual puts into the drama department.
When not exploring Fullerton, the Advanced Drama sectioned into separate groups where they all did their own thing in the different categories they were assigned to, where the experiences among each other was diverse from what they did to what they got to witness from other groups and professionals. One of the notable groups was the musical group, where every high school could only pick musical to compete with through the whole competition. “We chose Magic To Do from Pippin and we had to prepare it a month and a half before. We had to get the choreography, and the choreography was done by [Senior] Sam Selaya and [Senior] Isabelle Medina,” Spangler recalled. “We all entered a room and they have certain rounds in the morning [and] in the rounds there’s other groups that come in with you and you guys just all perform in front of the judges and each other, and then you walk out and that’s it.” Even with that, the other categories for other groups encouraged different preparation, such as how the improv team arranged for Fullerton. “We got a list of the improv games and just kept running through them even through normal rehearsals. We’d take the notes that were not only given to us but also to the improv team and we would take those and help [each other] out with it.,” said Senior Diego Cruz. “When we got [to Fullerton] what we ended up doing our own little thing to get our energy boosted up to make sure everybody has their mindset correctly so we can put up the best show we can.” During these competitions the team did not win anything physical, but were instead given the reward of new friends, new drama lessons and an unforgettable battle among fellow drama students.
For the future, the Advanced Drama team looks forward to reexperiencing Fullerton as well as picking categories different to the ones they chose this year. In the meantime, Advanced Drama will continue to show booming signs of life in an art form that is somewhat underrated as well as well as being exceptionally more close and personal than that of fixed art forms. As the times encourage recreations of every movie and genre in the entertainment world, the potential for Advanced Drama and those at Fullerton to showcase their passion for drama beyond school and high school competitions may be greater and sooner than anticipated.
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