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LHS drama awes students, audience

Jet 48 Intern -- Parents, teachers and students gathered into the Lakenheath High School Information Center on Oct. 30. They were all eager to watch "the finest 75 minutes of student acting you will ever see," said Steven Kantor, LHS drama teacher.

The 12 advanced drama students, between two and four years of drama class, performed their interpretations of monologues, duets and group scenes for the audience. The actors rehearsed for a month for the big night and were anxious to see if the practice paid off.

"I thought it was a lot of fun," said senior Melissa Bowles. "The audience really liked our scenes."

The scenes included adaptations from movies like Clerks and Thelma and Louise. Most of the skits were comedies, however, some students chose to mix it up and perform dramatic scenes. One popular scene was a solo that was modified into a firecracker duet, where both actors played off of each other.

"It was great and there was a lot of energy in the information center," said actor Zeke Douma. "Everyone had a great time."

Students used general props to prompt the audience's imagination, a bench used as a bed, a chair became a television and a backpack posed as a pillow. The actors described the situation and location in their introductions for the scenes. Though the props were general, the audience understood what was going on.

The show impressed the audience and the students hope that they will receive a similarly receptive crowd for the annual Shakespeare Festival on Nov. 30, which will also be held in the Information Center.

After the winter break, the students will audition for parts in the comedy show Nov. 15 and Nov. 16. The actors will rehearse, then perform the play in early February. Students at LHS are also getting ready to compete for positions for the Drama Fest. Mr. Kantor said he is only allowed to take five students this year to compete against the other schools instead of the usual ten, so he is anxious to see what this year will bring. Rehearsals for the Drama Fest will take place during lunch at school and only after school the week before the participants leave for the actual competition.