The Drama Club Chooses a Play
The drama club had its first meeting on Monday, August 23 in Mrs. Stalk-Vargo’s room. Emily Wright, the director, led the meeting. They talked about which officer positions are open: assistant director, secretary/publisher, and historian. They also voted on which play to do for their fall play: Juvie or Little Women. After discussion, the group decided to perform Little Women.
For those of you who have never heard of the drama club or better known as The Last Act Drama Society, it is a student-run group that, along with the choir and band, is a huge part of the North Augusta High School Fine Arts Program.
The drama club is about acting, but if you’re not the world’s best actor or have a huge fear about getting up in front of people, then don’t worry, there are plenty of positions that need to be taken care of. They need people to handle the props, as well as people to handle the sounds and lights, yes they do have lights going on throughout the play, and no, they do not have someone behind stage making the sound effects.
The drama club always does three plays, a fall play, a spring play, and the Garcia Project. The fall play is fun, but the cast members are just starting to get to know each other, so there is some awkwardness at first, but it goes away. But then you have the spring play, and BAM! People are back to have fun and catch up with their friends from the last play. Then the Garcia Project comes around, and the cast is back to represent North Augusta.
For all of you who don’t know the different officer positions: the assistant director’s duties are to help block plays, to be at all drama club meetings and practices, to run the practices and meetings when the director is absent, and to keep the cast quiet and on task during rehearsals. The secretary/publisher’s jobs are to contact newspapers/literary magazines to promote performances, keep records of meetings and practices and how long they take, to handle the t-shirt and program designs, and to keep a list of contact information for all of the thespians. The historian’s tasks are to take pictures during practices and meetings and make scrapbooks.
Emily has huge goals and plans for the drama club. She says, “We will be doing a collaborative musical with the choir program for our spring play, and also the Garcia Project as well.” The Garcia Project is basically a contest between different acting groups. Each group prepares a one-act performance, and acts their butts off. Groups win awards based on their performances. She also plans on her club, “becoming a club that works together.” She also hopes “that our skills as stage performers to increase and our efforts as a club become more efficient, productive, and more theatrically noticed by the students, faculty, and community.” Mrs. Default, one of the sponsors, plans to, “encourage my drama and english classes by either attending the plays of joining the club, and of course my fellow teachers as well.” For anyone who’s interested in the club, come check out a practice or meeting. What’s the worst that can happen; you lose an hour or two of your life? Mrs. Default says to anyone and everyone, “Please join us! We are open to everyone we exist for the students. There’s so many ways you can join the drama club, and there’s so much more than just getting up in front of people. We would love to have everyone join, these people become a family, and they help each other in real life.” Senior, Baylor Shull says, “It’s an AMAZING experience and I have met so many people that I would not have known before.” Freshman Ally Jacobs adds, “I like the club. I like the people in it.” This club is good for anyone looking to make friendships, or for anyone that just wants to have a good time. So go check it out!