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Theater department stages ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

85 students performed in the cast Nov. 8-9, 10-11
MVTV reporter Shawn Njoroge takes viewers behind the scenes of this year’s fall musical.

The theater department performed their annual fall musical “Bye Bye Birdie”. The show took many hours of hard work to create.

In order to prepare for the show the cast used their own unique techniques to get everything ready. One popular way to prepare among the cast was to make a quizlet for all of the lines that needed to be memorized. Other ways included repetitively going over everything that was in need to be memorized. 

For senior Grace Cormany, using a quizlet is the best way to memorize her lines.

“I make a quizlet for all my lines and get those down first,” Cormany said. “Then I go over my dances in seminar, after school and at home.” 

Playing a character isn’t just memorizing lines, getting into and understanding the character is also a big part of it. 

Getting into the mindset for junior Ayden Brown helps his overall performance. 

“Getting into a mindset really helps me get into character and even prepares me for the chance that something could go wrong,” Brown said.

Memorizing lines for one character comes with challenges, but many students had to double up and memorize lines for two roles.

“I was Rose Alvarez in Bye Bye Birdie as well as part of the NYC quartet. Rose was a complex character and required more  memorization, dancing, and singing,” Cormany said. Being in a quartet was fun though.” 

Between getting everything memorized for the show, the student’s still had school work to complete.d. Dividing time for both can be draining for these young actors, but the result is worth it. 

Despite finding it difficult, Cormany learns to balance the work for the play as well as school. 

“It was very difficult balancing schoolwork, AP classes, rep theater and choir with the show. As we got closer to the show, rehearsals got longer, so I wouldn’t be able to get home until around nine most nights,” Cormany said. “It’s worth it though because theater makes me so happy.”

The students in the musical didn’t only have a great show, but also created a great environment within their cast. The cast was able to create lifetime bonds through their shared love of performance. 

“Everyone is so kind and welcoming,” Cormany said. “It’s hard not to love every minute you spend on stage with them.”

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Alonnah Gage
Alonnah Gage, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief
This is junior Alonnah Gage’s second year on the JAG yearbook staff and she will be taking on the positions of Mill Valley News Editor-in-Chief, as well as writer and photographer for the JAG yearbook. When not in C-101, you can probably find her running track, or participating in NHS, NEHS, FCA, HOSA, Art Club, or on the Relay for Life Committee. Outside of school, she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, watching netflix, eating ice cream and reading romance novels.
Audri Brizendine
Audri Brizendine, JAG photo editor
This is junior Audri Brizendine’s second year on the JAG yearbook staff and she will be taking on the position of co-photo editor. When not in C-101,  you can probably find her playing tennis, participating in Relay for Life as an ELT, HOSA, book club, movie club, NHS, and Spanish NHS. Outside of school, you can find her spending time with her friends, listening to music, or rewatching New Girl.
Emma Ronning
Emma Ronning, JAG photo editor
This is junior Emma Ronning’s second year on the JAG yearbook staff. This year, she will be taking on the position of co-photo editor. When not in room C-101, you can find her participating in NHS, Relay for Life, Book Club, Movie Club, and Women’s empowerment club. Outside of school, she likes to spend time with her friends and family, volunteer, read and listen to music. 
Shawn Njoroge
Shawn Njoroge, MVTV reporter
Shawn is a junior and new to the MVTV Crew this is his first year as a reporter. Shawn has a history in film and production as he was in Video Productions last year and is also taking Video Productions simultaneously with Broadcast. Shawn plans to continue in Film and Video Production after High School.

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