Drama’s Last Performance

Staff writer: Maddie Caracalas

On Monday, I saw the Spring Showcase from the Woodstock Theater. Each act was a different student performing their own act, whether it was an act or song, or something as a group. I thought the show was great, and decided to interview a few friends who were a part of it.  

 I interviewed Benja Petty, sophomore, who acted in the performance. 

Maddie: Can you tell me about your performance? 

Benja: I did two monologues, a contrasting one and a comedic one. The dramatic act was about my character, Ivan, basically talking about how he hates himself and how far he’s fallen into self-loathing over the past year. The comedic one was about a guy who was taken to court to explain what his friend did to someone at a party, but he didn’t know. 

Maddie: How did you prepare for your performance? 

Benja: This will totally sound crazy, but I put myself in a room for three hours and talked to myself to develop the characters. I did it every day for weeks leading up to the show. 

Maddie: How do you think your act went? 

Benja: So, when I perform, I don’t always remember how everything happened, but people have told me that I did great. It was great. 

Maddie: Why did you choose to do the act you did? 

Benja: I was actually going to do two different things, but they fell through, so I decided on the monologues because it’s a more intimate audience experience, like it’s just you and them and you’re talking to them. 

Maddie: Do you think the show was successful? 

Benja: Absolutely, it, as a whole, was always a success. Everyone was really talented, not many flaws. 

Maddie: Is there anything you wish was done differently? 

Benja: Not really, I don’t like thinking I could’ve done something differently. Live theater will never be perfect because it’s live, but everyone did great. 

naudia benja andrea

(From left to right) Naudia, Benja, and friend Andrea Diaz (senior) after the showcase.

 I also interviewed Naudia Baisden, senior, who performed a song. 

Maddie: Can you tell me about your performance? 

Naudia: I sang One Perfect Moment from the musical Bring It On. 

Maddie: How did you prepare for your performance? 

Naudia: I listened to the original Broadway recording a lot. 

Maddie: How do you think your act went? 

Naudia: I think I did really well. 

Maddie: Why did you choose to do the act you did? 

Naudia: I chose to do One Perfect Moment because I relate to the girl singing the song a lot. She’s about to graduate, finding her way in life, just like me. 

Maddie: Do you think the show was successful? 

Naudia: I think it had a lot of downfalls, but in the end, it turned out pretty okay. 

Maddie: Is there anything you wish was done differently? 

Naudia: I wish I had stayed in character. It was my last time performing on that stage, and I got super emotional. 

 The show was amazing. A huge congratulation to our drama program for their amazing last performance of the year, and props to Ms. Robins for the amazing job she did as a director during her last year at Woodstock. 

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