The Estancia Drama students will be presenting a show called “It’s A Wonderful Life” from December 5th through December 7th. The students are working very hard, despite the challenges they face while not having their drama teacher present.
Due to their teacher being gone for health reasons, the drama students were left to step up for their upcoming performance. Senior, Leah Thunstrom said, “Trying to figure out how to build a show from the ground up was extremely hard. I never realized how much work was done by Ms. M until she wasn’t here. Although it's super difficult, every person in the troupe has carried some extra weight and has been patient as we try to figure out how to create a show. I definitely learned a lot about Ms. Maranian through this and I’m honored to be doing this for her so she can get better.”
Throughout the process, many of the students gained a further respect for Ms. M and all the work she does. “Without Ms.M there to direct us, it gave me a deeper understanding of what she does and how difficult it can be,” said Megan James. They are also working together no matter their experience. “The heart of this show is really within the troupe, everyone has stepped up to put it together whether it’s their first show or their fifth,” said Senior, Sarah Reich, president of drama.
The students aren’t completely alone. They have the help of Mr. Williams, a social science teacher at Estancia. He helps the students’ guest director. The guest director is Tony Palermo, who adapted “It’s a Wonderful Life” into the radio-on-stage show the students are performing.
The show will open at the Barbara Van Holt Theater at 7 pm on December 5th, 6th, and 7th. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.
Reporter: Viviana Arroyo