Every year, Estancia students can't wait for the long-awaited fall production. However, here we are coming into Winter Break, and still nothing. Where has Troupe 1224 been? Our beloved drama crew has been writing an original play, To Whom It May Concern, for nearly a whole semester.
To Whom It May Concern is a play unlike any other meant to address topics that are usually overlooked and avoided by society. Concerning controversial topics such as anxiety and depression and immigration, this production speaks to these issues through the stories of students, families, peers, and citizens of Costa Mesa. While these topics can create some uncomfort, Troupe 1224 believes that they need to be addressed in order to begin change, even if only within the halls of Estancia. By bringing up thought provoking affairs, the audience is made to think about these issues - something that many try to avoid doing.
The entirety of the production has been written and produced by EHS students after they began brainstorming last school year. With help from writers John Williams and Carlo Odicino, the tales written and told are completely thought up by Troupe 1224. Pauline Maranian, Estancia's Drama Teacher, reveals that the stories will be told through a series of "Movement, music, comedy, and drama." With all this blood, sweat, and tears put into the production, it has become highly anticipated around campus.
The purpose of To Whom It May Concern, Maranian says, is to make the audience think about issues that they typically avoid or rarely question. It is also to show those who can relate that they are not alone and things will get better; it all starts with using your voice and asking for help.
To Whom It May Concern plays January 17-19 in the Barbara Van Holt Theatre. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Come out and watch a show that will make you more understanding of those around you.
Reporter: Cosette Terriquez