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Hairspray Auditions – Jan 5,6,7

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Hairspray The Broadway Musical – Auditions

Welcome to the sixties everyone! BOD Drama has announced the dates for Hairspray auditions. They’re happening the first week back from Winter Break, January 5, 6 & 7 in the theater. Auditions begin at 3:30 PM, except for Tuesday at 2:00 PM. If you sing, or dance or act, there are many fun parts available so come on out and share you talent for what promises to be a spectacular event. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Oliver, Mr. McNeil or Mr. Kohles.

Actor Profile-Henry Loran

Shows at BOD

-Little Shop of Horrors

What is your favorite memory of BOD drama?

“You may remember that ginormous puppet plant musical last fall. I struggled with memorizing my lines. In fact, I didn’t know them until a week before the show. I was sweatin’ bullets, for sure. But when I got in front of our first audience, everything clicked. The scene ran so smoothly. There was a lot of excitement and hugging backstage after that. My prayers were answered.”

Describe your role in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

“Randall. P. McMurphy is an awesome character. He’s hilarious and a rebel. He’s charismatic. He’s part conman, part comedian, with a little sly dog added to the mix. For my first lead, I couldn’t be happier playing this role.”

How does the play coincide with the BOD charism?

“The play takes place in a mental institution. The inmates and staff form a unique community of diversity. McMurphy tries very hard to bring social justice to that community.”

Why should students take drama at BOD?

“Without drama classes, I wouldn’t have a place for my outgoing personality. It’s the perfect place to clown around, create characters, play games, and still learn valuable skills for the future. Our drama department takes theater very seriously.”

Actor Profile for Emma Braden

Shows at BOD-Sugar, Little Shop of Horrors, The Laramie Project.

What is your favorite memory of BOD drama?
“I enjoyed dressing in 1920′s fashion in Sugar. The movement of the dresses made them a lot of fun to dance in. Marcelling my hair was laborious but it was fun.”

Describe your role in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
“Nurse Ratched is the cold-hearted, autocratic head nurse with a warm facade that enables her to control the entire ward with an iron hand.”

How does this play fit in with BOD’s charism?
“The play portrays despicable behavior that results from not recognizing and respecting human dignity, thereby violating joy and suppressing social justice with characters that lack strength of character.”

Why should student take drama at BOD?
“The drama department creates a tight-knit family where expressing passion and individuality is not merely acceptable but encouraged. Being a member of the department gives me a sense of belonging to something greater, bringing me fulfillment from an openness of expression.”

Actor Profile-Christian Jorgensen

Shows at BOD-Sugar, Almost Maine, How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Little Shop of Horrors, The Laramie Project.

What is your favorite memory of BOD drama?

“When I came into auditions the older actors embraced me because I was a freshman boy and there hadn’t been one who auditioned for the past two shows. One of the seniors, Matt Tiemstra, was so thrilled he literally picked me up and carried me on his back all over the theater in front of the all the other students, announcing my arrival into the department. I was terrified by his enthusiasm but soon came to understand and love that kind of excitement expressed so easily in drama. ”

Describe your role in Cuckoo’s Nest

“I play Dale Harding, the intellectual. Harding is snarky, sarcastic and, at times, effete. He’s a fun character to play. I identify with him at every rehearsal. I’m practically playing myself in the show!”

How does Cuckoo’s Nest fit with the BOD charism?

“The charism says Finding God in All Things calls us to Strength of Character. This is especially true for this play. Many of the characters, mine included, are pushed aside by society. Throughout the story, the characters learn to find their own specific strengths.”

Why should students take drama?

“I think drama gives you valuable skills. Not just on stage and in the classroom, but skills applicable in the work place. Friends you meet in drama are some of the most creative and outgoing people you will ever meet at this school.”

Actor Profile-Maddie Parsnick

Shows at BOD-Almost Maine, Little Shop of Horrors, The Laramie Project

What is your favorite memory of BOD drama?

“In The Laramie Project, there was one night when my acting partner, Alice Beittel, and I did our scene, the one which we play two 70 year old women. I felt like I truly had become my character 100%. When we came off stage, she told me the same feeling happened to her. We were so happy and proud of our work.”

Describe your role in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

“I play Candy, one of Randall McMurphy’s close friends. She’s a real party girl, always out for a good time. She’s a fun person, very comfortable in her own skin and very different from the other characters. So far I’m enjoying playing her.”

How Does Cuckoo’s Nest’s theme fit with the BOD charism?

“Bishop O’Dowd believes in finding God in community in diversity. The play is inhabited by many diverse personalities in a unique community of their own. Throughout the play the people come to acknowledge their strength of character and the strength of others.”

Why should students take drama at BOD?

“Drama and Performing Arts teaches you life skills, for instance, public speaking, self confidence, perseverance, and positive teamwork. Taking class is a great way to meet friends who become a family because you share so many memorable experiences together.”

BOD Drama Announces Spring Musical!

The drama department has announced that Hairspray will be the 2015 spring musical. This will be a BOD premiere.

Hairspray is a musical based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same title. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful array of characters. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.

The popular musical written in 2003 won eight Tony Awards out of thirteen nominations and ran for over 2,500 performances. A successful film version starred John Travolta, Zac Efron and Queen Latifah.

Performance dates will be April 24, 25, May 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 8:00 PM, and May 3 and 10 at 2:00 PM in the theater.

At Last a Cuckoo Cast

After three competitive days of auditions, the cast of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest can now be announced. Taking on leading roles will be Henry Loran ’17 as Randall P. McMurphy, Emma Braden ’15 as Nurse Ratched, and Carl Ballantine ’17 as Billy Bibbitt.

Based on the celebrated novel by Ken Kesey, the play, set inside the walls of an Oregon state mental hospital in the early sixties was written by Dale Wasserman. A popular film version starring Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito won the Best Picture Oscar in 1975.

Performance dates for the BOD production are scheduled for November 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8:00 PM, with two matinees on November 16, and 23 at 2:00 PM. Ticket order forms are available on the BOD drama page.

The Complete Cast
Seth Moure, Drew Downs, Troy Coaston, Guiliano Sanchez, Alexander Hutton, Carl Ballantine, Michael Jayasuriya, Christian Jorgensen, Henry Loran, Emma Braden, Maddie Parsnick, Nathalie Rivera, Sean Hennigan, Hunter Johnson, and Ruby Perez.

2014 BOD Fall Play Announced

The BOD Drama Department has announced the 2014 Fall play; One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman, based on the acclaimed novel by Ken Kesey. Performance dates are scheduled for November 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8:00 PM, November 16 and 23 at 2:00 PM.

With an insane asylum standing in for everyday society, the play is a comically sharp indictment of the Establishment’s urge to conform. Playing crazy to avoid prison work detail, manic free spirit Randle P. McMurphy is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation. There he encounters a motley crew of mostly voluntary inmates, including a cowed mama’s boy Billy and silent Native American Chief Bromden, presided over by the icy Nurse Ratched. She and McMurphy recognize that each is the other’s worst enemy: an authority figure who equates sanity with correct behavior, and a misfit who is charismatic enough to dismantle the system simply by living as he pleases.

Auditions for the play will be held August 25 at 2-5, August 26 and 27 at 3:30-6:30 with callbacks scheduled for Friday, August 29 at 3:30. All auditions will take place in the theater. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kohles.

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert is yet another look at society, in this case big business of the 1960's. A satirical musical comedy with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, this popular, often revived show follows the comic pursuits of one eager man's unconventional rise to the top of the business world. The show made stars out of Robert Morse in the original, Matthew Broderick in 1994, and currently stars Daniel Radcliffe in the latest Broadway revival.

Performances begin April 27 and conclude May 13.

 

 

Adam Gildea

Shows performed at BOD

Sweeney Todd, Working, Fiddler On The Roof

What are your favorite roles?

"Some of my best experiences in drama came during the spring semester of my junior year. I was cast in two large roles; Motel the Tailor in Fiddler on the Roof, and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet for The Ohlone Competition. I was thrilled but nervous performing a monologue from the famous balcony scene. Both of these roles forced me to step outside my comfort zone. They were challenging but the experiences were very rewarding.”

What elements of the BOD charism do you find in Six Degrees of Separation?

"One of our charisms is social justice. This issue is prevalent throughout the play. For instance, I play a Mormon who, with his wife, come to New York City to pursue acting careers. We meet the character of Paul, a supposedly homeless man. In an attempt to help him, we offer him friendship as well as money and a place to stay.”

How would you describe life as a Bishop O’Dowd Drama kid?

"The drama department is a very tight-knit group. Doing shows and taking classes allowed me to connect with many different people from all grade levels. These are students I might not have met otherwise. Looking back at the past three years, I would have to say a lot of my closest friends I met in our drama department.”

Hayley Jackson

Productions at BOD

Godspell, Once Upon a Mattress, Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

What are some of your favorite roles?

“Annie Sullivan is the most significant and challenging role I’ve dealt with. It’s demanding a lot from inside me. I’m finding the deeper we get into rehearsals, the more I’m beginning to feel like Annie. Being in the chorus of Sweeney Todd was also a highlight of my Bishop O’Dowd theater career. I’ve always been comfortable playing exaggerated and physical characters in the classroom, so it was a dream come true to twist and contort my body and face as a menacing ensemble member of 19th century London.”

How does the BOD charism relate to The Miracle Worker?

“The Miracle Worker displays a tremendous reflection of inner-strength: the strength to overcome seemingly unbeatable handicaps, the strength to love someone regardless of those handicaps, the strength to work to change the life of another. The play also embodies social justice because in order for the miracle of teaching a difficult student can happen, there has to be a give and take that occurs between the teacher and that student. My character cannot simply just do her job and teach Helen Keller words. She must first truly understand Helen. It’s the concept of working with rather than working for.”

Describe life as a BOD Drama Kid.

“Spending fourteen hour weekends rehearsing The Ohlone Competition or the daily three hour period of rehearsals in the theater does something unique to a drama kid. It unites us all in a way other activities may not. It’s a very emotional experience making yourself vulnerable to criticism. We all go through the experience together. I feel the work we put in is often underestimated and misunderstood by other students. I will always have a common connection with the theater students, several of whom are my best friends and I’m sure will remain lifelong friends.”

Unity Act - Night Rally - Cinderella - A 2 Part Playlist

This was a phenomenal finale to Night Rally festivities. It's a fractured fairytale about a modern day Cinderella, and really reflects the talent of the O'Dowd drama department.

Ticket Order Form

   

Order your tickets for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Download and fill out the order form.

Drama Teacher Profile

   

Profile of Drama Teacher Dennis Kolhes


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