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.”
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.
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.
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.
1. List your background on stage and off.
BOD-How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Sugar, Almost Maine-Two Years of The Ohlone High School Theater Festival
2. What can you tell us about Matthew Shepard?
“He was a gay University of Wyoming student who got brutally killed. The play examines different attitudes of a small town and varying opinions about the homosexual lifestyle. Matthew’s tragic story definitely made a lot of people aware of the controversies surrounding homosexuality.”
3. Why do you think it’s important to do a play like The Laramie Project at this time at BOD?
“This year our school is looking at the issue of teenage bullying. Students at school are often bullied because of their sexual orientation. Seeing this play may change negative attitudes and behavior of students.”
4. Describe what it’s like to play multiple roles in this play
“It’s very challenging. In most plays, you portray one specific person. In The Laramie Project, I play four different people; all ages, with different voices, gestures, and viewpoints. It’s very interesting and fun.”
5. What is like to be a Drama Kid at BOD?
“I find the people in the drama department open minded and accepting. As an international student, I feel totally comfortable when I’m with my drama peers and teachers. All of the drama classes are a lot of fun. I really encourage other international students interested in acting to come and join us.”
BOD drama Students performed at the 20th Annual Ohlone College High School Theater Festival over the weekend. Entries from Othello, Eurydice, Short Term 12, Gypsy and Rent made it into finals. Congratulations to Polina Goncharova who won a third place trophy for her Fantasy Make-Up from Alice In Wonderland, and Meredith McCleary, who won a second place acting award for her original comedic monologue. Schools from all over the state compete with approximately 900 drama students participating in the event.
For those wanting to see an encore performance of the talented drama students, don’t miss Rent and Gypsy, and other scenes, at the annual BOD Drama Oscars presented at 7:00 PM, May 21 in the theater.
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Students who participated included:
Madeline Allison, Isabelle Bales, Alice Beittel, Gaia Bostick, Emma Braden, Rod Brown, Zyhir Brown, Axel Cabato,
Will Campbell, Evan Ceremony, Troy Coaston, Michael Shawn Cunningham, Banna Esaias, Navah Evans,
Johanna Flashman, Polina Goncharova, Parker Halaburda, Alexa Hanson, Elena Hauser, Sean Hennigan, Ana Hurley, Savannah Johnson, Christian Jorgenson, Cassidy Kepp, Amasha Lyons-Clark, Belinda Magallon, Alessandra Marcone, Britney Marshall, Britney, Tanner Massoth, Hart Matejzcyk, Annie McAneny, Meredith McCleary, Janae McFadden, William Moseley, Maria Morrish, Nate Myers, Lois Nersessian, Julian Nesbit, Charley Nordin, Madeline Parsnick, Maya Payne-Shoemaker, Grace Piette, Erin Reilly, Shavonne Rogers, Ryan Seideman,
Emma Shilliday, Wanlin Shue, Mayreni Sweis, Eliana Tallardida, Iyanna Terrell, Mariah Texeira, Aliyah Turner, Chenli Yuan.
1. List your background on stage and off.
BOD Credits-The Miracle Worker, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Almost Maine, Sugar, Little Shop of Horrors.
2. What can you tell me about Matthew Shepard?
“From what I have learned, Matthew Shepard was a great person who was full of life and also really outgoing. He was an out gay student at the University of Wyoming.”
3. Why is it important to do a play like The Laramie Project at BOD?
“Over the summer, we read a book called Dear Bully. It set the tone for the theme of anti-bullying we’re focusing on this year. The Laramie Project is about a boy beaten to death because he was gay. This play is the perfect way for us to display how terrible bullying can be. ”
4. What’s it like to play multiple roles in a play?
“It’s quite interesting and very different from anything I’ve ever done before. I play two completely different characters. Rebecca Hillaker, head of the theater department at The University of Wyoming and Rulon Stacey, CEO of the hospital where Matthew Shepherd was admitted. ”
5. What’s it like to be a Drama Kid at BOD?
“It’s one of the most wonderful places to be and probably the best decision I made when I came to Bishop O’Dowd. I’ve enjoyed every show I’ve been in as well as participating in The Ohlone Theater Festival.”
A Powerful, Award-Winning Student-Written Play, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. Cost: Free
“I hate it. My throat burns, and my eyes tear up. My hands shake. But it’s all I’ve got. But it doesn’t matter. Nothing I do matters. Because no matter what I do, the voices that started it all will never, ever go away.”
This quote from an anguished bulimic teenage girl is just one of the intense and moving moments in the award-wining “Voices,” a gut-wrenchingly honest 15-minuteone-act play that tackles cyberbullying, gay-bashing, and the intense pressures on high school students that can lead to teen suicide.
“Voices” was developed in 2011 by Bishop O’Dowd High School drama teacher Trina Oliver and her students for the prestigious Ohlone College Theater Festival, an annual competition among more than 20 Bay Area High Schools. A collaborative effort with input from all the drama students, who shared their own stories, it was written and directed by Will McAneny, a senior, and Hayley Jackson, a junior.
“Voices” won Best One Act at the festival (the only original play in the category), and the two co-writer/directors received a special Judges Award. The play scored the most points of any performance in the festival’s history, and both audience members and judges were in tears watching it. When it was later performed at O’Dowd for the student body, parents and teachers, more tears flowed openly.
Now O’Dowd is mounting a new production of “Voices.” The play will be performed for the public in the O’Dowd Theater Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., with a “talk back” discussion afterward. There will be performances at school for the student body, as well. O’Dowd also hopes to take it on the road and perform it at other schools to raise awareness about the serious consequences of cyberbullying and intolerance.
“We titled it ‘Voices’ to represent the muffled voices of teenagers everywhere who are bullied and in pain,” said Jackson, now a sophomore at UC Santa Cruz. “Portraying suicide was not for shock value. It was to show that this really happens because of the little words we say to one another.”
After three days of auditions for the spring play, the BOD drama department announces the cast for The Laramie Project.
This story about Matthew Shepherd has an unusual format. The play requires a cast of 18 actors portraying 65 different people who were all interviewed after the tragic 1998 murder of the gay college student in Laramie, Wyoming.
Performance dates are May 2-May 11. Ticket order forms are available by going to the BOD Drama Page.
Isabelle Bales, Carl Ballantine, Alice Beittel, Gia Bostick, Emma Braden, Evan Ceremony, Jo Flashman, Nate Gipson, Sean Hennigan, Chenli Huan, Fanya Imholz, Christian Jorgenson, Cormac Kelly, Cassidy Kepp, Maddie Parsnick, Emma Shilliday, Iyanna Terrell, and Shelley Valdez
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.
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.”
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.
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