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Dramatlsts bond together
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Basic techniques to master for the
drama students' year included
rehearsing lines, building sets,
preparing costumes and perfecting
the flavor of the productions.
Ticket sales, phonetics and reading
comprehension presented by R. L.
Cook in Drama I.
"I attempted to introduce the
various aspects of the performing arts
to the students," said Mr. Cook.
Dramatic classroom performances
gave actors and actresses the oppor-
tunity to practice and perfect their
"Drama I does a lot of classroom
plays and skits," said junior Steve
Gallaher. "I had a good time."
Drama II stressed the independent
study of the sciences. "Students know
their strong points already and can
develop them," said Mr. Cook.
Third year drama students each
produced an entire puppet produc-
tion. "The puppets were fun to make.
It was something we'd never done
before," said Senior Iana Norris.
Student participation extends
beyond the classroom. "Students
must work a 14 hour minimum on
each show, rehearse, read outside of
class and also work during class,"
stressed Mr. Cook. The first crew
call was to prepare sets for Ronald
Alexander's ironic production of
"Time Out for Ginger."
"It was a good learning experience
because we used a lot of first timers,"
"It was important to Mr. Cook
because it was his tenth anniversary
at Memorial," she added.
Senior Mike McTaggart and junior
Karin Murphy also starred in the
"Out of all the plays I've done, it
was probably the most successful,"
said Karin. "Everyone enjoyed it and
we had a good turnout," she added.
Work was interrupted in December
for the Madrigal dinner. Parents,
'Time Out for Ginger' was presented
November 21-22. Senior jana Norris played
Ginger's mother and Freshman Shannon Vin-
cent and junior Molly McBride played her
sisters. Photo by Dan Thompson.
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entertainers and guests paying a
S1250 fee enjoyed music, dancing
"The entertainment had to main-
tain the atmosphere of medieval
times," said Karin. "It was a blast,"
Auditions extended beyond
theatrical roles. Outstanding drama
students were invited to join the
drama honor club Thespians, only
Students were invited to join
because of contributions they made
to Memorial, including competitions.
Members also must have participated
in two different areas of a production
such as acting and lighting. '4We go to
theatrical productions together," said
jana. "We're trying to get letter
jackets now like band and choir," she
by Alicia Cooke
and Charlotte Whitty
Lectures are often used as a teaching tool.
Drama Instructor Mr. R. L. Cook instructs his
class on the basics of speech clarity. Photo by
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