Memorial High School - Reata Yearbook (Houston, TX)

 - Class of 1981

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Memorial High School - Reata Yearbook (Houston, TX) online yearbook collection, 1981 Edition, Page 241 of 296
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I . prevailed on the choir scene as Gretchen Cant and Scott Holliman at the annual Madrigal Dinner at Photo by lim Tomforde. ny hours of work were involved in building set for "Time Out for Ginger.' Senior Missy pman and Iunior Shawn Hampton carry t of the scenery. Photo by Dan Thompson. is C l A ff T iiie 'Time Out for Ginger' saw Seniors Mike McTaggert and Iana Norris as parents to their football queen, Ginger. The play was very suc- cessful. Photo by Dan Thompson. J A Drama O 239

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Dramatlsts bond together Pa, I I Iagcompletetheatrlcalseason -1--..1-..r..1---11.--....1..1 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 skills. "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," said jana. "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 play. "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. 238 O Drama entertainers and guests paying a S1250 fee enjoyed music, dancing andjesters. "The entertainment had to main- tain the atmosphere of medieval times," said Karin. "It was a blast," she added. Auditions extended beyond theatrical roles. Outstanding drama students were invited to join the drama honor club Thespians, only after auditions. 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 added. bU 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 jim Tomforde. .. li s ll l



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J IAmateurs undertake functions of upholding I . I ournalism superiority, talent, creativeness 11111-1-ug.. 1..111..11.--11.--.111-N., UN W iz, ' . W-V p . rl 'V i 240 I Iournalism I "Woman in Suspension" exhibits Mrs. Pat Green's interpretation of women in society to- day. Her commercial art experience qualified Mrs. Green as a I-1 speaker. Photo by Ken Tekell. Perusal of a graphics notebook containing mosaic layouts helps Sophomores Kathy Strech, lohn Morrison, Ken Tekell and Iessica Hart create ideas. Photo by lim. Iournalism I students filed into R-7 the first day, with their writing con- cepts scattered like puzzle pieces. Iournalism Adviser Lee Green at- tempted to organize these varied ideas into a complete pictureg a staff with the talent and ability to maintain the department's reputation. "I had basic ideas of how to write, but not in the Anvil style," said Iunior Iessica Hart. The course is directed toward im- proving the students' writing skills and teaching proper Anvil and Reata styles. These skills are developed to build a competent staff the next year. Beginning with the history of straight news stories, students were introduced to basic writing techniques. Much time was spent on perfecting the "colorful" lead. From leads, students moved on to news and feature stories. "I like features better than straight news stories. They're more interesting and you don't have to use the inverted pyramid form," contributed Iunior Charlotte Whitty. Actual class time was spent either taking notes or writing various assignments. Photographers were re- quired to write, in addition to com- pleting various photo essays. Stories and worksheets were usually assign- ed for homework. i . aff :si r ra-iii .4 ' f . .,,., ,..,,,,,. ,, W. ly ,-ar "Iournalism's a lot of work ai frustration very time-consumir But all the joking around and wa ching Miss Green eat Egg McMuffi in the morning made it bearable said Iunior Alicia Cooke. Reporting and interviewing i volve carefully chosen questions ai the proper attitude. Anvil Edit Senior Susan Feigin was the victim I-I's first interview. "It was differs being the interviewee instead of ti interviewer," said Susan. After writing various cla assignments, I-I'ers were jolted ir their first major responsibility Reata copy. "When your name is printed l everyone to see in the Reata or Any you want to make it good so you cl be proud of it," added Iunior Ke Nickle. I-I'ers gained a chance to pro their abilities when they produc their own issue of the Anvil in April. Through experience, learning H1 effort, the puzzle pieces eventually together, except for the one missi partg the experience of working on II staff. NJU by Karin Snelst Iournalism I students learn all aspects of ducing a paper and yearbook. Iunior Held demonstrates counting headline for the class. Photo by lim Tomforde.

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