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Grand Valley High put on a good show

Grand Valley News
Mary Moore
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Submitted photoTaylor Dillon, Kate Rayne, Alissa Germiller and Bryanna Emmons in "Fools." Kate is a vendor selling fish " although there was no catch this day, so she is selling flowers as fish. Because the village is under the dumb curse, everyone is just fine with this situation.

The Grand Valley High School TheatreCo made its performance debut last weekend at the GVHS cafetorium, performing Neil Simon’s comedy play, “Fools,” to some of the largest audiences I have ever seen attend a production at GVHS. And these audiences were not disappointed. The entire production was exceptional. The set was not only attractive and artistically done, but it enhanced the audience’s understanding of the plot and made following the action extremely easy.

The acting was excellent and the kids really got into their characters and made the presentation believable. There were many funny lines and actions that sent the entire audience into laughter. One of the major highlights of the performance was the portrayal of the “cow” by GVHS principal, Ryan Frink. All of the students as well as the parents were delighted to see the support of the administration in the new TheatreCo. The cast performed exceptionally well. I witnessed only one stumble in lines and was very impressed when a fellow actor ad-libbed and got the action back with no hesitation and no prompting. While shopping at a local store, I was excited to hear many community members talking about the play and how much they enjoyed it.

Special recognition needs to go to Mr. Mark Gregory, the director and new drama teacher at GVHS. He has infused the kids with enthusiasm and self-confidence, which was quite evident in the student’s performances and acclamations of their teacher.

The cast (in order of appearance): Cody Hill (Leon), Taylor Dillon (Snetsky), Caitlin Brady (Magistrate), Bryanna Emmons (Slovitch), Alissa Germiller (Mishkin), Kate Rayne (Venchna/assistant director), Dani Gonzales (Dr. Zubritsky), Tami Cheney (Lenya), Christina Cook (Sophia), J.C. Williford (Count Gregor), Krystal Bruner (extra/understudy), Ryan Frink (the cow), Shana Diaz (extra/assistant director/stage manager).

I was impressed with the cooperation between the high school departments and teachers in the preparations for this performance. The following is reprinted from the playbill:

“Notes on Interdisciplinary Education ” written with help from Kyra Orosco. The point of education is to prepare students for the opportunity to strive and, ultimately, succeed in the real world. In order to meet this ambitious objective, educators use a variety of tactics. One such tactic is giving students a real-world problem and having them aggressively pursue the completion of the project. This show is an example of such an idea.

“To that effect, Scott Carpenter’s general math class, Angela Brady’s general math class, and Mark Gregory’s theater class worked in an interdisciplinary manner to complete all aspects of the production in conjunction with the other regular classroom activities. While the actual direction and staging was performed in an after school fashion via audition, all elements of technical theater were completed with the normal daily school day within the aforementioned classes. The positive aspect of this approach is that more students are involved in a production in some manner, and the students are actively using the skills they are establishing/learning in their regular classrooms.

“The success of this cooperative approach has fermented this operation for future productions. In this way many students in the school are being reached through the performing arts and the culture that the arts promote.”

Wow ” isn’t that what education is all about? Adding to this, Nickie Gomez’s foods class baked the yummy intermission cookies.

One of the major discussions by students at the cast party was the spring musical performance. I am really looking forward to this.

Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, e-mail (underscore between n and 3).

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