Grease production canceled, theater focuses on One-Act play

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Rene Esparza

Student actors rehearse for Grease. The production was abandoned after months of practice while waiting for permission to perform.

Citlali Viramontes, Reporter

After months of waiting for approval, the Theater club has finally ended Grease. With major delays due to publishing rights not given, Theater club performed a closed rehearsal and are moving on with their UIL One-Act Play competition.

Presenting the musical is something the cast was really looking forward to.

Grease is a classic that everyone loves, including us,” actress Destiny Ortega said.

Actors were overwhelmed with the play’s constant delay.

“I think this sucks,” actor Jerry Miranda said. “This really pushed us off.”

One play behind means less fundraising money, but the show must go on.

“Not being able to perform Grease was a fallen opportunity to raise funds, but all we can do now is move on with other plays,” Miranda said.

Performing Grease would’ve been the first time acting for some students in the cast.

“[There was] a lot of brand new actors who haven’t really been on stage before, like Anais, Rene, Michael, Derek, [and] Richy,” Ortega said.

Preparations were extreme.

“We usually rehearse every day. Friday rehearsals are from 4:30 to 6:30 or 7:30 p.m.,” Miranda said. 

The cast was ready to perform but being sued is not worth the risk.

“We have everything we need, it’s just, by law, we cannot perform until the publishing company says, ‘Here you go’,” theater director Marissa Thurman said.

Members have already started working on a new task. 

“The theater is now working on their play for the One-Act Play competition,” Miranda said. “It’s our one competition of the year and [the play is] called Rabbit Hole,” Thurman said.

Everyone in theater is scored in this UIL competition.

“We get scored on our tech’s timing, the way they cooperate with each other and the way the set looks with sound and lights,” Ortega said. “Our actors get scored on diction, volume, and their acting. [It all] is compared with the other schools competing.”

Effort and practice are a big contribution to having a good show.

“We normally rehearse about two months for a musical because it’s singing and dancing,” Thurman said. “There’s nothing easy about producing a play. I guess once they have it all memorized and everything’s ready to go, that’s the easy part because you get to watch them perform.”

Performing is the staff’s main priority.

“These are very dramatic children. They have no problem with getting up on stage and performing,” Thurman said. “They’re very brave.”

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