News Archive

2020

  • May

    Theatre Students Stage Virtual Play (By Ivan Klousia, Director of Theatre)

    Theatre II and Varsity Theatre students invite you to join them in a virtual stage reading of an original script. As a class project, students wrote short plays with a specified number of characters. After a vote to narrow down the choices, the class selected the play "Class Reunion" by SMCA sophomore, Caverlee Dahill, as the play they wanted to present to our community.

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    Class Reunion by Caverlee Dahill
     
    A group of high school alumni join together for their 10-year class reunion, only to find their principal still has it in for them. As the alumni try to reconnect, they get sidetracked by their former teachers, principal, other classmates and the school cop who seem to want to carry out punishments for their past transgressions. The friends successfully avoid any punitive measures for most of the reunion, and in the end find help from an unexpected source.
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  • Theatre Students Pen Original Plays (By Ivan Klousia, Director of Theatre)

    Students were tasked to write a short 15-20 minute play with a set number of characters. Students could write about any topic and in any theatrical style. After the initial writing process, Theatre II and Varsity Theatre students are reading their original scripts in class. Like all the unique students in the class, the plays are varied and creative.

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  • March

    James Dziedzic Interviews Seattle Mariner Brendan McGuigan, '14

    James Dziedzic, St. Michael’s film instructor and host of the baseball radio show “Let’s Get Two,” interviewed Lifetime Crusader Brendan McGuigan '14 who signed with the Seattle Mariners last August.
     
    "It's been one heck of a journey to get to this point and I’m happy to say that the road keeps going. I’m beyond thankful to the Seattle Mariners organization for the opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream. Cheers to new beginnings," McGuigan said.
     
    On the show he discusses his career right before he reports to spring training this week.
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  • Crusaderettes Win Grand Championship in Classic Division (By Kevin Steen, Associate Athletic Director and Head Trainer)

    On Saturday, February 22, the St. Michael's Crusaderettes Dance team competed in the 'Crowd Pleasers' dance competition at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville. The team performed two solos and three different routines over the course of the day. Placing first in all three, scoring above a 90 on each set, they walked away with a clean sweep of winnings to become Crowd Pleasers 2020 Grand Champion Classic Division team for the second year in a row, with the following distinctions:
    • Best in Class for Hip Hop
    • Best in Class for Kick
    • Best in Class for Jazz
    Meredith Henson and Jennifer Fang also won medals for Superior Solos. The Crusaderettes scored the highest out of the all the teams in the Classic Division.
    Dancers are Meredith Henson '20, Isa Martinez '21, Abby Barber '22, Jennifer Fang '22, Mary Claire Fuselier '22, Gracen Gamboa '22, Becca Grace Karakourtis '23, Marisa McBurney '23, and Kiana Viniegra '23.
     
    Photo: Back row left to right: Becca Karakourtis, Gracen Gamboa, Mary Claire Fuselier, Kiana Viniegra, Marisa McBurney, Coach Lauren Parra, and Abby Barber
    Front row left to right: Jennifer Fang, Ashleigh Hernandez, Isa Martinez, and Meredith Henson
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  • Theatre 1 Puppet Show Project (By Ivan Klousia, Director of Theatre)

    Theatre I students in the construction process of their puppet show project. The assignment is to compose their own five-minute puppet play, design & construct puppets, assign and memorize parts, and then present the final product to the class.

    There are several important aspects to this assignment: First, the students create an adaptation of a familiar story. They 
    must keep the basic idea of the original story, but they have the freedom to change important aspects to make it uniquely theirs. The students then design and construct their own puppets using craft supplies. Lastly, in performance, they practice vocal technique and puppeteering skills to bring the characters to life and perform for their peers.  
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  • February

    Students Hone Presentation and Communication Skills in Theatre I Class (By Ivan Klousia, Director of Theatre)

    Theatre I, a spring semester Fine Arts course, has gotten off to a great start! Since performance has roots in the art of storytelling, students begin their Theatre I experience adapting a familiar fairy tale or folk tale and performing their work for the class. What better way to tell stories than around a campfire, even if the fire is a stage prop! Next, students will be composing, memorizing and performing monologues. While many of these students were in the fall semester Improvisation & Sketch Comedy class and are now used to getting up in front of an audience, for some of these students it will be their first time performing on stage. In either case, the communication, interpersonal and self-efficacy skills gained by theatre students are some of the most important benefits of theatre education.
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