Students of the Month – Katy L and Maria Mc!

Congratulations to Katy and Maria! Both have been critically important to the drama program and the two productions this year. I am so proud and honored that they are a part of this program.

Katy was nominated by Jessica R., who wrote:

I nominate Katy L as Drama Student of the Month. She has been in this program for four years now and has done nothing but work hard and help others. She is always there when you need her to be and always manages to cheer people up when they’re sad. Katy has amazing talent that she doesn’t always get to show. But when she does get to show her talent, she shines. Katy is truly amazing, and kind, and hard working, and knowledgeable. Katy deserves to have this award every month, but since she can’t, I believe that she deserves to start out this tradition.

Maria was nominated by Emily B, who wrote,

 She is the rock in management. She took on stage managing of Chicago, even though she knew exactly what she was getting into, and on top of that, she did a fabulous job.  She handles all issues with a determined ease. She knows, through her own self-confidence and competence, that the issue will be fixed, no tears, no stress, necessary.

She is the rock of the psychological well-being of all actors and crew. Let’s be honest. Being a teenager is hard. Your body does all sorts of wacky things with its hormones, throwing you, the poor teenager, on a never ending roller-coaster of emotions. As if this weren’t scary enough, it gets worse. Theater kids often feel deeper, feel more, than the average Joe. The theater-kid-roller-coaster has no seat belts. Yet, Maria, brave as she is, dives into these emotions to save her drowning peers. Again, and again, and again, Maria dives in, fully clothed, fully blinded, fully willing to save. A rider of the roller-coaster herself, Maria offers her experience and advice to all. She can always tell when something is wrong. No matter what the issue, Maria is willing to drop everything to help that one individual.

She is the rock on stage. Maria’s talent does not end behind stage. On-stage, in the spot light, Maria shines brilliantly. She leads the audience to love, over and over. Her performance as E.M. in Wit brings goose bumps, if not tears, to every member of the audience.

Perhaps the greatest thing of our rock, is her humbleness. She never expects anything in return. Not even a thank you.

In case my motives are not clear, I shall speak plainly. Maria, our rock, deserves the drama student of the month award. She has touched many lives through her small actions. She has saved many children from drowning. (The irony here, is that rocks sink. As the author, I should pick better metaphors.)

Thank you Jessica and Emily for your kind words.

Also nominated anonymously, Con Law, who was described as a Swagbot. I’m not certain if this is good or bad, or how it relates to drama. Maybe next time, Connor!


Drama Student of the Month

I am now accepting nominations for the first Drama Student of the Month. This award is open to any student in a drama class (including tech theater) or involved in any production (cast or crew). If you would like to nominate someone, please send me an email or give me a note explaining why your nominee should be named Drama Student of the Month. The first award will be announced February 1st.

Thank you!

A huge thank you to all of the students, parents and staff who helped make Chicago such a successful show and such a great experience. It was an honor working with all of you and I could not be prouder of what you have accomplished.