Park Drama: The 2023-24 Season Voices from On and Off Stage

in Fall 2023 by

The excitement in the air is palpable as we gather the thoughts and reflections of students in Park’s drama program. With the leaves turning golden and a crisp chill in the breeze, our budding thespians are gearing up for an exhilarating season of performances this year!

As the curtain falls on the Grade 5 play Gravestone Manor, recently closed, we embark on a second fall play, The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place. Both are spooky and mysterious scripts, with fun characters, plot twists, and moments of mayhem.  

We are especially thrilled that they could be set in an ornate parlor, as the tech for both gave the Park community a chance to get to know our outstanding new Tech Theater Coordinator, TJ Liquori! With TJ’s vision at the helm, this set has been constructed, painted, and lit with the help of students and families.

A Wrinkle in Time

From the joy of self-discovery to the camaraderie forged through countless hours of practice, this collection of reflections encapsulates the heart and soul of our vibrant drama community, highlighting the incredible energy and passion that fuels their artistic pursuits.

These notes, penned by our passionate young actors, provide a glimpse into the invaluable lessons they’ve learned, the challenges they’ve conquered, and the magic they’re eager to create on the stage. As they share their anticipation for the upcoming shows, it’s clear that their dedication and enthusiasm will illuminate the stage and captivate audiences, showcasing once again the remarkable power of storytelling.

Noura B., Grade 6:

“I have experienced exciting traditions in drama so far.”

Sissy B., Grade 6:

“I’m looking forward to learning how to be a gossipy English lady who loves fudge.”

Lesleigh R., Grade 6:

“I get joy from feeling welcome, and like I am in a safe space where I can make mistakes and learn from them.”

Nicholas S., Grade 7:

“I look forward to learning how to do a proper stage fall this year!”

Lyra D., Grade 8:

“I love the community that is formed in Drama. I can genuinely connect with my fellow cast members. We can get nervous about the shows together, get excited about the performances, and cry when they are over together. I always look forward to the end of the day when I can return to the theater to join my friends. 

In addition, in Drama at Park, the shows are ensemble, community-based performances. This has been a good experience because I have practiced being in various roles onstage, from having a monologue to acting as a refrigerator.”

Margot M., Grade 8:

“Throughout my four years of doing drama and tech at Park, I have experienced so many amazing things. Firstly, each play has a special community built by the cast and the crew, unique to each play. I have made so many friends from these communities. Secondly, drama itself is a fantastic experience. Acting onstage, in front of your peers, is a very vulnerable yet exciting experience (so is tech!!!!). This year, I look forward to having fun with my friends, tech week, and experiencing drama and tech as an eighth grader.”

Ollie J., Grade 8:

“In Drama, you can be whoever you want, and no one will judge you.”