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    Drama is typically portrayed in the media as an extracurricular that is “boring,” “for ‘nerds,’” and “unoriginal.” Every type of movie I have watched has had some type of conflict between characters in a drama department making it appear as if the cast and backstage members don’t get along; however, that isn’t anywhere near the case with the people who make up the Lewis Cass Drama Department. 

    We owe a lot to this year’s seniors. They have put a lot of time, energy, and work into making every play that they’ve acted in, trying to make sure that the play is presented at its best. They don’t receive nearly enough recognition for all they do, and they go unnoticed by a large majority of people. With that in mind, I’d like you to meet the Lewis Cass Drama Department’s 2020 seniors.

    First up is Suzy Adkins. This year’s fall play, A Lighter Shade of Noir, was her fourth school play.

“Drama is an escape for me. I don’t have to be Suzy, but I can be someone who doesn’t deal with what I do in day to day life. Plus, it’s a family. Drama is a community where we learn from each other and make each other better. It’s an amazing thing to be apart of. I really don’t have any complaints about it.”

Her favorite play that she’s acted in has been Silver Sun. Suzy played the role of Kate, a pirate princess. When attending college for forensic pathology in the upcoming years, she plans on joining a drama group to continue acting. 

Contrastingly, senior Alexis

Knight doesn’t have any plans for continuing drama in college.

“I personally do not plan to pursue it. I would like to be able to buckle down and hopefully get my nursing degree in under 4 years, and that is very hard while also committed to a show.”

Alexis has participated in drama all throughout her high school career. She’s worked ticket booth, passed out pamphlets, been on stage, and has been a student director. 

Even though Alexis doesn’t want to continue drama in college, she did mention that she’d like to improve her improvability when acting.

“I am a little slow to the punch line and often I am not able to figure out an improvisation that works well with the scene.” 

Jacob Jordan has acted in three school plays since joining drama during his junior year. His favorite play of the three was Ax of Murder, when he played his favorite role, Dylan Claypool. As opposed to this, his hardest role was Ben-Dare

Dundat.

“I had to be a villain, which is the total opposite of me, and I wasn’t supposed to laugh, but I couldn’t help it, which is totally un-villain like.” 

The fourth senior of the drama department is Conner Claypool. He’s been involved in drama since around 2013 and has acted in 10 plays. 

“I would have to say Blazin’ Horseshoes was my favorite play to act in: it was just fun to be a silly cowboy and do improv scenes with Matt.” 

Matt Droll graduated in 2018. 

In addition, Conner has been a major part in backstage and building set.

Our final senior is Nevaeh Swing. She’s acted in 13 school plays over 6 years.

“Joining drama gave me a family and a place to let go of all the stress from school. Joining drama once I moved was the best thing I could have done.” 

Concluding each interview, I asked each senior to advise anyone considering joining drama, and each gave good advice. 

Nevaeh started out saying, “Join drama! It’s so much fun and provides you with such a good family and support system. It’s people of all ages and backgrounds coming together to put on something so much bigger than themselves. You get a place to let go and forget everything bad and stressful that happened that day.”

Conner added, “If you’re going to do it, do it right. Show up and have fun with it.”

Jacob’s advice was to be loud when performing and to be proud of your characters.

“In drama, you have to project, talk slow, don’t block other people, and most importantly, have fun with your character!”

Suzy also talked about having fun with your characters. 

“Don’t go in there thinking you’re the best or you know everything. Help others, fix mistakes the first time, have fun, and know that you are on the same level as everyone else, so you are entitled to the same tasks as them.” 

Alexis was the only one of the seniors to bring up that drama isn’t for everyone.

“I would say that I very much encourage everyone to try it once. It isn’t for everyone, and that is a-okay. However, you never know, these could be the people you’ll be closest with in your high school career.”

The drama department is thankful for all of our seniors, and all are going to be sad saying goodbye to these five actors and actresses that have become a part of our family.

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