The Hills Are Alive
Story By: Justin Kyung and Ruby Chong Editor: Alice Lee Webdesigner: Andy Yoon and Claire Kim
“This play is furthering our drama program one step further because it is showing how sophisticated our drama program can be and hopefully this will be an opportunity for everyone else to see that.” said Gina Lee (12), a student who played “Maria Rainer,” one of the main characters of this year’s school play, Sound of Music. As she said, it is true that the quality of our school plays are getting better and better as each year passes.
This year was the first time all the tickets were sold out. On the first performance that took place on Thursday, November 11th, the seats were almost full, and the next day, the 12th of November, there were only about a couple of seats left. When the time came for the actors and actresses to perform, they were ready to show the audience what they have worked on for the past three months or so. The 90 minute-piece of excellence that was performed by the students ended in a success. The audience was amazed by the quality of a “school play”.
Sound of Music wasn’t just a normal play. It was an exceptional piece of art that was created by students of all grade levels. These students worked well and hard under the amazing drama instructor, Mr. Williams. Furthermore, this year was Mr. Williams’ last year at SIS so the members of the production tried to make the best play for him. Given this fact, everyone was determined to create a remarkable memory for the drama director and therefore tried even harder during every single rehearsal.
Additionally, the play had an impact on the students in some way. Sky Park(10) who contributed to this play stated that, “SIS is a school that is very competitive and one thing we focus in high school is this kind of upbringing of school unity focus. And a school play where there's connection between middle school and high school is an opportunity for each and every one of us to actually put aside that stressfulness of school and actually enjoy something because drama’s very interpretive. You play a character based on your own previous experiences or the way you picture a good character play or a bad character play based on your imaginations.” As he said, the school play has changed students in many positive ways.