Drama tries out innovative approach to fall play

Audience votes on ending they want to see actors perform


This year’s fall play has the most participants drama has seen in a while Photo by Anastassia Dardenne

In the mysterious drama room, unentered by most students, a group of actors chat animatedly. They conversate passionately about the fall play. More specifically, they discuss the innovative twist that drama has decided to try out this year: having the audience choose the ending they wish to see.

Senior Valerie Hu has been performing since she was seven and has been an active part of the drama community at Homestead since she joined her sophomore year.

“I’ve never been in a show where they changed endings and have the actors memorize multiple different endings to a show,” Hu said.

While she is not participating in the show itself, Hu has volunteered to help out with hair and makeup. She also adds that Leslie Lloyd, the drama class advisor and the director of the show, wants it to be in the 50s style. For Hu, that means helping girls with their red lipstick and winged eyeliner.

For Nathaniel Wright, another senior with drama experience, a 50s style means getting to watch his friends and fellow actors dressed up to look like our grandparents did in their teenage years.

“I’m super pumped, I think those guys are going to go out and they’re going to kill it,” Wright said.

The fall play is not the only exciting change that drama is experiencing this year. The drama department has nearly doubled in size in the past few years, according to Wright. With so many people trying out for the fall play, two completely different casts had to be created to accommodate the large number of auditioners.

“Drama’s always been, it’s always been a family. I mean, I think it’s just continued to stay that way even as people have changed and left.” Wright said “There’s something about being on stage that just puts people together.”