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What You Missed On Last Week’s “Usher”

Aliyah Young

Aliyah Young

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During this time of year, Advanced Drama proceeds to create a final senior project. This year, Christy Moreno was in charge of just that, creating an unforgettable show to last.

Some may know the traditional House of Usher story to be that of a depressing story, including death and destruction of the Usher house, but this particular play takes a totally different route.

“I say that it’s cool because it has a lot more comedy in it, it still has all the aspects that are necessary, but it has that comic relief,” Advanced Drama student Aliyah Young said.

With a more teen friendly plot, the play surrounds a group of students forced to spend the night in a house, due to a bus malfunction, they believe is haunted. It later leads to the discovery of a set up for dead Madeline, played by Adamari Meece, and her cursed ancestors to pass on to the afterlife. The way to break the curse? Roderick, played by Nathan Carballo, the only living Usher in the household must find a date to prom.

Struggles including William, played by Gerardo Arias, refusing to help due to his infatuation with Madeline and not wanting her to pass on, all the way to a few ancestors rebelling against the idea of there possible trip south in the afterlife are all what make the show more memorable.

The most outstanding factor, other than the acting, has to be the amazing theatrics put into the play. Everything from fog machines and dim candles to old couches and realistic cobwebs are the cherry on top of a wonderful performance. And who could forgot the members behind the lights? Theater Production, without them you wouldn’t be able to see any of it!

Not only did the Advanced Drama cast put on a show, they also held a ceremony for graduating seniors.

“I thought it was sweet. I loved that we took the time to notice all the people who put their time into Drama, the ones who started with Drama and ended it with their senior year,” Young said.

Honor Cords were distributed to seniors who have been in Drama for at least two years. A slide show showing the senior’s length in Drama class was then presented and tears and thank you’s were exchanged.

“I think it was spectacular and I am really proud of all the actors for putting the effort into making this year as great as it was,” Moreno said.

 

 

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