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Drama students perform two versions of ‘The Breakfast Club’

By Brendan Mills

 

The school’s drama class recently finished performing “The Breakfast Club.” This show was the culmination of more than a month’s work and dedication. There were, in fact, two separate productions of the entire play. One, a more traditional show, followed the movie closely, and another modern version was set in Alameda with updated references.

Drama teacher Megan McKinley chose this play because she “wanted to give them a show that would make them happy after a tough previous year.” McKinley also noted that the play’s themes, like rebellion and social structure, are still very relevant to students today.

The idea to have two versions came from the show’s directors: senior Katherine Lovejoy and junior Dan O’Malley, directing the traditional and modern version respectively. McKinley said, “they each just had their own visions for the show, and I wanted to respect each of their ideas.”

O’Malley’s version features a different setting, updated references and more modern character backgrounds. Lovejoy “watched the movie about 15 times” to inspire and get detail for her traditional adaptation.

The cast list was set and the process of character development began. They spent hours working on “getting the depth of the characters” and “studying each individual character,” said Lovejoy.

The AHS drama class is known for its rigorous and grueling rehearsal regiment, and this production was no exception. “We rehearsed in class each day,” said McKinley. “We would switch off between the traditional and modern casts having the stage daily. When one cast would not be blocking on the stage, they would be in the classroom rehearsing lines or working on character building exercises.”

Along with class time work, there was also the demanding after-school rehearsal schedule. Both Lovejoy and McKinley described working on lines and blocking from when school let out until 8 or 10 p.m.

At any given time during rehearsals, there were two full casts and the tech crew working to get everything down pat. “Impressively, the students were able to put this show together in just over five weeks,” said McKinley.

By the end of it, both directors and teacher were very proud of the finished product.

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