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Centreville High School Senioritis

By • May 6th, 2008 • Category: Cappies

Toga Parties in the auditorium, a hippy principal, and dancing in the hallways: is this not like every high school? This past Saturday night Centreville performed their rendition of Senioritis.

This musical was designed by a creative team led by the late William Strauss, one of the founders of the Cappies Critic Program, in October 2006. The group was a composite of eight students from the Metropolitan Area. Their work tells the tale of a group of college-aspiring seniors from Erma Schmoe whose grades are purposely miscalculated so that they would not be accepted into the elite Holly League colleges. The teens work together and discover that life is about following your dreams and not fulfilling those set out by your superiors.

Centreville’s cast was led by a range of strong vocals and dance that captivated the audience. Their large cast showed a variety of personalities that were all well-acted. The performers appealed to the viewers mainly because they all resembled typical high school students.

The strong ensemble was led by junior Neema Atri in the role of Jared. Atri’s amazing vocals and stage presence, along with his charm and wit, made him the star of the show. He was accompanied by the role of Evelyn played by fellow junior, Alyssa LeBlanc. Her ability to capture the stress of a high school senior made the play more realistic for the audience.

Neema and Alyssa were well supported in their success; Senior Andrew Kaberline played the role of Babbers, embodying his awkward personality and sense of humor as he climbed up the social ladder. The young role of Timmy, played by Ian Lyons, was well-portrayed and Lyons’ dedication to the role was evident on stage. The humorous Julianna Lee played Madonjelina, a superstar with her entourage following her everywhere. The liberties she took with the role and subtle gestures made her performance stand out in such a large cast.

Centreville’s use of set resembled that of the Brady Bunch with different colored boxes used in a variety of ways. Their use of real lockers as props and desks made the stage look like the inside of a school. The sound was great, using seventeen microphones at once, despite frequency disturbances in the first half.

Senioritis, as performed by Centreville, was inspiring, as well as entertaining,especially to seniors undergoing the stressof preparation for college. The students’ great song and dance routines captivated the hearts of the audience and made a memorable tribute to the hard work of William Strauss.

by Joey Greener of Paul VI

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