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Dramatic society shines

The atmosphere was flourishing with tunes from the 1940’s and people dressed in attire from that time period as the Dramatic Society put together a variety show on Friday the 13th of April.

The improv troupe of the Dramatic Society kicked off the show with a collaborative announcement, rapping the rules such as no cell phones and the like.

The hosts were Jeremy Gallardo, who played Mr. Escalante from “Stand and Deliver,” and Andrew Morris. The first string of performers were practically all singers and it felt like a Karaoke show at the beginning.

Everyone did a great job, but among the singers that stood out were Jenna Peters-ring, Mark David and Kayo Carr. “It was amazing, it’s been four years since I’ve sang to people,” Peters-ring said.

Nonetheless, DVC Dance Club totally stole the first half of the show with a snazzy performance that had a mixture of hip-hop and swing dancing.

Mark David came back in drag with the hosts to add spice to the show.

After intermission, that was when the variety really kicked off.

Blake Rosier from the improv troupe started a performance with prop comedy using body language like Mr. Bean then jumped to stand up comedy pulling beanies out of his crotch and committing other acts of random silliness.

Delirium Ride, according to the MC’s, was the only band to perform as they gave a comedy performance simultaneously.

A rapping guitar player mixed both talents together to make a unique blend that delivered.

Dennis McCaffery though did an amazing break dancing performance to James Brown’s “Super Bad” with flawless movement.

The show ended with a performance from Double Dimension who claimed that they were time traveling wizards from 2012, placating to the 1940’s theme. They did beat boxing and spat some verses. Their performance put the corporate sellouts like Kayne West and Lil Wayne to shame. “I though it was incredible,” said Double Dimension performer James Udom. “I was really proud of the talent on stage and pleased to share the stage with them.”

The drama students were not only doing the show to entertain, but they were selling tickets to the event that will help fundraise for the Drama Department.

Eight local businesses have decided to help support the dramatic society by donating gifts for the “opportunity” baskets, in which people bought tickets in hope of winning a gift during a draw at the end of the show. Every bit of the profit went to the dramatic society. This money can be used for going to competitions.

The judges who were to decide the winner of the show were Dean of student life Bill Oye, Sam Park VP of ICC, Carrie Wilson, Kenn Adams and Alex Guerra, the director of last semester’s student-made production, “Stand and Deliver.”

After reading the drawings for the opportunity baskets, the MC’s proceeded to announce the winner, who not surprisingly was Dennis McCaffery.

“I feel great, I’m glad to express myself to everyone,” said McCaffery.

Though the variety was lacking at the beginning, it was the performances at the end that definitely made this variety show a success.

Jessica Brown, the student director of the whole show has been working on this project since last year. “We hope that it becomes a tradition with family and community involvement,” said Brown

The show’s performers delivered that variety by mixing genres and different talents that often deviated from the 1940’s theme, but offered a pizazz and diversity that mainstream entertainment fails miserably to pull off.

“They put their hearts and soul into it,” said drama instructor Ed Trujillo. “We had community support, which is a good bridge to build.”


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