By Natasha Ostapovicz
When the curtains close, the audience stops clapping, and the music dies, the actors on stage are finally able to take a well-earned break.
With the 2012 Theatre 370 season coming to an end, all of its participants are able to reflect upon a wonderful year and a job well done.
Mr. Brian Hickey said that this year’s season was “one of [his] favorites […] definitely one of the most enjoyable.”
Mr. Hickey, who has been teaching drama at the high school for 9 years, is extremely melancholy to see the year come to an end. “The year was very successful,” he said. “The best part? The students I had the opportunity to work with.”
About half of the drama program’s dedicated members are graduating seniors, moving on to college next fall. “I like cry when I think about it,” said Mr. Hickey. “[The seniors] are like my kids. They kept us all together.”
Eliza Dodge, the senior student producer of Theatre 370, is among these graduates. “I’m going to miss theatre so much,” she said. “Being student producer has been such a gift because I got to be a role model while doing something that I love.”
The year began with the production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” a musical that Mr. Hickey describes as “the closest [he] has ever gotten to [his director’s vision].”
Alessandro Arena-DeRosa, Theatre 370’s sophomore student producer, said that “Joseph” “was successful because it was fun. It was the kind of show where every actor had such energy that it reached out and got the audience excited about what they were seeing.”
When the excitement of the musical died down, the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild (METG) festival, or ‘Globefest’ began.
After 10 weeks of writing an original play, the cast of “Humans” brought their show to the METG festival preliminary round, then semi-finals, and then (for the first time in 7 years) finals.
This tremendous success received support not only within the arts department and the entire school system, but from the whole town as well.
Mr. Hickey attributes the success to the fact that “[everyone] was a part of it. We all came together.”
The whole cast worked fluently together to create a piece that everyone, especially those who have written shows before, regard as their favorite.
“Best show we did any year. Not only was it awesome to watch, but so much fun to be in,” said Dodge.
This year was Dodge’s fourth year being a part of Globefest. She commented that on a “scale of one to ten, it’s a five million.”
“We’re award winning… Recognized on the state level,” Mr. Hickey said. He hopes that this year’s success will provide more support from the community and within the school. “It isn’t just a cute after school drama program,” Mr. Hickey said.
The trophy case outside of the auditorium now holds 16 All Star cast awards and 3 trophies from this year’s Globefest for everyone to see.
Because of the prolonged Globefest experience, the spring play’s time was cut shorter than expected. However, the production of “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare was “extremely successful,” according to Mr. Hickey.
At first, the actors struggled with the language. But according to Arena-DeRosa,”Once we got it, we got it.”
Mr. Hickey said that the best part of the show was “seeing it coming to life on stage with the simplicity of the set design. The versatility of all the characters was great; the actors picked it up and ran with it. There were so many little moments.”
For the rest of the year, Mr. Hickey plans to “celebrate the seniors… and clean up.”