Theater Arts Club
Advisor: Mrs. Noversa
Diman Theater has been in existence for many years; however, Diman has only been producing shows since 2016. Past shows include Act II of The Crucible by Arthur Miller (performed for the 2016 High School Festival), Lockdown by Douglas Craven (2017 Public Showing), 10 Reasons You Should Have Stayed Home Sick Today by E. M. Bell (2018 High School Festival), The Bunkers written by Diman student Andrew Leger (2019 High School Festival and public performance).Students who join the Theater Arts Club perform various tasks pertaining to play production. Students not only act but learn about lighting, sound, set design, stage crew, make up, costume design, and what it takes to produce a show.
Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of "10 Reasons You Should've Stayed Home Sick Today"
Veronica R, Jennifer, Hannah, Lyndon, Willow, Gabriella*, Lauren, Shailee, Anastasia, Trenton, Aaron, Nicholas, Andrew*, Kylee
C.J., Matthew, Casteil, Patric, Andrew*, Lucas, Alex, Sara, Gabriella*, Nina, Christina, Abigail, Hope, Preston, Jelani
Members of the stage crew are: Donovan, Zachary, and Ryan
Scripts for "10 Reasons You Should Have Stayed Home Sick Today by E.M. Bell" were delivered today.
Auditions will be held on Thursday, October 26th and Wednesday, November 1st. from 6-8pm in the Diman Auditorium. You do not have to attend both days.
The Theater Arts Club's first meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 4th from 6-7:30pm in the Diman Auditorium. Any student interested in any aspect of theater should attend.
2nd Annual Diman's Got Talent
The 2nd Annual Diman's Got Talent Theater Arts Fundraiser will be held on Friday, May 12th at 7pm in the Diman Auditorium located at 251 Stonehaven Road. The Auditorium has open seating. Tickets are $3 for students and senior citizens and $5 for adults. There are 15 acts this year.
One Act Play - Lockdown
This year the Theater Arts Club will be performing the One-Act Play - "Lockdown" by Douglas Craven on Friday, May 24, 2017 at 7pm in the Diman Auditorium located at 251 Stonehaven Road in Fall River. Tickets are $3 for students and senior citizens and $5 for adults. Doors open at 6:30 and the auditorium has open seating.
ABOUT THE PLAY - The One-Act play, "Lockdown" takes place in a single classroom while the entire school is on lockdown. Discussions in the classroom among the students are things that could actually happen during a lockdown due to the stress of not knowing what is going on in the rest of the school. This play has strong language and during the play a fire alarm goes off. May not be suitable for younger audience members.
Drama On Stage
Diman's recently-formed Theater Arts Club broke a (proverbial) leg recently, winning two awards at its first-ever competition on February 27, 2016. Performing the courtroom scene from Arthur Miller's The Crucible at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild High School Drama Festival Competition preliminary round at Bourne High School, the theater group earned acting awards for Patric DeCastro (Judge Danforth) and Gabriella Noversa (Mary Warren).
Many of Diman's actors had never performed before and were impressive in their first time on the stage. The cast was made up of one senior, one junior, seven sophomores and four freshmen. Joining DeCastro and Noversa on the stage were Andrew Leger (John Proctor), Taylor Bird (Elizabeth Proctor), Javier Mendez (Judge Hathorne), Christina Sanger (Francis Nurse), Breann Almeida (Abigail Williams), Matthew Garcia (Reverend Hale), Nicholas Mota (Reverend Parris), Amber Almeida (Cheever), Nina Goncalves (Mercy Lewis), Philip Borgeson (Giles Corey), and Victoreya Lambert (Martha Corey). The co-directors this year were Cathie Noversa and Eric Spencer.
“I’m very proud of this group of students,” said Noversa. “They saved their best for last … their performance at the festival was the strongest they had done.”
Most schools that enter this competition have done so for many years, and most schools have a theater arts class during the school day with rehearsals at night. In contrast, Diman holds its rehearsals one night per week in the Diman auditorium.
Festival competition involves many aspects of putting on a play. There are many rules for festival. Each school is responsible for setting up and breaking down their set, and the play must fall within a 40 minute time limit. All members of the cast and crew must be in attendance for the entire day, for all eight shows. Judging involves all this and set design, costume design, music choice, lighting, and of course, the ability to put on a great show.
The three festival judges did critique the play and sent notes to the directors. These notes commended many aspects of the play and also made suggestions and how the play could be improved upon.
The Theater Arts Club is planning to show their festival entry to the public on Friday, April 1st 2016 at 7pm. The show is approximately 30 minutes long and tickets can be purchased for $5 at the door.
Nathan Byrnes, Media Services Coordinator