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 at 7pm. The show is approximately 30 minutes long and tickets can be purchased for $5 at the door.