Best of SNO

Behind the scenes of Romeo and Juliet

Behind the scenes of Romeo and Juliet

By Kaitlin Krause, Palatine High School

October 27, 2015

A sword flies over his head as he ducks to the floor and slices his own weapon, a short knife, onto his opponent’s thigh. The man standing over him drops his second weapon to hold his hurt leg, leaving his side open to a quick and fatal stab from the man below. After a few seconds of shock, the wounded...

‘Shrek the Musical’ captivates young audience

‘Shrek the Musical’ captivates young audience

By Harsimran Makkad

May 21, 2015

“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” The opening lines enchant the audience as lights dim and the story begins. On April 15 and 16, second and third graders from the elementary schools in the district came to preview “Shrek the Musical” before the first performance...

Faces are canvasses for Tibbetts’ artistic expression

Faces are canvasses for Tibbetts’ artistic expression

By Gita Raman

April 15, 2015

With the swish of a brush, some touches of blush, and a stroke of eyeliner, a face is magically transformed into a stunning work of art. At St. Paul Academy and Summit School, junior Miriam Tibbetts explores art by using faces as her canvas for self-expression. She works as one of the key makeup artists...

No stage? No problem

No stage? No problem

By Maayan Waldman

March 26, 2015

Traditional theaters, it seems, are too mainstream for Shalhevet Drama. In lieu of renting out a theater space as it did last fall for Biloxi Blues, the department will present its annual student-written One-Acts inside a private home in Beverly Hills. The rooms of the home will be the stage. Scene...

Physical comedy coach works with fall play cast

Physical comedy coach works with fall play cast

By Noor Qureishy

March 16, 2015

Although dramatic scenes with epic sword fights and star-crossed lovers invoke heart-throbbing emotions, the only type of theater capable of invoking both happiness and sadness, tears and bouts of endless laughter, is comedy. This year, the Upper School fall play One Man, Two Guvnors focuses on the a...

More than just a sweet little southern girl

More than just a sweet little southern girl

By Tori Swart, Sycamore High School

February 11, 2015

Amidst the disguises, forgery and police chases in the winter musical Catch Me If You Can, lies a love story. Frank Abagnale, played by senior Paul Philips, falls for the only “normal” nurse within the hospital, Brenda Strong. Strong is played by junior Amara Clough. We asked Clough about he...

Iowa school play benefits Ferguson student actors

The cast of the Diviners accepts a standing ovation at curtain call.

By Sophia Schlesinger and Ellis Fontana

December 2, 2014

The cast is gone, the set has been stripped, the lights taken down and the curtain tucked away. However, the legacy of "The Diviners" endures beyond the confines of Opstad Auditorium. Miles away in Ferguson, Mo., drama students are being given the opportunity to attend Missouri’s state festival, thank...

Theatre students plan short film for state contest

The cast of

By Erienne Terpak, Plano Senior HS, Plano, Texas

October 7, 2014

A boy slides in and out of the crowds, struggling to balance the different personas he possesses, the identities only he knows about. From friends to family to teachers to strangers, he has a mask for every one of them. Seniors Jason Head and Maggie Harvey are making this vision a reality with a team...

‘Rent’ works to inspire, inform

'Rent' works to inspire, inform

By David Andrews, Monarch HS, Louisville, Colo.

March 14, 2014

This spring, the theater department will be tackling "Rent," which follows the lives and struggles of a group of aspiring artists and friends in their Bohemian neighborhood in Manhattan, known as Alphabet City, during the tumultuous 1980s. Brian du Fresne, Monarch teacher, and artistic director for the...

“The Winter’s Tale,” a Shakespeare B-side

“The Winter’s Tale,” a Shakespeare B-side

By Elizabeth Tarangelo, San Dieguito Academy, Encinitas, Calif.

March 7, 2014

If you find yourself debating on whether to go see the new movie “Winter’s Tale” at Edwards San Marcos or the timeless play “The Winter’s Tale” at The Old Globe, the latter is undeniably the better choice. Something of a Shakespeare B-side, “The Winter’s Tale” is one of the last pl...

‘Urinetown’ spices up theater

The cast of

By Ira Zuckerman, Ballard HS, Seattle

March 5, 2014

Each year, at the turn of winter to spring, a special aura emanates out from the black box and through the freshman hallway. It constitutes the after-school atmosphere, seeping out like incense through the sounds of choral songs and the vibrations of choreographed dance. Last year, the theater produced...

Godspell shines as ‘Light of JC’

Brady Fritz, as Jesus, prays in the Garden of Gethsemane, while his followers sleep. Jesus asks God if there is any other way to accomplish his purpose without sacrificing his life but accepts his fate.

By Madison Meyer, John Carroll School, Bel Air, Md.

February 19, 2014

The lights bathe the stage in red as Judas ties Jesus to the blackboard. The disciples and the company kneel, praying as Jesus’s last few notes seem to pierce the air. The moment is solemn, with heavy guitar and rock music echoing as Jesus dies. JC’s fall musical “Godspell” is filled with...