Intermediate theater competes at DTASC for the first time


Jessica Streich

In the All Female Cast category, freshman Christina Hendricks performs a scene from “The Undertones” with 3 other classmates, a play in which the main characters are haunted by the human form of their inner thoughts. For generally young actors, a scene from such an advanced play is very challenging to perform, and requires hours of rehearsal.

To go or not to got, that is no longer the question. This year, for the first time ever at Carlsbad High, intermediate drama has the opportunity to go to DTASC, a big drama festival held at Calabasas High School. Drama has been working diligently during the past three weeks to perfect its dramatic skits.

Usually, DTASC is a privilege solely for advanced drama students; this year, advanced drama students have begun to help the intermediate class work on its roles, since the former has prior experience in the event.

“It is pretty amazing that we are the first class that is able to do this,” freshman Mackenzie Vogel said. “It is great we are getting this opportunity, and I am excited I get to represent Carlsbad.”

Emotions are running high as DTASC approaches, and high standards pressure these students.

“I am very excited but at the same time I am so nervous,” freshmen Kyle Lynaugh said. “There are big expectations because we are the first people to have a chance to go to this.”

Drama will send seven different categories to perform in front of many schools. Each category is currently working on mastering its performance.

“Judges should expect some great acting,” Vogel said. “Each of the categories is very unique, and students are able to make their roles their own. My category is going to be monologue, so it is going to be very nerve racking up on stage by myself.”

Each performance will run for only a few minutes, and the only prop allowed is a chair. The different categories include monologue, serious, all female cast, musical and comedy.

Groups must follow strict rules during their performances, facing time and content restrictions. Students will work with these rules to make an impressive piece for the judges.

“Even though this is our first year, we are going to try our best and do a great job,” freshman Nolan Palm said.