Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Taste of Italy

What a great night of pasta, puppets, commedia and raffle tickets too! Many thanks to all the Drama Parents for organizing this annual fun fund-raiser! Thanks to WKYC News anchor (and proud drama parent) Eric Mansfield, for hosting the event. Thanks to all the local businesses who donated goods and services for our raffle.

Drama students from all grade levels worked as well, providing entertainment and stellar service for our patrons.

Thespian President D'Angelo (above) worked as a server and managed to find time to work on the Drama Showcase as well! Thanks D'Angelo!

6th Graders Mike (above) and Souji (below) show off their nifty ties as they prepare for an evening of waiting tables.

7th graders (below) Hailey and Desiree practice their serving smiles as they work their tables.

These 8th grade students (below) are Taste of Italy pros, having worked their way up through two years of puppet shows, and three years of serving tables. Luke, Chelsea, Lauren and Mackenzie -- Bravissimo!

The 4th/5th grade drama students presented table-side original puppet shows throughout the evening. 15 teams of puppeteers made sure that all our guests were properly entertained as they dined on delicious pasta!

A grand night was had by all!

The Miller South Commedia Troupe performed scenes from The Complete History of Theatre in the auditorium before and after the dinner.

In the audience, two members of a commedia troupe from Cleveland -- i Verdi Confusi (The Confused Greenies)! We didn't know that there was another commedia troupe in Ohio until participating in the Global Day of Commedia.

The Confused Greenies (based at Case Western Reserve University), as well as performing traditional scenarios, also combine commedia and science fiction and other forms of pop culture and have developed material based on Doctor Who (Dottore Who & the Three Locks of Time), Their upcoming show is inspired by zombie movies and is called Farce of the Living Dead: a Romantic Zommedia!

Below, members of The Confused Greenies give their very positive feedback to our troupe and then pose for a group commedia portrait. We are already talking about doing a combined show with both troupes in the near future -- stay tuned!

Jess and Megan, resplendent in patchwork, admire our thrift store commedia costumes.

Below, both troupes show off their character physicalizations.

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