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West Ashley High School Drama Studio Hosts Successful Play Festival

Drama students Owen Chesser and Emma Burbage were two of the 
performers during The 9 Worst Breakups of All Time. They acted out one of the nine breakups referenced in the titleDrama students Owen Chesser and Emma Burbage were two of the performers during The 9 Worst Breakups of All Time. They acted out one of the nine breakups referenced in the title


December 6, 2017
From Staff Reports

Recently, West Ashley High School’s The Drama Studio hosted a Fall Play Festival. This is the first time that they have put on this festival and hope to do it again in the future. With the retirement of long-time drama teachers Ellyn Winkles and Nancy Shurlds last year, The Drama Studio welcomed two new drama teachers, Latanya Mueller and Michelle Jones, for the 2017-2018 season. Mueller’s Drama 1 students and Jones’ Drama 2 students performed Sorry, Wrong Number and The 9 Worst Breakups of All Time on Wednesday and Second Class on Thursday.

Sorry, Wrong Number, a mystery by Lucille Fletcher, is about a woman who, while on the telephone, overhears what she thinks is a murder plot and tries to prevent it. It was performed along with The 9 Worst Breakups of All Time, a comedy by Ian McWethy, about a woman named Eve Tonsil who works for a company called “Relationships for a Better Tomorrow.” She takes the audience on a tour of the nine worst breakups that have ever happened. The tour begins with the Cro-Magnon era then moves on to the Civil War era and finally ends with present day.

On night two of the Fall Play Festival, The Drama Studio performed a play called Second Class by Brad Slaight. It’s about what happens at a high school before the bell rings, what goes on in the hallways, and what happens in the parking lot after the school day is over; all of the places where the real learning takes place.

Up next for The Drama Studio is The Grinch. Mueller’s Drama 3 class and Jones’ Drama 1 will perform in the show. They are doing two school shows: one at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 for local elementary and middle schools and one at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 for students, faculty, and staff at WAHS. Admission is free for all shows.

In the spring, The Drama Studio will put on their 17th spring musical; Barry Manilow’s Copacabana: The Musical. It’s about an aspiring song-writer named Stephen who tries to compose what he hopes will be a successful musical. His imagination takes him back to the 1940s, as he creates a story surrounding an ambitious singer named Lola Lamar who arrives in New York City from Tulsa, OK hoping to become a star. She ends up at the Copacabana Nightclub and strives to become a ‘Copa Girl’, a dancer with the help of the club’s bartender, Tony Starr.

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