Sophomore Surbhi Ghadia recently brought her leadership project to the stage as a non-profit production of Cat in the Hat during sixth period in the gym on January 13.
“It is basically a parody,” said Ghadia of the Cat in the Hat production, “I kept some original lines in it but mostly, I added in little jokes.”
Although the original story is intended for a younger audience, Surbhi has confidence that it will shine at AHS.
“I think that anyone can watch this play,” said Ghadia, “This is high school and I picked a kid’s type of play and I thought that it may be a little out of the age group but then, of course, no one’s too old for Cat in the Hat.”
The casual performance was offered to anyone who could or wanted to attend during sixth period.
“Basically, whichever teachers want to bring their classes can bring them” said Ghadia on who was invited to the performance.
As AHS doesn’t see very many plays on its stage, the Cat in the Hat was a rare occurrence for AHS students.
“I feel that since we’re a STEM school, there’s not much expression of other talents that people have. Of course everyone here has STEM talents but I know there are also some who like to act,” said Ghadia, “I personally love acting so I thought it would be a really cool way to get people involved who are interested in acting and it hasn’t been done before.”
Volunteers dedicated their time by coming together as a team to work towards a goal they’re passionate about.
“My favorite thing about being in The Cat in the Hat is that I get to be part of an experience that is not always offered to students at AHS,” said sophomore Moshe Henderson who will play the lead role as The Cat in the play, “It gives me a chance to share my talents and passion for the arts.”
“I thought it was a neat idea,” said teacher Troy Hoehne who was the staff advisor for the production, “I like that the students are being creative.”
The cast and and stage crew of volunteers make up the production team and met every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for rehearsals which were led by Surbhi.
“Its fun because my job is really observational,” said Hoehne, “I have watched it from the very beginning. I watched Surbhi from the initial, ‘This is the idea that I have’ and now I can start to see the idea form. Its fun to watch them.”
Although Surbhi has worked hard as the Director, she also has acting talents of her own.
“I do like acting, myself, so what I did was put my own name in the script and I created a character named Surbhi The Director” said Ghadia.
Actors are required to prepare themselves for their role in many ways and the AHS actors are working hard to fulfill their responsibilities.
“To personally prepare for the role of the Cat, I, of course, have to memorize my lines,” said Henderson, “however, I like to take it a step further. As I hope to someday be a professional actor I have to study the character and how he holds himself. I have to pay attention to the ways he might say things, his objectives, his thoughts, and body language. After that, you just have to act, which really isn’t that hard once you’ve done all your homework for that character.”
Just like with any project that requires an audience, it was important to have support from the school.
“I have all of the approvals I need,” said Surbhi, “and I’ve had a lot of teachers ask me about the play who aren’t even involved with it. Its pretty cool how its wrapping around the school because almost all of the teachers know about it.”
After all of the hard work by the volunteers Surbhi, the she is seeing it all come together.
“I’m most excited about, not the actual performance, but the rehearsals,” said Ghadia, “I find that the best thing is building up to the product and I find that the process is the most fun part. So, I expect to have a bunch of good times and laughs with my helpers and actors.”
Along with Surbhi, the volunteers will walk away from this experience with a feeling of accomplishment.
“I became involved in Surbhi’s production because I love to act and want to broaden my experience in the theatre,” said Henderson, “I also know that Surbhi is a great leader and can live up to great expectations, so I trust her to produce something good. Being in a school play also looks good on a resume.”