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Actors Win Two Person Scenes At Chicago Youth Theater Festival

Alex Prestigiacomo, Editor

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     Acting is a difficult performing art for many, often requiring great dedication from actors. Taft students were able to show they can achieve this talent after two students took first place in a two person scene at the past Chicago Youth Theater Festival.

    “The event we attended was the Chicago Youth Theatre Festival. This is the third annual one that has been held. It is meant just for Chicago schools, allowing both students from high schools and middle schools,” said Bryan Wilson, leading member of Taft’s Drama Department.    

    For students who perform acting is a long process, rehearsal can often takes weeks of practice for students.

     “For our scene we had decided to perform a scene from a play called Proof, by David Auburn. We received our scripts weeks ago and have practiced since then,” said Vibyana Sacluti, a member of Taft’s Drama Club.

     Competing in scenes is not common for students, the experience is rare and offers them benefits they would not see from simply performing.

    “There were fifteen schools that competed at the event. I had competed in the monologue and two person scene divisions with Vibyana. Two other students, Rachel Demata and Renada Bustain, also competed in a two person scene. My scene with Vibyana became a finalist and we went on to perform for all participants there that day and take first place in our division,” said Giorgia Cozzo, another member of the Drama Club.

    For students to be able to attend events such as this that allow them to view other performers, as well as compete against them while seeing where they can improve is a vital experience. Opportunities such as this allow students to explore their abilities and learn from others.

    “It is an opportunity for students from various high schools and middle schools from across the city to come together and compete. It is one of the few events in the city that allow these students to compete through scene work. Aside from the competition they offer workshops and tours to the students as well,” said Wilson.

    With their season still in progress, featuring the upcoming and anticipated We Will Rock You, this experience should prove useful for the students who participated in the event.

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