By Emily Ordoñez ’19
Archbishop Mitty High School showcases one of the most renowned Performing Arts departments in the Bay Area. Part of what makes the program special is the versatile curriculum and the supportive community behind each production that graces the stage. Every year, the school puts on a fall musical, a winter play, and a spring musical.
In the 2018-19 run, we’ve already seen Bright Star directed by Doug Santana. It’s the charming tale of Billy, an aspiring writer from North Carolina, and his publisher, Alice Murphy, set to a bluegrass soundtrack. The Archbishop Mitty production allowed for special musical opportunities, including a violin solo to begin the show and a giant, moveable house on wheels that carried four musicians.
“Playing while on stage was a very different experience,” said senior Sean Lao, the lead violinist who performed inside the moving house. “It allowed us to interact with the actors and actually become part of the show.”
This winter, students also performed Noises Off, the iconically hilarious play-within-a-play featuring ample slapstick comedy and chaotic fun. Director of Performing Arts Mr. Doug Santana ran the production for the third time in his career. The cast featured a plethora of members from Archbishop Mitty’s sketch comedy team, Pardon My French, and undoubtedly highlighted the breadth of talent that students can develop as part of their Archbishop Mitty education.
With multiple outlets for artistic expression and a faculty that truly cares about the success of its students, aspiring performers naturally flourish in the Performing Arts Department. Finally, finishing off the year will be Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which runs from March 22-30. This musical tells a classic tale infused with comedy and exhilarating musical numbers. Although the production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella won’t debut until spring, the cast has already begun preparing by going to watch the Broadway national tour of the same show featuring alumna Mandy McDonell ’13 at the San Jose Center of Performing Arts. Even unprompted, the Archbishop Mitty community spirit comes through in the best places.
“This department has been so special to me for the last four years,” said senior Michaela Lewis, the leading lady of the show. “Giving this performance is like giving back to the people who are in it.”
For more information regarding the performing arts program visit, mitty.com/performing-arts.