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Thunder Theatre 2018 Our first semester was full.....

Once again, Thunder Theatre hit the ground running with productions, activities, and service projects that would make the community proud to have such a dedicated group of students in their neighborhood.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe performance

October 11 - 13, 2018

Student Technicians, Elementary School Audiences, Student Actors all made for a crowning performance

ABC’s Production of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe October 11th, 12th, & 13th

Earlier this year A\BC Productions put on The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe based on the book by C.S. Lewis. The rehearsal process took place two hours after school each day for six weeks. The students in the production worked extremely hard and it payed off in the end! When the show was running, we reached out to the community and had over 500 students from different Atwater Elementary Schools come see the show! The production ran for one one weekend and went extremely smoothly. A special thank you to the Theatre Arts III & IV class for designing and building the set.

The Witch completes her evil plot as her followers celebrate the victory

A Christmas Adventure

19th Anniversary - December 1, 6, 8, 9, 2018

A Christmas Adventure - 2018

This year, A\BC Productions presented its nineteenth annual performance of A Christmas Adventure, which took place in Atwater’s Bloss House, composed of over 50 castmembers. Based on an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the walking tour takes its audience through the mansion to tell the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as he visits his past, present and future and learns the true meaning of Christmas. The cast itself this year featured students and teachers from Atwater High School, Buhach Colony High School and Peggy Heller Elementary, along with several guests which played Mr. Scrooge in the Foyer. The cast performed in the museum from December 1st to December 9th to remind Atwater what the holidays are truly about.

The Improv Show

November 8 and 9, 2018

The Theatre Arts 2 class had been learning, rehearsing, and preparing for their improv show since the beginning of the school year. The shows, performed at the beautiful Buhach Colony theatre, ran the night of the 8th & 9th of November. The first night of the competition, the Drama 2 class competed amongst each other to see who the champions of the class were. The following night, they competed against the old champions, the Drama 3s & 4s, to see which of these groups could take home the title of Improv Champions. The first night held a small, but ecstatic, audience. It was hosted by Nicolas Ruano and had La Bamba defeating the other two teams, The Phantoms and The Sharks. The next night, with a medium crowd, hosted by Mr. Bettis, La Bamba took home the crown AGAIN, defeating the prior champions. A little birdie is telling us that Golden Valley wants in on this improv action.

Excursions

Peter and the Starcatchers

The Advanced Theatre students made a trip to Modesto College to see the "found object" show - Peter and the Starcatcher. The show was the prelude to the tale of Peter Pan and explains how Peter became the perpetual youth, where the Lost Boys came from, and how Stach became Captain Hook. It was a creative interpretation of the tale with many interesting acting and directing choices made. The students learned much about the theatre program at Modesto College and thoroughly enjoyed the adventure.

International Thespian Society

Buhach is honored to have a thespian society on campus. The International Thespian Society is an honor society for high school theatre students. Student shave to earn a certain amount of points, be nominated by a member of ITS, and prove their dedication to theatre before they can be initiated into the society. This year, we had the pleasure of inducting two new members to troupe 6638. Mariana Martin and Lizzy Lourenco are now officially members of the International Thespian Society as well as Viviana Gomez, Layton White, Emmaleigh Irish, Alain Yang, and Nicolas Ruano.

FAN (Friday Activity Nights)

FAN Nights

FAN (Friday Activity Night) Nights are an after-school activity for the drama club. The aim of FAN Nights are to bring the club together and participate in theatre-related activities outside of the regular school day. There have been two FAN Nights this semester. In September, students in Drama Club went to downtown Merced to see the Titanic: The Musical, at Playhouse Merced. In November, Drama Club hosted its second FAN Night-- the night consisted of a potluck, theatre karaoke, and rock painting.

Serving Our Community

At Buhach Colony, we believe that part of our responsibility is to use the skills and talents we have in service to the school and local community. We provide the use of our skills to help the other clubs, classes, and civic organizations complete their missions.

The Drug Store Project - October 26, 2018

The Drug Store Project cast, consisting of Buhach Colony theatre students, assisted the Atwater Elementary School District in educating youth about the dangers of substance abuse through a drug prevention program. The theatre students of Buhach Colony High School participate in this program annually by simulating a high school party, in which tensions rise after offering a younger actor a “drug”, resulting in the student’s unconsciousness. The main purpose of the theatre student’s party scene is to dissuade the Atwater Elementary School District youth from participating in consumption of substances, such as those used within the party scene, and appraise the choices an individual can make pertaining to substance use and abuse.

Dia de los Muertos

Every year, Buhach Colony High School has a school-wide celebration for Dia de Los Muertos! Before the celebration begins, the theatre arts students offered their services to the Ballet Folklorico girls where they designed and painted unique sugar skulls on each of the girls faces. At the celebration, the theatre arts students of Buhach Colony volunteer in drawing sugar skulls and other designs on celebration attendees. The celebration continues into the night, when members of the community are invited to celebrate the occasion as well. The Buhach Colony theatre arts students help unite the students of Buhach and members of the community through the use of their artistic skills regarding makeup on one special night commemorating Dia de Los Muertos.

Forensics Crime Scene

The drama club treasurer, Nicolas Ruano, played the role of a dead body for the forensics crime scene! Nic had to lay down, unmoving, for two hours while the forensics classes came out and studied the crime scene. The makeup was done by Mr. Bettis earlier that morning where he added bruising around his wrist and face, all caused by an attack by an unknown culprit. The best part of it all was that there was A LOT of fake blood used. Nic had to go home and wash it all off but says that he would do it again!

Credits:

Photos: A\BC Productions, Lizzy Lourenco

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