By Douglas Sophomore Caroline Eaton
Taking the stage this March, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Drama Department is excited to finally present their spring show, “Imaginary.” After starting the rehearsal process in December, all of the students involved in this production have been counting down the days until they get to show the product resulting from all of the hard work and long hours that they have put in.
“Imaginary” is an upbeat and entertaining musical that is perfect for a night out with the whole family, especially for kids that are 10-years-old and up. With a relatable story of two young boys who grow up together, facing many different obstacles and challenges along the way, each audience member is ensured an amazing adventure of loyalty and wild imagination.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Drama Department has continued to succeed year after year in numerous award ceremonies and competitions. After more than 20 nominations and 9 wins at last year‘s Cappie Awards, including Best Play for their performance of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, this drama department is more than ready to throw their hat in the ring again for this year’s Cappies. Along with winning prestigious Tony Award-like accolades, they also compete in district and state-level competitions in which they have previously earned the highest of awards with each passing year.
One of the most unique things about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Drama Department is their entirely student-run productions. As the teacher who oversees it all, Melody Herzfeld loves to see her students excel and grow as they run their own shows. “Student-led productions have the most dedication and energy. Student directors, designers, and choreographers invest so much of themselves when they can express their own vision,” Herzfeld said. Some of these talented high schoolers include the lighting designer, Ally Reichard, the sound designer, Alyssa Marrero, the production stage manager, Jordan Braunstein, and a senior who has exceeded many expectations of high school theatre, Director, Jared Block.
“The directing process has been the most fun I’ve had doing a show because I get to execute this vision that’s been in my head for so long,” Jared tells us. “It’s almost surreal at this point to see your dream play out for you in front of your own eyes. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world.”
Don’t miss out on seeing this incredible show March 5th, 6th, and 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Stoneman Douglas Auditorium. Tickets are now available online at douglashigh.seatyourself.biz, $8 for students, $13 for adults, or you can purchase them at the door for $15. If you can spot our fliers around, scan the barcode with your camera app; it will take you directly to the ticket website!