On November 9th, the Coral Glades High School Drama Department under the direction of Kristina Johnson took their first step towards state competition by being chosen as one of two shows to represent district 7 at the state level in March. They performed the musical one act, “How Can You Run With A Shell On Your Back” by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler, an anti-bullying piece about six nine-year-old students who get stuck in detention. They all come from different backgrounds, but by the end of the show realize that they should look past their differences and all be friends. In the weeks prior to competition, the cast and crew traveled to 5 elementary and middle schools to perform their piece and spread its anti-bullying message.
This is not the first time that Coral Glades has gotten to perform in various locations. Built in 2003, the school does not include a theater and thus forced the drama department to get creative as to where they can carry out their productions.
Despite their challenges, they have been able to prevail. Not only did they get Superior ratings on their show, the school without an auditorium was awarded Best Tech Team of the day. They also took home the Best Ensemble in a Play Cappie Award for their production last year in their home-made outside amphitheater.
This year, Coral Glades plans to continue their successes with two mainstage productions and numerous charity showcases. On December 6th they will perform a showcase to benefit Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids. In February, they will tackle the classical musical, “Little Women,” which will be performed at JP Taravella High School at 7:00pm February 20th – 22nd. They also look forward to a benefit performance in March of, “How Can You Run With A Shell On Your Back,” to help raise funds to take the show to the state competition. With the support of the community, Coral Glades Drama Department will continue to flourish in their efforts to keep the arts alive in high school no matter where they’re performing.