November 5, 2004

Mar Vista Journeys to New Lands

Mar Vista High School’s Drama Department is now rehearsing for their upcoming show ¿De Dónde? by Mary Gallagher, which will run November 16- 19. This powerful, moving play examines the plight of Latin American refugees fleeing poverty, oppression, and in some cases death from their home country and the Americans trying to help them. In this controversial piece, the actors will be communicating a message of tolerance as well as awareness. It is a poignant plea for understanding and forbearance.

Many in the play have multiple roles ranging from Border Patrol Officers to immigrants. In the lead roles are Thespians Kevin Anthenill, Daniel Hinojosa, Natalie Llerenas, and Chandra McColgan. The rest of the ensemble consists of Thespians Ly Gaffney, Sonya Gomez, Erika Mendoza, Marcus Richardson, Jessica Torres, and Heather Williams. Other Drama Department members include: Rikki Bower, Leah Cortez, Robert DeLuna, Joshua Eaton, Evelyn Ferry, Iris Guevera, Lauren Lontz, Bobby Marker, Jonathan Mendoza, Carla Minnerly, Joe Provencio, Gaby Ruiz, Troy Usserly, and Angela Vega. It is directed by sponsor Marilynn Zeljeznjak and assisted by Thespian student directors Angela Rilatt and Jessica Torres as well as assorted alumni.

The show is entered in the California Educational Theatre Association’s High School Play Festival. If chosen the cast will get to perform in January of 2005 at the CETA South Festival in front of their peers. Unfortunately Mar Vista is the only Drama Department in the Sweetwater Union High School District to be participating in this competition.

The Mariner Theatre Company hopes that members of the community will attend the South Bay premiere of ¿De Dónde? on November 16 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $4 for students and $5 for adults. The show is not recommended for children.

For the first time ever, the fall show is also Dinner Theatre. The Mar Vista Hockey Team will be serving bowls of Dr. Cole’s famous chili an hour before the show for an additional $5.

For more information about the show or dinner, contact the Mar Vista Drama Department at 423-7040.

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