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Theatre showcase honors graduates


The Senior Theatre Showcase aims to honor graduating thespians and highlight their experiences and accomplishments throughout their high school theatre career. Hosted by Paly juniors, the event features speeches, performances and thespian board announcements. The seniors also receive gifts. The free event will take place on May 28 in the Haymarket Theatre at 7 p.m.

The speeches, referred to as the “highlight of the night” by junior thespian Robert Vetter, are presented by juniors, sophomores and freshmen. Each student prepares a speech for a specific senior, only revealing who the speech is about at the very end.

“By the end of the speech, almost everyone can tell who the speech was about because of the funny inside jokes or memorable anecdotes that make it really clear. All the speeches are really funny and emotional so they’re a lot of fun to watch.”

Robert Vetter

In addition to speeches, the showcase will also feature short performances. According to senior thespian Nandini Relan, seniors have the opportunity to perform a short skit or monologue if they decide to.

“Senior showcase is essentially the most emotional thing ever,” Relan said. “It’s the goodbye for the seniors.”

Paly Theatre teacher, Kathy Woods, also presents the seniors with gifts and announces next year’s plays and thespian board.

“It’s sad to see the seniors leave, but it’s also exciting because next year’s season is announced,” Vetter said. “It’s a nice way to celebrate the work the seniors in Paly Theatre have done throughout the year and start looking forward to next year.”

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