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Junior Catherine Zadoroczna serves as model for senior Keeley Alexander who won third place Mar. 18 for stage makeup.

Junior Catherine Zadoroczna serves as model for senior Keeley Alexander who won third place Mar. 18 for stage makeup.

Keeley Alexander

Keeley Alexander

Junior Catherine Zadoroczna serves as model for senior Keeley Alexander who won third place Mar. 18 for stage makeup.

Anyone who’s been to a drama or dance production knows how talented Northgate students are on stage. Last month, they took their talent on the road, bringing home a wide range of drama, dance, and theatre awards.

Students participated in the 2017 Ohlone Theatre Festival in Fremont, on March 17 and 18, competing against 28 other high schools. A hundred awards were given out for 35 categories such as improv, dance, and musicals at the 23rd Theatre Festival.

Among top awards, Stagecraft took home the second place award for the set design and overall tech team categories which was the first time they won it, as well as the first place set model. Dance production earned the third place theatre dance award and two seniors placed first and third for their music videos. The third place fantasy makeup award went to senior Keeley Alexander.

Junior Maddy Voorhees was one of the five monologue finalists, and placed 2nd for her comedic monologue.

“I had done my monologue entry for Ohlone before, so despite not practicing perhaps as much as I should have, I still felt pretty prepared. I was still nervous though, and felt really excited and proud when I heard that I won,” Voorhees explained.

Asked about a future in the dramatic arts, Voorhees replied, “I’m not sure yet, but I definitely considered the idea. Like I mentioned, I’m really into musical theatre and would love to do something involving that, but I’ll have to see where life takes me.”

Another monologue finalist was junior Amber McCann.

“I felt so good after finding out I made finals. It was very rewarding and exhilarating. I felt at home at Ohlone,” McCann answered. “I’m definitely looking to try and incorporate theatre and drama into my college career. I love it.”

Senior Emily Greenlee placed first for the music video award.

“I honestly didn’t think I was going to win, but it was going to be fun anyway,” Greenlee remarked. Greenlee envisions a future in acting and makeup, “I would definitely audition for roles. I’m actually interested in professional make-up and tech support.”

Production Workshop teacher Jeff Hagerstrand expressed his thoughts about the results of the annual theatre.

“I wasn’t surprised that the enormous talent and hard work by NHS theatre students was recognized. However, there were over 1,000 students from 29 high schools competing, so I was nervous for them going into the awards ceremony,” Hagerstrand said.

“Working creatively and collaboratively with teenagers to produce meaningful entertainment is a really fun way to make a living. I’m a lucky guy.”

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