Marking 10 Years of Monologues

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Performances at the 10th annual Writers’ Workshop Monologues proved that the event has only improved with age. When advisors Lawrence Lynch and Adele Bolitho, both high school English teachers, started the club, they had no idea how successful it would become. The next show, this spring, will mark the 20th performance, and Lynch and Bolitho are thrilled that students are still excited about participating.

“Every year, we have students join that are engaged and enthusiastic about writing and performing,” Lynch said. “This is an incredible opportunity for them to exercise their creativity in a nurturing and supportive environment.”

Many of the students that join the group have never written their own monologues or performed. This format allows them to feel comfortable. There is no pressure, just the expectation that they will use their creativity and have fun. Students are given a theme for the winter monologue performances, which take place in January each year. The theme can be interpreted in any way they choose, allowing for diversity during the show. The winter theme this year was “Fear.” The spring workshop topic is open and includes both scenes and monologues.

Once the script is written, Lynch and Bolitho work with each student performer to make it the best it can possibly be and to ensure that it represents what the student intended.

Performers in the winter workshop held on Jan. 21st included Sergey Babcock, Mike Catalano, Charlie Compono, Brooke DiSpirito, Hannah Fitzgerald, Mary Kenny, Idrees Khwaja, Carly Knopf, Justin Manzi, Tori Rufrano and Luke San Antonio.  The stage manager was Aynsley Leonardis. Evan Lautato and Colin White were in charge of the lighting. Lynch and Bolitho served as the producers.

The club’s 20th performance, the Play Scene Showcase, will take place on Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.