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And Troupe 33 “dances real slow” to states

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Troupe 33 celebrating after a second place win at states. Photo provided by Kyle Kiesler.

Troupe 33 celebrating after a second place win at states. Photo provided by Kyle Kiesler.

Troupe 33 celebrating after a second place win at states. Photo provided by Kyle Kiesler.

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As the lights shine brightly on the stage and the audience begins to fill with silence, Troupe 33 works hard to prepare for their upcoming states festival this year.

Theater is not all fun and games as one would assume. But, for the cast of And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson for the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association (MIPA), there is a little more work put into it.

“It is honestly very difficult, heavy content,” Courtnee Delph ‘20 said. “We practice Monday through Thursday after school until five. The day of the performances, we must wake up early and help load the truck that takes the set. But I like it a lot, Mr. Johnson really allows us to be independent and let us figure things out for ourselves. I am part of the light crew, so my biggest worry is that we run a cable or plug something in wrong.”

It is not only stressful for the technical team but the actors as well. The amount of memorization and preparation to put on a good show is a lot. There are still members who take their work home with them.

“Even when I am at home, I am constantly thinking about theater,” Mason Gaida ‘19 said. “I am an actor in the show, and for me this is the biggest show I have ever been in. Every show matters because you must do [well] to move up to the next level. If you mess something up, then there is a chance you will not get to move on.”

Though the members of the Titan Theater Troupe put a lot of hard work in as individuals, there is a lot of work that is also put in from the theater director for MIFA.

“We began working on this during the summer,” Mark Johnson, Theater teacher said. “We pick the script over the summer and form the company before Thanksgiving. Every single skill to put on a good show is needed. That is why we have 41 people, everyone provides a different skill. This festival is important because it is what they see of Stevenson. These people do not get to see our football team or other sports teams, we are all they see.”

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