by Joaquin Medrano, Managing Editor
The Saint John Bosco Theater Department along with Saint Joseph High School are pleased to present Working, the inspirational musical about the lives and experiences of hard-working Americans. The virtual play begins streaming Friday, April 16th and runs until Sunday, April 25th.
For the senior class, Working is an important show, as it will be the last show of their high school careers on the Saint John Bosco stage. Ending their season with a musical about the adventures and life of the American working class is a great way to segue into what someday may become their future, while enjoying their last moments of their high school years.
Saint Joseph senior and theater veteran, Victoria Martins, who plans to go to college and major in theater, wants to cherish and enjoy her last moments on a high school stage.
“I think there is something so magical about being on stage and performing live,” Victoria said. “Knowing that anything could happen at any moment and you just have to keep going is such a rush, and I love it!”
For many of the seniors, letting go of the Bosco stage is extremely hard, as it has been their comfort zone for the last four years of their lives. Bosco senior Parker Deaton feels particularly saddened to leave such a place where he was able to cultivate some of his greatest moments as a Brave.
“This being my last show is bittersweet. I’m sad to leave this theater department, but I’m glad for all the good memories I’ve made and because I grew as an actor in this place,” Parker said.
For people looking to be a part of a team where they can explore all their potential, theater is an amazing opportunity to discover hidden talents. The great privilege of being part of a community like that of the Bosco Theater Department is that it is welcoming of anyone trying to find who they really are.
Theater, for many, is a door that opens the possibility of being who they are truly meant to be. It is a space that people can enjoy and be grateful about what opportunities they have. And being able to put on a production in the midst of a pandemic is a privilege not many people have.
Saint Joseph senior Lola Powell is happy to be able to tell a story on stage for the eleventh time in her high school career and change the ordinary life of people for even just a couple hours.
“People should do theater during these times because theater brings many people joy and happiness; being able to entertain people on stage is one of the most fulfilling feelings,” said Lola.
Working is a musical that will teach valuable lessons to anyone who is a part of the show, whether as an audience member or as a performer. The different characters the actors portray, the different mindsets that people will encounter in life as well as the different struggles that life brings are truly lessons that anyone can carry for the rest of their lives.
If you are looking for a great way to end your week and relax for a little bit before being hit with reality, supporting the Bosco theater department and their sisters at St. Joseph’s is a great way to forget about any of your worries.
Support the arts; help to keep them stay alive; and let the hopes and dreams of many talented people shine through and do what they love most. Get your tickets here.