Bishop Ireton Drama Club is hosting its second annual fund-raising Magic Show on Oct. 12, featuring professional magicians from the Washington D.C. area. Last year's success allowed the club to donate $1,000 to the The Haitian Project which funds the education of gifted underprivileged Haitian children.
Performances begin at 7:30 at the school, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria. These magicians perform regularly at the National Press Club. All tickets are sold at the door on the evening of the performance. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students/seniors/Bishop Ireton alumni, and $20 family tickets can be purchased at the door. A free reception follows to enable the audience to meet the magicians and see some close-up, table magic.
The Improv Team, led by junior, Danny Scully, is holding a workshop in October to prepare the team for an active year of competition. Junior Kerry Stinson will lead the Cappie reviewers in another season of critiquing local high school plays. The Drama Club president, senior Emily Estorga, has initiated an audition seminar to help put new participants at ease when auditioning for upcoming shows.
"The Diary of Ann Frank", Ireton's Cappie show, opens Nov. 15.
The award-winning Bishop Ireton Technical Crew (Best Props and Best Crew — "Barnum" June 2002) is busy working evenings and weekends on the set for "Ann Frank." Gai Chu, vice president of the technical crew, said that the elaborate multi-storied set is being designed and built solely by the students under the direction of technical director Kevin Curry and assistant Bill Molino, both Ireton alumni.
The Theatre Department receives much support from its administration and teachers, and is supported by its principal, the Rev. Kevin Nadolski. Teacher Terry Strub offers a new course, costume history and design, which meets evenings and weekends. Joanna Henry, an Ireton English and drama teacher, directs the productions. The students will be performing "The Diary of Ann Frank" this fall, and "The King and I" for their spring musical.