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On Stage At Langley

Fall schedule includes:

* Oct. 26, 8 p.m., Retro Coffee House performance

* Oct. 29, 8 p.m., VTA Contest Plays Showcase

* Nov. 21, 22, 23, 7:30 p.m., Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night "

Langley Drama: From Shakespeare to Improv

The fall production for the Langley High School theater department is Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," adding a Star Wars theme to the Bard's classic comedy.

SPECIAL EVENTS

The Langley Improv Team meets every week to prepare for "Who's Line is it Anyway?"-style competitions.

Another aspect of Langley drama is the "Brown Bag Theatre," in which theater students perform sketches, monologues, and improv in the auditorium during the lunch periods. All students are invited to eat their lunches in the auditorium that afternoon as they watch the performances.

A "Retro Coffee House," a special showcase of the theater department's talent, is open to the general public. Coffee, drinks, and desserts are served by the performers.

VTA Theatre 3 and 4 students have the opportunity once again this year to attend the Virginia Theatre Association's state competition in Richmond the weekend of Nov. 3. The students will bring one-act plays and compete with other high schools from around the state for various awards. These plays will be presented for public viewing prior to the competition.

N.Y. TRIP

To complete the semester, the theater department will take its annual field trip to the Big Apple in mid-December to see several shows including "Hairspray" on Broadway, and also attend professional workshops and seminars.

SENSEMAYÁ

Last spring, nine Langley theater students had the opportunity to rehearse and perform with Rincones and Company Dance Theatre, a professional dance company that performs throughout the D.C. area. The program was part of an outreach conducted by the company, and it incorporated students from four high schools: Crossland High, the Lab School, Anacostia Senior High, and Langley. Students were selected and went through intensive training and rehearsal, culminating in two performances with Rincones and Company at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center and at the Lincoln Center in Washington, D.C. Students performed along with the professional dancers in an eight-minute dance entitled "Sensemayá," a piece about individuality. The Langley students involved were Sahar Ahmed, Emily Cincotta, Lexy Gutierrez, Sofia Nordgren, Lauren Reisig, Taylor Rubin, Nazly Shafagati, Ammar Shallal, and Lindsay Tanner.