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Marni McDowell

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The College Chase
December 16, 2018
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High School Horror Story

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It was a cold November night when the students of Xavier shivered their way into the commons. The greeters smiled behind grim face paint and welcomed all into the cobweb-filled setting. Fog crept from underneath the stage and ominous music set the tone for the actors to enter. This was truly a High School Horror Story.

But what exactly did the night entail? Well, as a way of promoting the talents of Xavier’s Drama Club, this student-led production included three gruesome horror stories performed by the club members themselves. Isabela DePalatis, a senior at Xavier, was one of the main members who helped create and execute the event. “Along with Val Cardamaro and Alex Braunschweiger, we held rehearsals every week at lunch for about two weeks leading up to the performance.” The work put into High School Horror Nights required a lot of time and effort, but the dedication shown by these students made for an amazing night.

Part of the reason why the event was exciting was the setting. The stage was uniquely placed in the middle of the audience, with chairs on all four sides. This aspect allowed for different perspectives of the same performance. After interviewing audience member Caelan Fraschetti, who sat on the far left side of the stage, one student viewpoint became clear. “I first heard about High School Horror Story from the YouTube video created for our house meetings back in September. I remember thinking it was kind of odd, but I was really intrigued.” The promotion video to which he referred included a spooky soundtrack and information meant to increase the hype for the event, an effort that boosted attendance. Caelan was excited to attend, even though he wasn’t sure what to expect. Upon entering, he was captivated by the atmosphere. The cobwebs and fog created the perfect setting for him to fully enjoy every story told. When Caelan gave his final thoughts he stated, “The whole event was very well done, and all of the performances were impressive!”.

Overall, Xavier’s first High School Horror Story was a success. I personally found the event to be exciting and spooky enough to live up to its name. Each actor was committed to their role in the performance and demonstrated a connection to each story. Although I will be graduating soon, I hope this event will become an annual tradition at Xavier.

 

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I am currently a senior at Xavier and the captain of Varsity Girls Tennis.  My greatest accomplishment on the team was when my doubles partner and I finished...

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