Read about Pen Drama students, past and present, in the news:
January, 2023: Stephanie Hsu ('08) receives her first Oscar Nomination for her outstanding performance in EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
January, 2023: Holly Gould ('14) returns to Broadway with the cast of CAMELOT, set to open at the Vivian Beaumont in April
May, 2022: Ninako Donville ('16) is cast in THE BEAUTIFUL NOISE, THE NEIL DIAMOND MUSICAL for it's pre-Broadway run.
October 2020: Kyle Ewalt's ('01) newest musical, Meet the Voyagers, is set to premiere in a fully virtual production.
March 2017: Senior Austin Kelly is a Music Center Spotlight Award Semi-finalist
December 2016: Peninsula Drama Alum, Clara Cox, set to make her National Tour Debut in 42nd Street
November 2016: Peninsula Drama's Winter Play Tackles Some Serious Social Issues
February 2016: Peninsula Drama Alum, Katie Hill, set to make her Broadway Debut in Nerds
May 2015: PVPHS Young Frankenstein scores four nominations and an invitation to the 2015 Jerry Herman Awards
September 2014: Peninsula High and Chadwick are Picked to Perform in Scotland!
Last week, Peninsula’s Drama Department joined 60 other schools at the annual California Educational Theatre Association (CETA) Festival. Each Fall, CETA sends adjudicators to see Fall productions all over Southern California, recognizing exemplary work from student performers and technicians and selecting productions to perform at their January Festival while also offering workshops and scholarships for our students.
For their work on Measure for Measure the following students and crew departments were honored by CETA for their Outstanding Theatrical Work:
Juliette Belke – Acting, James Callaghan – Stage Management & Lighting Design, Hannah Cheng – Stage Management & Costume Design, Ellie Comess-Williams – Assistant Direction, Jessica Doty – Acting, Mark Fraley – Stage Management, Alyna Han – Stage Management & Assistant Direction, Alicia Jeong – Stage Management & Assistant Direction, Paul Kerker – Acting, Alison King – Acting, Kayla Law - Stage Management & Graphic Design, Ben Leet – Acting, Colt McGuire – Acting, Iris O’Connor – Acting, Andrew Peters – Stage Management, Armon Riaz – Acting, Jihee Seo - Stage Management & Sound Design, Chloe Sohngen – Acting, Erica Tsuei – Acting, Costume Crew, Deck Crew, Lighting Crew, Sound Crew, Stage Management Team, Video Crew,
James Callaghan (Lighing Design) and Iris O’Connor (Acting) received the two Director’s Awards for outstanding dedication and accomplishment for their work on the production.
Each CETA judge selects one student total from all of the productions they saw (between 5 and 12 productions each) whose work stood out above all the others from each of the shows they saw. This year Peninsula Drama received three adjudicator awards out of 22 awarded to all of Los Angeles County. Juliette Belke – Acting, Hannah Cheng – Costume Design, Alison King - Acting
DTASC Goes Virtual Again (November, 2021)
At the Fall 2021 Drama Teachers’ Association of Southern California (DTASC) Festivals our Drama 1 Advanced students competed in the Junior Varsity Division (directed by our Drama 3/4 class) and the students in Drama 3/4 competed at the Varsity level.
At JV, Peninsula Drama had finalists in every category we entered. Final placements were Honorable Mention in Audition Monologue (Amanda Byrne, directed by Elena Fischer & Alison King; Same Scene (featuring Jonathan Herrmann, Holly Miller & Violet Neils and directed by Tiffany Arita, Stella Lenzie & Jessica Doty); We scored a 5th place trophy in the Large Open Comedy category (Giovanna Bearman, Leah Gold & Sidney Sidell, directed by Zaria Ackermann, Cheyenne Grenda & Erica Tsuei) and 4th place in Student Original Based on a News Article (Anara Cook, Elizabeth Lau & Kamara Matthews, directed by Evalynn Castro, Cole Moore & Rikki Walker). Overall we earned Honorable Mention as a finalist in Sweepstakes for overall scores across all categories.
At the Varsity festival semifinalists included: Audition Monologue (Prudence Bhattarai); Playwrights of Color (Zaria Ackermann, Elena Fischer, Maddy Magana & Soomin Sun, directed by Zaria Ackermann); Large Open Drama (Megan Cherry, Athena Crescibene, Melody Dominguez, Christian Downs, Stella Lenzie, Sydney Miller & Jack Pratley, directed by Megan Cherry & Melody Dominguez) and Large Open Comedy (Jessica Doty, Julia Doty, Emily Feigle, Cheyenne Grenda, Dontae Sheng, Amrutha Srivatsav, Erica Tsuei, Rikki Walker & Bethany Vetchtein, directed by Julia Doty). Our finalists included Honorable Mention recognition for Audition Monologue (Grecia Merino-Cornejo); Student Original Based on a News Article (Aaron Byrnes, Juliette Belke, Alison King & Trenton Sakamoto, directed by Trenton Sakamoto) and Open Musical (Tiffany Arita, James Callaghan, Stella Cortese, Colin Hassett, Gabby Hoffman, Cole Moore & Jacob Pascover). Our entry in Same Scene earned a 4th place trophy (Evalynn Castro, William Kelly & Maya Locano, directed by Maya Locano)
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Another Successful DTASC Festival for Pen Drama (November, 2020)
This last month Peninsula Drama competed in the annual Drama Teachers’ Association of Southern California (DTASC) Fall Festival and found great success. For the first time in DTASC’s 100 year history, the full competition was held virtually and our students adapted admirably.
The students in Drama 1 Advanced, directed by our Drama ¾ Advanced students, excelled at the Junior Varsity Division. We placed 4th in Group Original (Megan Conrad and Angela Hoffman, directed by Prudence Bhattarai, Trenton Sakamoto); 3rd place in Small Group Comedy (Simon Ackermann & Delaney O’Connor, directed by Evalynn Castro, Stella Cortese, Jacob Pascover, Sarena Vetchtein) and Musical (Mark Fraley, Ben Leet, Isabela Osorio, Chloe Songen, Taryn Yamato; directed by Aaron Byrnes, Annelise Espinoza, Cheyenne Grenda, Zoe O’Neil, Kylie Young); 2nd place for Large Group Drama (Sienna Funiciello, Melanie Moore, Rebecca Pegan-Goldblum, Kai Rinzler, directed by Zaria Ackermann, Tiffany Arita, Melody Dominguez, Sydney Miller, Lizzie Navarro ) and Large Group Comedy (Ashley Gomez, Angelina Lakis, Kayla Law, Andrew Peters, directed by Julia Doty, Gabby Hoffman, Katie Lewis, Cole Moore). Overall, Peninsula’s Drama Department earned 1st place in Sweepstakes, based on points earned in each category of competition. An even greater accomplishment considering we only entered half of the categories.
At the Varsity competition, Peninsula Drama’s 10th, 11th and 12th graders competed admirably.
Semi-Finalists included Audition Monologue (Soomin Sun, directed by Trenton Sakamoto), Public Domain (Elena Fischer, Bethany Vetchtein, Julia Wagner, Alexander Yu, directed by Elena Fischer & William Kelly), Small Comedy (Emma Adams, Colin Hassett, Maddy Magana, directed by Tali Fortis), Large Drama (Cassie Bautista, Michelle Lin, Grecia Merino-Cornejo, Melody Dominguez, Stella Lenzie, Lizzie Navarro, Michael Porter, Brianna Yi, directed by Melody Dominguez & Lizzie Navarro) and Musical (Aaron Byrnes, Stella Cortese, Annelise Espinoza, Cheyenne Grenda, Gabby Hoffman, Cole Moore, Zoe O’Neil, Jacob Pascover, Amrutha Srivatsav, Quinn Sullivan, directed by Kylie Young). Our team made it to the finals and earned Honorable Mention in Costumes & Makeup Design (Emily Feigle, Eden Webster & Jessica Wiemels), Graphics/Publicity Design (Juliette Belke, Heidi Brust & Taylor Cowling) and Student Original (Zaria Ackermann, Maya Locano, Jackson Pratley, directed by Prudence Bhattarai). We earned 5th place in Set & Light Design (Bridget Callaghan, Christian Downs & Alison King) and Large Group Comedy (Tiffany Arita, Evalynn Castro, Julia Doty, Tom Evans, Sharon Iporac, Katie Lewis, Sydney Miller, Shumayl Shahzad, Dontae Sheng, directed by Sarena Vetchtein); and Francesca Genato earned 4th place in the Audition Monologue category (directed by Trenton Sakamoto). Overall our Varsity group earned 5th place in Sweepstakes at the Varsity Division.
Congratulations to all of our performers and designers. All of their entries will be available to view on the Drama Department’s Vimeo page by the end of the week (November 20).
Drama Department Excels at Fall Theatre Competitions
Over the last two weeks, members of the advanced Drama classes competed with schools from all over Southern California at the annual Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Fall Festivals.
At the Varsity Division, Peninsula Drama had semi-finalists in the following categories: Technical Theatre Design – Graphics & Publicity (Aaron Byrnes, William Kelly & Jackson Pratley); A Woman’s Voice (Cassandra Bautista & Arista Mozena), African American Playwrights (Anjali Gupta & Hasti Zahedian, directed by Sarah Kay Adams), Small Open Comedy (Lucas Arico, Tom Evans, Sharon Iporac & Katie Lewis, directed by Tali Fortis), Large Open Comedy (Bree Bennett, Macey Caron, Shumayl Shahzad & Brandon Weiner) and Open Musical (Anna Alaga, Annelise Espinoza, Michael Porter, Sarah Snow, Quinn Sullivan, Maili Tom, Brianna Yi & Kylie Young [director]). Three of our competition groups reached the finals, with Honorable Mention going to Technical Theatre Design – Costumes & Makeup (Zaria Ackerman, Jenny Cantu, Stella Cortese & Melody Dominguez) and Technical Theatre Design - Sets & Lights (Prudence Bhattarai, Colin Hassett, Trenton Sakamoto & Dontae Sheng). 4th place was earned by our entry in the Large Open Drama category (Emma Cool, Francesca Genato, Michelle Lin, Ley’ah McClain, Alexander Yu, directed by Gigi Moreno).
At the Junior Varsity competition, all of our entries reached the final round.
5th Place – Small Open Comedy (Irene Oh, Nani Vierra-Lambert & Jessica Wiemels; directed by Katie Lewis and Sarah Kay Adams); 4th Place – Large Open Comedy (Juliette Belke, Heidi Brust, Bridget Callaghan, Erica Tsuei & Rikki Walker; directed by Arista Mozena, Sarah Snow & Brandon Weiner); 4th Place – Large Open Drama (Bella Colton, Taylor Cowling, Michelle Dardon, Jessica Doty & Eden Webster; Directed by Lucas Arico & Gigi Moreno)
2nd Place – A Woman’s Voice (Dominic Ebilane & Allison King; Directed by Emma Cool & Kylie Young). Overall, PV Peninsula placed 6th in Sweepstakes, thanks to the strong showing from all of their groups, despite competing against schools who were entered in at least seven of the nine competition categories at the Junior Varsity Division.
An exciting Fall competition season comes to a close for Peninsula Drama, and they are looking forward to continued success at April’s DTASC Shakespeare Festivals.
CETA 2019 (January 28, 2019)
Kudos to the Peninsula High Drama students that attended the California Educational Theatre Associations' Southern High School Theater Festival in Fullerton.
The three day weekend festival offers a variety of events for theater students from all over California including workshops led by professionals in the industry.
Students enjoyed several performances and took advantage of the wide variety of theater opportunities. Congratulations to Peninsula High senior, Rachel Edelstein on earning one of five senior scholarships awarded during the weekend among 96 auditioners. Peninsula Drama also earned 2nd place in the Film Trailer competition for their entry from She Kills Monsters (Produced by Chloe Green, Sydney Miller & Kaito Suzuki).
Many other students involved in our Fall productions also earned Certificates of Merit from CETA Adjudicators for their efforts:
For Girls Like That:
DTASC, Fall 2018 (November 6, 2018)
This past weekend wrapped up a successful Fall competition season for Peninsula Drama where they entered the Drama Teacher’s Association of Southern California’s (DTASC) 77th Annual Fall Festival.
At the DTASC Varsity Division, competing against 67 other high schools, Peninsula Drama’s Drama 3/4 Advanced students reached the semi-finals in all acting categories. Our lone finalist entry, Rachel Edelstein, earned 5th place out of 101 entries in the Audition Monologue category .
Our 9th graders in Drama I Advanced (directed by members of Drama 3/4) competed against 30 other schools at the Junior Varsity competition and had an amazing day! All of our groups made the final round and brought home some hardware. The results:
Honorable Mention for: Small Group Drama (Emma Adams & Viviana Hilario; directed by: Tess Rivera) and Large Group Drama (Stella Lenzie, Sydney Miller & Kourney Williams; directed by Garrett Moore & Gigi Moreno). 3rd place for: Large Group Comedy (Prudence Bhattarai, Colin Hassett, Jackson Pratley, Dontae Sheng & Amrutha Srivatsav; directed by Sarah Adams and Sophia Molino) and Musical (Tiffany Arita, Aaron Byrnes, Stella Cortese, Melody Dominguez, Cheyenne Grenda, Gabby Hoffman, Maya Locano & Cole Moore; Directed by Emma Cool, Ley’ah McClain & Sarah Snow). 2nd Place for: Audition Monologue (Kyra Kaya, directed by: Saffy Laurio & Sarah Vakil) and Student Original (Evalynn Castro, Elena Fischer, Will Kelly & Jacob Pascover; Directed by Shioka Chetanna & Blue Martinez). And First place was earned by Audition Monologue (Maddy Magana, directed by: Saffy Laurio & Sarah Vakil) and Small Group Comedy (Zaria Ackerman, Sagan Barbour, Julia Doty & Sarena Vetchtein; Directed by Maddie Ness & Hasti Zahedian)
All of that individual and group success added up as Peninsula High School took home 1st place in Sweepstakes, based on points accumulated in all categories throughout the day. Congratulations to our competitors at both divisions.