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Stevenson students to spoof movies during comedy show

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published October 28, 2015

 Stevenson junior Lucy Rhoades sings “Something Wonderful,” from “The King and I,” for her Michigan Thespian Festival audition.

Stevenson junior Lucy Rhoades sings “Something Wonderful,” from “The King and I,” for her Michigan Thespian Festival audition.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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Stevenson High School students aren’t joking about a couple of nights of comedy, laughs and talent this November.

The school will host “A Night of Comedy … Mostly” Nov. 6 and 7. According to Stevenson staff, the nights are designed to exhibit creativity. Students from the school’s Titan Theater Troupe will put together comedic skits and showcase displays of acting, singing and dancing.

Overall, about 100 Stevenson students will be getting involved, according to Stevenson drama teacher and director Mark Johnson.

“It’s all done by the students,” he said. “I just kind of manage it. This show, I just sit back. It’s their project.”

Johnson said the evenings will mix together two different concepts. The first concept will present humorous skits based on popular movies.

“We’ve got a number of the seniors putting in proposals for different movies,” he said. “They basically get 10 minutes to re-enact an entire movie.”

Johnson said several movies, including “Jaws” and “Titanic,” will be represented during the show.

A portion of the evening will display the acting, dancing and singing skills of the students. Some performances will also give the audience a sample of what students will do when they compete in upcoming theatrical competitions, he said.

Stevenson senior Ethan Tolentino said he will be acting in the role of Owen in a nine-minute-long “Jurassic World” skit.

“The comedy really comes in the dramatic scenes being condensed in such a short period of time,” he said.
“We’re just loud and crazy, and it’s fun.”

Another senior, Victoria Smilnak, said she is directing the “Jaws” skit and is taking the dramatic parts and making them “completely ridiculous.”

“The shark is a sock puppet,” she explained.

Smilnak said Stevenson started doing a comedy night event around two years ago, and it has since become a fall tradition. However, she said the movie theme is a new addition, and she approved of the decision to incorporate it into the event.

“This is hopefully what it’s going to be like for the future,” she said.

The Titan Theater Troupe’s “A Night of Comedy … Mostly” will start at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7 at Stevenson High School, 39701 Dodge Park Road in Sterling Heights. General admission tickets cost $7, and tickets will be sold at the door. Learn more by visiting  www.titantheatertroupe.weebly.com or by calling (586) 797-2076.

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