By Reggia Sabadosa
Last Modified: Apr 4, 2013 11:18AM I had heard through the “mom grapevine” that the Reavis High School Drama Club had been doing some amazing things lately. We moms love to hear about and applaud the kids’ successes, so I got on the story.
I learned that the Reavis club was involved in several different projects. The CRAST group (Company of Reavis Actors and Stage Techs) presented “Golden Silence & Silver Linings” during its public performance night March 14 at the Burbank school.
Only a few days earlier, the same students competed at Richards High School in Oak Lawn in the Drama and Group Interpretation SSC (South Suburban Conference) Festival, where the Reavis club won the “Techcellence” award for outstanding tech along with an overall superior rating.
Reavis’ contest play, “Children of a Lesser God,” by Mark Medoff, took home every award possible for both acting and tech. Those awards included all-conference honors for every actor in the show (Konrad Galica, Kassy DeGrado, Jonathan Morsovillo, Lisa Frustaci, Jake Swiec, Sara Witasik, and Jill Erin). Their group interpretation, “The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green, earned an excellent rating with four all-conference cast members (Kassy DeGrado, Adam Sikorski, Konrad Galica, and Jonathan Morsovillo).
At the Illinois High School Association sectionals on March 16, also held at Richards, the Reavis Drama Club took second place in the group interpretation and contest play categories and combined for seven all-sectional cast medals. These went to Kassy DeGrado (GI & CP), Jon Morsovillo (GI & CP), Konrad Galica (GI & CP), and Lisa Frustaci (GI).
Their achievement earned them the chance to compete March 22-23 at the IHSA finals in Springfield, where they placed first in group interpretation and second in contest play.
Before the group’s trip to the finals, I contacted several of the drama club members to get their input on what it all meant to them.
Galica, 16, is both an actor and a techie, who said he joined the club because “I wanted to break my stage fright. Drama has taught me not to be afraid to take risks.”
Witasik has been an active member of the club for three years. As a junior, she’s now secretary for the Thespian Troupe and first got interested in acting when she was quite young. She said her mom would take her to Reavis to see the student musicals.
“I thought those kids were so cool and always wanted to be just like them and have as much fun on that stage as they did,” Witasik said.
Ramey Abudayyeh shared insights about his experience.
“The thing that impresses me the most is how hard everyone works and how intimately we get to know each other,” Abudayyeh said. “I learned how to keep everything in my life moving. Don’t let one negative event ruin my mood or my whole day. Fix it and move on.”
Anna Blum, a junior, followed her sister’s footsteps and joined the drama club as soon as she started high school. She’s now an assistant technical director and proud of that fact that she now knows “how to use power tools and how to fix things.”
Kudos also go out to Reavis’ dedicated coaches and directors — Dennis Anastasopoulos (Mr. A), Erika Banick, Carmel DeStefano (Miss D), Christine Haines, Tom Witting and Michelle Host. Thanks also to Chuck Meyer for his expertise in building the set.
Celebrating their state victory, Reavis’ CRAST put on an encore performance of their state champion group interpretation, “The Fault in Our Stars” and runner-up contest play, “Children of a Lesser God” on March 28. It proved to be a great farewell to a truly amazing season.
Reavis CRAST member Delaney Collura, a sophomore, shared with me that the group interpretation has been a competition since 1974, and this was the first time Reavis took the state title in the category. As for the contest play competition, which has been held since 1941, Reavis has placed first two times over the years.
Also a part of CRAST but not mentioned above are Kelly Carson, Hazel Lancaster, Augustus Waters, Kayla Carson, Ashley Diaz, Faith Stepuncik, Paige Franson, Brianne Mazurek, Nicole Shepherd, Holly Melendy, David Galica, Kim Kreil, Gary Galindo, Christine Hoekstra, Hannah Misner, Meghan Keane, Marissa Lopez, Elizabeth Burton, Michael Cervantes, Lessly Galindo, Emilia Lungu, Jordyn O’Shaughnessy, Caitlin Ruehle, Savannah Smerz, Ailis Vaughan, Gail Bragg, Gaby Carrillo, Adam Diaz, Natalia Dziarski, Amanda Gilliland, Meghan Roeh, Bradley Sarmiento, Chris Taraszka and Jonathan Zamora.
Congrats on your outstanding season, Reavis High School Drama Club!