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Hopi High Drama Club performs 'Just Another High School Play'

BriAnn “Boo Boo” Laban played the keyboard for the show (Photo by Stan Bindell/NHO).

BriAnn “Boo Boo” Laban played the keyboard for the show (Photo by Stan Bindell/NHO).

POLACCA-Hopi High School's Drama Club performed "Just Another High School Play" in two acts Dec. 5.

The plot was about a drama teacher who is missing because her assistant wants to be in charge so he hides her in his trunk. This results in nobody showing up for the rehearsals as the students improvise and put several plays into one.

Parts from Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof, Scrooge and Shakespeare were reflected in this comedy.

Chelsea Nevayaktewa, who played several roles, said the play was "funnier than we thought."

"During rehearsals we messed around, but it came out better than we thought," she said. She is the daughter of Alfreda Poleahla and resides in Polacca.

Nevayaktewa said Hootsi Honyumptewa, Jake Yazzie and Leandra Calnimptewa were the standouts in the play, especially when Calnimptewa performed a rap number.

"It was fun so I'd like to do another comedy," she said.

This is Nevayaktewa's first time in drama, but she is considering taking drama classes in college. She is planning to attend Ft. Lewis College, Arizona State University or Eastern Arizona College to major in sports medicine.

Nevayaktewa is also part of Hopi High's spirtline. At the Tuba City game, the cheerleaders performed a routine for the Tuba City cheerleaders and then introduced themselves. Then at halftime, they performed a dance number to Michael Jackson's "Moonwalk."

In the first act, the characters were: male thespian played by Colton Koinva; female thespian played by Leandra Calnimptewa; Tom, played by Jake Yazzie; Carrie, played by Ashley Dawasevaya; Hamlet, played by Marshall Johnson; Marlowe, played by Francine Sisto; William Shakespeare, played by Jasmine Poola; Barkeep, played by Germaine Pedro; Grad Student, played by Joycelyn Hughte; Male, played by Germaine Pedro; Female, played by Nathania Silas; and Extra, played by Colton Koinva.

The costume/props workers included Marissa Kallestewa, Alyssa Lomatewama, Faith Gonnie and Angelena Hawee.

Santana Honanie served as the announcer. Nevayaktewa was the stage manager, Hootsi Honyumptewa was the assistant director and J'Mal Lomakema served as the narrator.

In the second act, the characters were: Scrooge, played by Leah Calnimptewa; Ghost, played by Colton Koinva; Tiny Tim, played by Nathania Silas; Romeo, played by Desiree Torivio; Juliet, played by Danisha Polacca; Thumb 1, played by Faith Gonnie; Thumb 2, played by Jocelyn Sahneyah; Mercutio, played by Hootsi Honyumptewa; Paris, played by Chelsea Nevayaktewa; Tybalt, played by Germaine Pedro; Sign Carrier, played by Joycelyn Hughte; Nurse, played by Percelia Batala; Rabbie Laurence, played by Nona Edelson; Carrie, played by Ashley Dawasevaya; Tom, played by Marshall Johnson; Noel, played by Percelia Batala; Teena, played by J'Mal Lomakema; Craig, played by Colton Koinva; Logan, played by Chelsea Nevayaktewa; and Police Officer, played by Coretta Poocha.

Snow Josytewa served as the stage manager; BriAnn Laban was the assistant director and Jasmine Poola served as the narrator.

Marshall Johnson was the main stage manager and Nona Edelson was the teacher/director.

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