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CET Starts the Year Strong

Over the first month of school CET announced crew positions, held auditions, announced casting roles and rehearsed for their fall play “Museum.”
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Hannah L. Rubenstein
Robin Sickman-Garner is the co-crewhead for the costumes crew this show. She has been on the costumes crew since the beginning of her freshman year. “I love being on costumes crew,” Sickman-Garner said. “Everyone has unique ideas that as a group we are able to bring together to create a cohesive vision.”

CET Director, Emily Wil- son-Tobin, auditioned the larg- est cast she has seen for Com- munity Ensemble Theatre’s (CET) fall play, “Museum”— breaking a record.

Exactly 42 new and experi- enced actors from AAPS high schools showed up to auditions on Tuesday, Sept. 12 and Thurs- day, Sept. 14 to fill the spots of 40 different characters. Howev- er, CET strives to include every- one, leading Wilson-Tobin to add in two extra roles, ensuring that everyone could participate.

“The play allows a large num- ber of performers to explore interesting characters, there is truly no ‘lead’ role,” Wilson-To- bin said.

Over the first month of school, CET announced crew positions, held auditions, an- nounced casting roles and re- hearsed for their fall play “Mu- seum.”

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, 12 out of the 17 crew leaders met to discuss crew positions. Crew positions were then later an- nounced on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Leila Bank is playing the role of Barbra Castle in “Museum.” During the first month of CET, she has been able to feel out who her character is. “I based my character off of Mrs. Darbus from High School Musical,” Bank said, “So, it was easier for me to envision her as a real person with character traits aside from what I know.” (Luca Hinesman)

“Finding out I was stage man- ager, I was overjoyed and thank- ful,” Parker Haymart said. “I excitedly thought of all cues to be called and blocking notes to be made for ‘Museum.’”

“I’ve had an absolute blast with acting, and I’ve always wanted to step on stage into the spotlight, but I also have al- ways been curious about crew,” Bee Whalen said. “Working on props sounds like the perfect match for me, since I really like working on art, whether it be sculpting or painting. I think being on crew will be a really great memory I’ll be able to re- member in the future.”

In preparation for auditions,

each actor was required to pre- pare a section from the script, or a monologue that the direc- tor previously gathered.

Assistant stage manager, Mal- lory Towers, was sitting outside of the theater, assisting actors before their auditions.

“I would tell someone think- ing about auditioning to not worry – don’t stress over it – because no matter how you do, you’re going to get a part and you’re going to be able to be a part of this fun experience,” Towers said.

Even with the comfort of a promised role, emotions were everywhere for returning mem- ber of CET, Mathias Tackas.

“Being nervous is something that I have gotten used to after a while because I’m a junior and I’ve been doing this for three years– I haven’t skipped a show,” Tackas said. “It’s kind of conditioned, I know that it is coming.”

Sophomore, Malcolm Lon- don, was beyond excited.

“I already know how it works, so I can continue on from last year, instead of having to re- learn everything,” London said.

London started off freshman year being cast as one of the Blind Men in “The Visit” and starring in “Cabaret” as Cliff Bradshaw.

Rosie Matish, freshman, was feeling nervous as well, even though they have an older sister who participated in CET in the past.

“This was my first real high school audition, but I felt a lot less nervous knowing a lot of people have done this before,” Matish said. “During auditions my mind went blank but I think it still went well.”

Both days of auditions ended at 5:30 p.m. Wilson-Tobin an-

Photography by Hannah Rubenstein

Robin Sickman-Garner is the co-crewhead for the costumes crew this show. She has been on the costumes crew since the beginning of her freshman year. “I love being on costumes crew,” Sickman-Garner said. “Everyone has unique ideas that as a group we are able to bring together to create a cohesive vision.”

Photography by Luca Hinesman

Leila Bank is playing the role of Barbra Castle in “Museum.” During the first month of CET, she has been able to feel out who her character is. “I based my character off of Mrs. Darbus from High School Musical,” Bank said, “So, it was easier for me to envision her as a real person with character traits aside from what I know.”

nounced that call backs may or may not happen and she would let them know by Thursday night.

“A number of factors went into the decision about call- backs. I have already been con- sidering whether or not they’d be necessary because there are so many roles and the casting is

so flexible,” Wilson-Tobin said. The cast list was then an- nounced at 7 p.m. on Saturday,

Sept. 16.
CET is ready to start rehears-

als and crew meetings in prepa- ration for their shows perform- ing from Thursday, Nov. 16, thru Sunday, Nov. 19.

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Hannah L. Rubenstein, CET Specialist/Journalist
Hannah Rubenstein is a senior at Community High School. This is her third year on the Communicator staff and second year in her position as CET Specialist Journalist. Aside from journalism, Hannah enjoys stage managing and photographing for jGirls+ Magazine. Her goal for this year is to spend less money at Sweetwaters.
Ionie Steudle, Journalist
Ionie Steudle is a Junior at Community High School and this is her first semester on the yearbook staff. She enjoys sewing new clothes out of old ones, doing theater, talking to friends, ripping her closet apart to try to find an outfit to wear, and playing the guitar. She is also very fond of any and all animals (so keep your pets hidden…). Ionie can not wait for the weather to start changing, and finally be able to drink hot coffee
Luca Hinesman, Journalist
Luca Hinesman is currently a Sophomore at Community High School and a believer in buying expensive coffees. When not in CET rehearsals or mock trial practices, you can find them reading books about revenge, catching up on homework, or hanging out with friends. Luca is currently in their first semester with The Communicator and is excited to contribute their ideas this year!
Janaki Nallamothu, Journalist
Janaki Nallamothu is a sophomore at CHS. This is her first semester on staff and she's super excited. Outside of school, Janaki loves playing tennis, taking her dog on walks, baking, and playing the violin. Janaki can't wait to start her journalism journey at the Communicator.

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