District 120 school notes
Mundelein High School's Future Business Leaders of America.
Updated: January 14, 2013 2:30PM
Fall production of Shakespeare
Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare’s famous love story, will be performed this fall on the stage at Mundelein High School. A cast of 26 will bring the classic to life today at 3:45 p.m. and this evening at 7 p.m., and on Nov. 16 and 17, at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. Ticket prices are a recommended donation of $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the evening of the performances.
The set, lights and costumes for the show are patterned after the original Elizabethan productions, but the language and music will reflect a more modern feel. “We need to make the language accessible for our audience. It will be a very American style production – no bad British accents,” Meier said.
Celebrating the one-year anniversary of his family moving to Mundelein from Mexico, Oscar Rodrigo Araiza Bravo, a junior, plays the role of Romeo. “My English has been improving over the last year, but in playing Romeo, I have really had to work hard to make sure that all the words come out the right way,” he said. “We have all put in many hours analyzing the text and making sure we are making sense of everything.”
Emma Morton, a sophomore who plays Juliet, agrees. “Shakespeare gives you everything you need in the text. It is just a question of knowing how to find it.”
Other cast members include Elise Campbell, Shannon Doering, Stephen Ferro, Rylee Freeman, Diego Hernandez, Nicole Hernandez, Kelsey Hoffmeyer, Walter Kasmer, Natalie Lawrence, Jacob Meier, Mallory Mellon, Chamaya Moody, Marisa Nuzzo, Jonathan Olk, Jaryd Pacis, Angela Peterson, Sarah Peterson, Troy Peterson, Sydney Salit, Evan Saunders, Nicole Schaen, Emily Serby, Haggai Simon and Maya St. Clair.
Sara Gunther is the Set/Light Designer, David Mork is Set Designer and Adam Cabrera is the Stage Manager.
Food and fine arts drive
Mundelein High School’s performance groups including theatre, choirs, bands and Orchesis have teamed with National Honor Society members to collect what they hope will be record numbers of non-perishable goods as part of their “Food and Fine Arts” drive. The drive is being coordinated by MHS Senior, Dan Szoke, a member of both band and NHS.
Patrons of fine arts events will be asked to bring canned goods and other non-perishables as they come for various fine arts events between now and the end of the year. Most MHS fine arts events are free.
Upcoming events that will be accepting goods for admission include: Fall Play, Romeo & Juliet, Nov.15, 16 and 17; Winter Band Concert, Dec. 6; Holiday Choir Concert, Dec. 13; Orchesis Show, Dec. 17; and a Theatre Holiday Extravaganza, Dec. 21.
Patrons of these events may also make monetary donations which will be used for the same cause.
All donations will be delivered to the Lake County Food Pantry and the conclusion of the drive.
Future business leaders
Mundelein High School’s Future Business Leaders of America [FBLA] organization sent 104 students to the FBLA Fall Leadership Conference held in Indianapolis recently. MHS comprised about one in 10 members in attendance who took part in conference sessions about leadership, technology, communications, business etiquette, ACT preparation and other current topics.
The Mundelein students also were recognized for their March of Dimes fundraiser, where FBLA teamed with the Marching Mustangs to raise more than $1,700 to help prevent premature births.
FBLA is the largest student business organization in the world. Members run the Mustang Spirit Store, complete volunteerism projects and compete in academic events.