by Kelly Webber
The fourth annual May-Hem, a student-run talent showcase, was held May 10 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. This event provided students with an opportunity to display their talents in addition to raising money for the theater department.
The event featured performances by students, including an original song, “Always Have Faith,” by freshman Brittney Tiffault, recurring comedy bits from junior Emcee John Ajodah and a group finale of “Lean On Me.” There were a total of 35 student performances.
Drama Teacher and Adviser Mr. Daniel Devlin said: “I thought it was very well done. It’s great to see the talent both onstage and backstage.”
May-Hem differs from other productions offered by the theater department because “there’s no specific plot or theme, and anyone can be a part of it,” said Student Adviser junior Lauren Echausse, who helped organize the event.
Freshman Claudia Dougherty said, “Rehearsing for a showcase like May-Hem is challenging because it is up to [the students] to make all the decisions, unlike having a director there to give instructions.”
Since anyone can get involved with May-Hem, familiar performers in the Theater Department were accompanied by new talent. Freshman Luke Altman made his debut in stand-up comedy with his monologue describing “the most eventful meal of his life” enjoyed at Vicki’s Diner.
According to Echausse, May-Hem’s accessibility allows students who wouldn’t otherwise perform to break out of their shells. She said, “Sometimes the quietest kids have the biggest, most fun numbers.”
According to Devlin, May-Hem is an important part of the theater calendar because the cast and crew do it all by themselves from performing onstage to sets and lighting. Said Devlin, “They learn about everything that goes into putting on a show.”
For example, senior Set Designer Hannah MacKenzie said the backdrop of the stage embraced the theme of mayhem and chaos with a variety of shapes and colors, creating a stained glass effect.
All proceeds from ticket sales went to the theater department. In a continued attempt to raise funds, attendees of May-Hem received vouchers for the Westfield Diner, which allow 15 percent of each bill to go toward the theater department.