Her Majesty’s Theater Focuses on Community

Choir and poetry performed pieces that represented the unifying theme.

Ava Stoltz, News & Sports Section Editor

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  • Junior Lilly Denney grabs a cookie during the community feast at Her Majesty’s Theater Oct. 15. The feast was one of the activities whose purpose was to increase audience interaction and foster a community atmosphere, according to Visual and Performing Arts teacher Elizabeth Mulkey.

  • Seniors Gwyn Powell and Tess Prusa decorate zentangle squares to put on the community zentangle quilt during the first break of Her Majesty’s Theater Oct. 15. The quilt was one of the activities whose purpose was to increase audience interaction and foster a community atmosphere, according to Visual and Performing Arts teacher Elizabeth Mulkey.

  • Junior Emma Hutchin practices her song before her piece at Her Majesty’s Theater Oct. 15. The performance included poetry recitations, choir performances and musical pieces.

  • Freshmen Lydia Poe and Elizabeth Nordhus work on the soundboard for Her Majesty’s Theater Oct. 15. Both are members of AV club and were training on the sound equipment.

  • Junior Inaya Khan recites poetry at Her Majesty’s Theater Oct. 15. The theme for the night was community which was reflected in the poetry selections.

  • Sophomore Grace Steyer gets help from junior Ceresa Munjak-Khoury on the rhythm before their performance at Her Majesty’s Theater Oct. 15. The theme for the night was community.

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Petit and Grand Choeur performed Monday night Oct. 15  along with other artistic performances in the gym for the sixth annual Her Majesty’s Theatre with this year’s theme of a Community of Dreamers, Voices and Believers.

Visual and Performing Arts teacher Elizabeth Mulkey selected the theme of community to help bring the audience and the performers together. The theme included the different sections within community to bring up the different aspects Mulkey wanted the audience to focus on.

“I felt like in our world right now we are so divided,” Mulkey said.  “I wanted to show how tied together we are, and so that was my concept for the theme this year.”

The performance consisted of both choirs performing pieces that fit into the different sections of the themes of community. These pieces included “Dreams,” “Run Away” and “I Thank You God.” In between the sections there were five minute breaks so the audience could participate in various activities. The activities included a community zentangle quilt and a community feast of cookies. The zentangle quilt was made up of small squares of paper that were decorated by the audience and pinned to a board next to each other so they made a collective art piece.

“I really liked the flow of it,” junior Peyton Wade said. “The community-based activities were really unique and added a cool part to the show.”

For the final song, the choirs invited the audience to form a circle with them to sing together. Mulkey said she chose the sing along to help further promote the theme of community and really get the audience involved in a unique way.

“I wanted to do something that we could all sing along with something that would be easy to learn,” Mulkey said. “So that was that piece of that community. We had the community art, community meal, and then that community music.”

The show also included poetry read by students to fit with the themes. These poems included “Note to Self: What it Means to Be a Woman,” and “To My Sister” read by junior Inaya Khan and “Eating Poetry” read by freshman Olivia Mancina. This was Khan’s first year performing in Her Majesty’s Theatre and she said she is looking forward to performing in it next year.

“I think [poetry] shares more emotion because it’s another person standing up there talking about whatever she chooses,” Khan said. “ It conveys what’s probably most important with her voice”