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Faces of Freedom effectively shines light on timely topics

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VIC WILKINSON and CLAIRE OERTLY

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Roseville High Theatre Company’s one-act production of Faces of Freedom was full of emotion and representation of the true beat of America.

Featuring stories from all different backgrounds, Faces of Freedom allowed drama students to take on the persona of immigrants and display hardships they endured coming to America.

Before the play itself began, drama students were able to put on their own production of a scene of their choosing from various different plays and singing pieces. Each of the scenes perfectly displayed the student’s talents as well as their passion for performing.

The personal scenes helped broadcast the wide range and intensity of emotions expressed by each actor and seemed to help them get in the zone for the actual performance of Faces of Freedom. Not each performer was in both the play and the opening performances, which gave more students the opportunity to showcase their skills.

Faces of Freedom was touching and real and the execution by the performers only made it more so. Had the performers not shown so much professionalism in dealing with the topic of their roles, certain parts could have been interpreted in bad light. For instance, the portrayal of racist characters could have been problematic had it not clearly been satirical.

To add to the sentimental value, after each immigrant’s monologue, a solidarity stripe was painted on the American flag in the background to show that immigrants found freedom and helped make America, America.

Along with the outstanding acting, the students were also in charge of stage setup for the play. They did so with fluidity, in the process of setting the stage for their performance. During the setup, drama teacher Ashley White informed the audience that the students were practicing stage set up for their annual Lenaea Festival competition which made us appreciate the set even more so.

Overall, Roseville High’s Theater Company gave a memorable and impact show. They brought light to a topic that many Americans should educate themselves on and they did so with sensitivity.

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