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Senior Pretenders

Carly Schwaeber ’12
News Editor

Because of senior Players, Staples Players has changed for the better, and because

of Staples Players, senior Players have changed for good.

The now graduating senior Players have grown immensely since the beginning of their acting careers at Staples.

It’s hard to believe that Caley Beretta ’10, a soon to be theatre major at Northwestern University and current Assistant Director and President of Staples Players was once a “timid” freshman.

“I first got involved with Play- ers in January of my freshman year. I was the assistant director intern for Georgina Pappas ’07… for ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ (March). By the next show, ‘The Laramie Project’ (May), I was as- sistant directing for Mr. Roth. It all happened pretty fast,” said Be- retta.

Yet it wasn’t an easy task to climb the ladder to success within Players. Beretta had dedicated an immense amount of time through- out the past four years in order to become Assistant Director and President of the program.

“I can count on one hand the number of times I have sat in the 2:30 leaving the parking lot traffic at Staples. Players is just part of my day— gets me through the day actually,” said Beretta.

Also having devoted a lot of time to Players, seniors like Maya Hubbard ’10, Dan Shure ’10 and Andie Levinson ‘10 felt as though Players has well prepared them for theatre in college.

“I look forward to moving on and using my training that

I learned at Staples in the real world,” said Hubbard, who plans on majoring in theatre at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

Shure, who wants to continue his journey in theatre by major- ing in Theatre at Skidmore Col- lege, reflected on his experience in players.

“My best memory was do- ing the scene in Romeo and Juliet where we jumped and thrashed around like idiots before the Cap- ulet ball while ‘Local God’ was playing.”

For Levinson, who is going to NYU in the hope to study art, de- scribed her leaving Players as bit- tersweet.

“I feel like I’ve really taken advantage of every aspect of the organization and I’m ready to ap- ply that knowledge somewhere else,” said Levinson.

According to Hubbard, the people in Players are able to make friends that have as much dedica-

tion to each other as they do indi- vidually to the organization.

“I love putting up shows. I love everything about it; set paint- ing, acting, directing, stage man- aging, everything. But mostly I loved doing these things with peo- ple who I genuinely connected to. People who are funny, strong, in- dependent thinkers with a vision that they will walk through fire to achieve,” said Hubbard.

Beretta also mentioned how the friendships she made in Play- ers affected her and said, “Almost all of my best friends are from Players now. I will carry those re- lationships and memories with me forever,” said Beretta.

Although it is sad that the be- loved seniors in Players are grad- uating and starting a new journey elsewhere, it is great to know that Staples High School had prepared them well. They will be missed and are wished the best of luck as they continue their success.

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