Lights! Camera! Action! “Hooray for Hollywood,” presented by the Rams Repertory Company, premiered on Friday, November 1 in theatre 601.
Set in the fictional Thomas Jefferson High School, “Hooray for Hollywood” depicts the drama behind the school film festival. It follows the dreams and aspirations of each drama student as they vie for a scholarship to UCLA. The play’s leading female is Nina Quinn, a shy, sweet girl who is secretly in love with her best friend Bruce Phillips who is not so secretly infatuated with the school drama queen Debbie Van Zandt who is dating the rich and handsome Todd Holden.
I thought the casting was brilliant and the students pulled off their roles wonderfully. Each character had an attitude of its own. Although I lost track of everybody’s names halfway through the play, I remembered each character’s individual persona. Even though the leads did a great job, I personally felt that the supporting actresses stole the show. Dramatic Allison de Mornay blew the crowd away with her rapid fast interpretational monologue of Scarlet O’Hara from “Gone with the Wind.” I also appreciated sassy Nina Quinn who played a murderer in Holden’s film entry.
“Hooray for Hollywood” is definitely my favorite drama performance to date. It has comedy, romance, drama, suspense, and intrigue. It portrayed the ups and downs of filmmaking from casting the right people to sabotaging your opponents. I enjoyed the many popular media references and spoofs. I also liked how Nina’s fantastical dream about Bruce was reenacted with a silent movie.
The Rams Repertory Company did a superb job making this play. The audience was very involved throughout the play, gasping, whistling, and sighing over each performance. Definitely two thumbs up!
This article was written by Christine Keung. It was published in the Temple City Voice on November 26, 2008.