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Adieu to Our Seniors: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 5:27 pm

The CoSA Musical Theatre & Drama Conservatory bids a fond farewell to graduating seniors.

The end of the school year is always bittersweet for graduating seniors. In the fall, they will say goodbye to their homes, friends and families to pursue their blindingly bright futures. Seniors in the CoSA Musical Theatre & Drama program had one final “hoorah” before they receive their diplomas in June: a showcase just for their class. This performance allowed these students to show just how much they have grown and improved in their field since their first day as CoSA freshmen.

Each senior had the opportunity to chose either a unique song or monologue to perform. For example, Nathan Chisholm sang “Let It Go” from the popular Disney film, Frozen, Samantha Littleford sang “To Pretty” from R.R.R.E.D: A Secret Musical, Kate Jamison sang “I Know the Truth” from Aida, Victoria Celano sang “Someone You’d Be Proud of” from The In Between, Mitchell Connelly performed a monologue as Mozart from Amadeus. These students are only five examples of the very talented Class of 2014 from Coronado High School.

All of the seniors had a different reason to anticipate the Senior Showcase. “I can’t wait to watch all of my peers strut their stuff,” said Littleford. Connelly has been looking forward to showing the audience, including family members and friends, just how much he and his fellow CoSA students have grown as performers. Celano enjoyed sharing the stage with her best friends. Jamison wanted to make a lasting memory of her final performance on a high school stage. “This is our last chance to sing in front of and with the other CoSA students before we graduate,” she said.

Preparing for the Senior Showcase had taken weeks of effort and teamwork. “The hardest part of preparing for the Senior Showcase was choosing quality material to perform,” said Littleford. Schoolwork, in addition to social obligations and preparations for college and graduation, spelled time management issues for several of the student thespians. Chisholm struggled with finding the time to actually practice the song he’d selected. As always, the performers poured hours of after school time into rehearsal to ensure the best possible show.

Every senior’s song or monologue choice said something special about their personalities and characters. Some students chose their piece to honor a deceased family member, while some had been wanting to perform their selection for years. The Senior Showcase was held on April 30th in the Coronado High School Theatre. The seniors have spent the past few years on that stage performing in musicals, fundraisers, and assemblies. It just seems fitting that their final performance as CoSA students took place on the very stage upon which they began their musical theatre careers.

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