Hours of rehearsal? Check.
Million-dollar salaries? Hardly.
Name in lights? Sort of.
‘Tis the life of a student actor.
Even as many drama programs were closed throughout the state due to budget cuts in recent years, the high schools in Galt have kept theirs alive through joint productions.
During a break from rehearsal Tuesday, Galt High School senior Brandon Vladimir Ramirez answered a series of questions. He and Liberty Ranch High School student Josh Collier are actors in the latest one-act plays, and are the main writers for the production, which opens today.
Tell me how you got involved in drama.
I had an older brother who took it as an elective. He was just kind of dropped into it, but said it was fun. So I decided to take it.
Now, that’s what I’m going to school for next fall. I just kind of fell in love with the art.
How did you feel when the drama program was on the chopping block due to funding?
I was an eighth-grader at the time and attended the protest.
I had no idea what to do if they cut it once I was in it, because honestly, drama was everything. They were just stripping me of my extracurricular activities.
It’s an outlet for me. If I’m having a bad day, you can find me in the theater.
What is the No. 1 reason your peers give for taking drama?
At our school, a lot of people want to take it because we accomplish a lot.
In my opinion, theater as a whole will offer you more than any other course you take. You have to interact with other people, which is good for life. It’s also good to act outside the box. It’s good to not be yourself every day.
Do you think they want to become actors and actresses?
I see a lot of talent in a few other people. My long-term goal is to make my own films.
Tell me about the latest production. I understand you helped with the writing.
I wrote the whole thing for Galt High. In football, I had torn my quadricep and was in the hospital just watching TV and writing. I just wrote a play about what was on my mind at the time.
What’s your favorite part?
There’s a couple. It’s satirical. It’s a comedy, for the most part. I like how many diverse characters there are. We looked at how everyone could play a role in it, and there’s not one person who doesn’t have a part.
What is one thing that will surprise people who come to see the plays?
There’s a subliminal message in there that you have to look for. It’s a tale of the undeserving.
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