The Fall Drama Production Has Arrived

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(Left to Right) Liana Malunes, Victoria Ramos and Cassie Esparza look up into the sky when they see the Virgin Mary in the scene.

Alissa Scott
(Left to Right) Liana Malunes, Victoria Ramos and Cassie Esparza look up into the sky when they see the Virgin Mary in the scene.

“Our Lady of Kibeho” is this year’s Fall Drama production. It is sure to make one “oo” and “ah” over the cast’s moving performance.

This emotional piece is about three young girls who attend Kibeho College and see apparitions of Mary. No one believes in their visions and many people begin to think they are possessed by the Devil.

As the play continues, the people have a change of heart and believe in the girls. They even begin to call them the “Trinity.” Cassie Esparza, a senior, who plays Alphonsine shares, “I play Alphonsine and she is one of the school girls at this Kebeho College and she is the first girl to start seeing the Virgin Mary in Kibeho. No one believes her and everyone thinks that she’s crazy. She gets punishments for it and eventually she’s the one that starts turning everyone to see the Virgin Mary.”

Actress Liana Malunes, a junior, who plays Anathalie shares some insight to the play and says, “The play focuses on how the people react to what we’re seeing and what we’re saying.”

It’s not just the actors that help the show become what it is, but it is also the people behind the scenes that make a big contribution. Andrew Sesteaga, a senior, who is the stage manager explains, “We are the ones who make sure everything is in place; we basically run the show. We make sure everything is in place on the set and make sure all the actors are in place. We cue sound and lights when they are on stage.”

On stage you are sure to catch the actors with a serious attitude, but behind the scenes it is more then just a play; it is more like a family. Victoria Ramos, a senior, who plays Marie Claire says, “The people are really fun to work with! It’s just amazing to get to see so many talented people in one room, but my overall favorite thing is just the chemistry that people have”.

This production is also changing the personal lives of the cast members. Helping them view and live life differently. Glenn Anthony Quiroga, a senior, who plays Father Tuyishime tells, “I have started to live a more religious life because of this. I have looked at the world in a different way after seeing what these people had to go through”.

Mrs. Brown, the faculty advisor, states, “[The show] is about mother Mary and how she asks the world to pray, she begs the world to pray. And when we don’t, we have all the pain and all the misery that is in the world because we forget to pray. We get complacent; we think somebody else will. This reminds us we need to, every single one of us.” She wants to transform the crowd and somehow change their hearts. Her goal is remind people to pray daily. She wants everyone to remember that Mary can appear to anyone and cares for everyone as she says, “This shows that we should believe each other, we should listen to each other and that Mary cares for everyone. Doesn’t matter what’s your color, what’s your race”.

This production can be described in three words: powerful, deep and transformative. This play is sure to give you a mix of emotions from start to finish.

You can still catch the production tonight or on Saturday October 22nd at 7pm. Adults are $10. Students and Senior Citizens are $5. The performance is in the Dr. Estelle L Kassebaum Theatre at Mater Dei Catholic High School.

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The Fall Drama Production Has Arrived