Estancia High School Drama Production put on an original play January 17-19. To Whom it May Concern is written by all of the actors in the play. Ms. Pauline Maranian said she wanted to, “...do theatre that mattered and that would speak to the students of Estancia High School, as well as their parents and teachers.” A survey was sent out throughout the school and the students were asked to express their biggest stresses and issues they deal with.
In Segment 2: Easy Street, the class is given an assignment to write a poem about a world issue, two girls from two completely different worlds are paired together for the assignment. Joey (Ashley Frias) is the oldest child and struggles with not having enough money, her Dad (Andrew Padilla) does not have a job. Kai (Sarah Reich) has separated parent who are never available, her Mom is always on vacation and her Dad is always working, she does not suffer from poverty but rather her lack of poverty and parental absence. The performance of their Money poem was very touching, leaving the audience with chills.
Segment 3: Dream, started off focused on a new student Jack (Makai Walker) as the story went on the story slowly shifted to Jess (Katherin Hernandez) the students start to realize Jess starts to hyperventilate in class when given an assignment, which is a symptom of anxiety. Jacks Mom (Hailey Millon) shares the news that Jacks father has passed away and Jack is so devastated by it that he writes a suicide note and contemplates suicide, Jess reads the note and tells an old friend. The ending of the segment Jess walks into a support group full of students with her same issues.
The 4 segments really touched the hearts of the audience and was a real tear jerker, multiple people walked out of the Barbra Van Holt Theater in tears.
Under pressure, discusses parents immigration for a better life and family not realizing the importance of their children going to college. Easy Street, discusses money issues and the different issues people could have with money. Dream, was probably the most touching segment, discussing anxiety and depression and letting students know they are not alone and that they are not different or weird. Connection, addressed the fear of the future and the unknown.