The Mundelein Theatre Group Interpretation team took second place in their sectional competition at Lake Park High School, and will be moving on to the state competition in Peoria on Friday, March 23. This is the second straight year the team has qualified for the state tournament. Additionally, eight performers werenamed to the All-Sectional Cast, which names the top performers in the competition. Those performers were Allan Rodriguez, Halli Carpender, Dan Haller, Natalie Williams, Joey Salit, Sydney Litka, Abby Smith and Henry Dumblauskas.
Group lnterp is a 30 minute, student-led performance of any literary work. The focal point of the performance is "out" to the audience with limited on-stage focus. The performance is minimal in nature, meaning that performers wear a uniform dress (not costumes) and build a minimalistic set. Sound effects are permitted but no lighting, specific costuming, properties or theater makeup can be used. It is an IHSA sanctioned event where schools compete against other schools with a chance to earn the opportunity to compete at a State Final tournament.
This year the Mundelein team presented The Perks of Being a Wallflower which follows observant Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood, first dates, family drama, and new friends. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringe consume Charlie as well as the people around him. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and at times overwhelming aspects of growing up. Mark Landuyt directs, Sara Gunther is assistant director.