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The annual event, the brainchild of Jennifer Hunter, a Tualatin High theater teacher, features a 45-piece kazoo band

COURTESY OF THS: DANI AMMEL - The Second Annual Hoopla kicks off with performances set for May 17 through 19, and includes a performance by the famed 45-piece kazoon band.Those wanting to take a break from the stress of life and treat themselves to an evening of laughter put on by students from Tualatin High School's advanced theater arts class are in luck.

The Second Annual "Hoopla" kicks off with performances set for May 17 through 19.

Students from the advanced theater arts class have been working since February to create an entire show all by themselves, consisting of a variety of lighthearted entertainments, including original scripted works, original choreography and dance, comic improvisation, sketches, clowning, and — wait for it — the return on the 45-piece Kazoo Band. 

Jennifer Hunter, a Tualatin High theater teacher, is the brainchild behind the concept show, which was launched for the first time in the spring of 2017,

"The story is a continuation of last year's framework," Hunter said. "All in all, it's our love letter to laughter. It's theater meets circus. It's a playground meets a play."

Based on the hilarity of last spring's show, audiences should be prepare to be impressed by the talent and accomplishments of these young people.

Hunter said the "Hoopla" devising process began with each student writing a list of 87 random things that brought them joy.

"At first the students thought they would be hard pressed to think of this many items, but they realized there was joy in the littlest of every day occurrences," said Hunter. "These lists turned into titles of possible sketches. Titles became fully written sketches. Sketches were revised and tweaked until the fully realized show had been created."

As an example, from that long list of joy,

To give an example from that big list, "swirling in an office chair" and "dancing to your favorite music" were blended together, and now you've got "Synchronized Office Chair Dancing" … and a routine which will change how you think about your own office chair.

Anneliese Wrahtz, a junior and advanced theater student, describes what she loves about the Theatre program at Tualatin High: "It's a place of unity and friendship. We work together and it's like one big family."

Performances are May 17 at 7:30 p.m.; May 18 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. and May 19, 2 and 7:30 p.m. at Tualatin High School Auditorium, 22300 S.W. Boones Ferry Road

Tickets are $5 for students with an ASB card and senior citizens; $7 for students with no ASB card and $10 for general admission.

Tualatin High's theater program includes an atmosphere of high energy, commitment, and more often than not, unbridled joy with student actors putting in endless hours outside of school writing skits, editing, blocking, memorizing, and practicing with each other in the studio.

The students are dedicated because they have a passion about it, and many have ambitions to pursue careers that involve this kind of creative writing and acting on stage after they graduate.

Submitted by Angela Wrahtz

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