The Downey Legend

D.T.A.S.C Shakespeare Festival

Nicole Estrada, Writer

May 15, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Clubs & Organizations, Student Life

Back at James Monroe High School for their second year on April 21, Mr. Nelson, Downey High’s drama teacher took six groups to the annual acting competition known as D.T.A.S.C (Drama Teacher Association of Southern California) Shakespeare Festival. Three of the groups made it to semifinals- Taming o...

You Can’t Take It With You

You Can’t Take It With You

Stefanie Chavez, Photo Editor

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Clubs & Organizations, Theatre, Top Stories

Downey High School’s theatre department presents, You Can’t Take it With You, an award winning play, taking place in a New York home in 1936.   This play follows the story of the Sycamore and Kirby families as they deal with the complications of living a happy life versus living to please oth...

Back to the 1930s

Back to the 1930s

Irania Quintero, News Section Editor

January 6, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre, Top Stories

Downey High School’s drama department presented Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, on Dec. 5, because Lee’s novel served as inspiration to Mr. Lars Hansen due to current events in modern society. Hansen deemed it appropriate to have his students perform this play given the relativity to today...

Five Questions with Oriana Harder and Christopher Cruz

Five Questions with Oriana Harder and Christopher Cruz

Sara Cabrera, Copy Editor

May 23, 2014


Filed under Five Questions With...

Students from the drama production, couple Oriana Harder and Christopher Cruz, share their experiences about taking on the roles of Beatrice and Benedict, lovers in the play Much Ado About Nothing.   Q1: How has your overall experience been with having to play the role of Beatrice with you...

The Crucible

The Crucible

Sara Cabrera, Co-Copy Editor

January 7, 2014


Filed under Clubs & Organizations, Student Life

Mr. Hansen’s Drama Production class has rehearsed every day during and after 6th period, since the first week of October for their performance of The Crucible. The play premiered in the B building theater on Friday, Dec. 13 and will continue onto Friday, Dec. 20. “Opening night was amazing. We had...

Funding for a lifetime of laughs

Funding for a lifetime of laughs

Marilyn Ramirez, Copy Editor/Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 29, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

In addition to their usual routine of comedy and improv, the Comedy Sportz High School League held a special game against each other on March 27 for Relay for Life, donating the proceeds in respect to senior Mario Galvan, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last December. T-shirts supporting G...

Helping out the rest

Helping out the rest

Rodas Hailu, Student Life Editor

December 5, 2012


Filed under Parents & Teachers

For the 2012-2013 school year, eight Downey High School teachers have been awarded grants reaching a total of over $40,000, from the Mary R. Stauffer Foundation, for classroom goals they want to accomplish. According to Denise Takano, $440,000 has been given for teacher projects in the Downey Unified...

Drama produces comedy night

Anais Hinojosa, Art & Entertainment Assistant

February 16, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre

Drama students put on the first production of the year on Tuesday, February first, opening night of the annual Comedy Night. The families of the actors sat along with students, looking forward to a good show.   “It's a younger group for drama production this year so it was the first time for a lot...

“Hide and Seek” coming soon!

Larissa Hernandez

February 1, 2010


Filed under News

Drama and suspense are brought to campus in Mr. Hansen’s newest production “Hide and Seek”, a play written by Lezley Harvar. This production will debut Feb. 2nd and run until the 6th. The play includes aspiring actors such as Elena Ortiz, Jose Zuniga, Annkia Vega and many more. The plot beh...

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