Save the Workshop
"It's my name up there, not just some scribble on the wall." - Jimmy Mullaney, class of 2013.
For almost 40 years, Bishop Noll Insitiute Drama Club alumni have been patricipating in a tradition on the last strike night of their senior year. Each student spray paints their name in the workshop leaving their lasting impression on the drama club.
A proud Bishop Noll alumni and participent in the drama department recently discovered that the new head of the department has plans to repaint the walls of the back room.
I know for a lot of us, we got involved with drama because we didn't feel like we had a place in the school. After getting over initial nerves during auditions or callouts, students begin to grow together in an alternative learning enviroment. The drama department has been a central hub for budding friendships and experiences with students from all different social circles.
"This devastates me because that was a part of our lives, in fact it was our life." said Jasmine Renwick, class of 2013. Students spend countless hours, both before school, after school, and even on weekends behind the scenes making the productions a reality.
By the end of the year, we become familiar with the names around us. They become more than just decoration. From the first glance into the back workshop, to putting last minute adjustments on set pieces the week before the show, to waiting in the shadows for your next que: every student interacts and creates memories between those spraypainted walls. After 40 years of tradition, it's become a symbol of the family aspect of the Bishop Noll Drama Club. It's a subtle reassurance that other people have stood where you stood, on both the best and the worst days, and made it through high school.
Carmen Cordova, class of 2011, posted "Some people who spray painted their names there have died. Some people spray paint their names with their high school sweetheart. There is so many names and nicknames that past alumni’s names get covered with newer names. Our memories are on that wall. We share that together."