Flintridge Preparatory School: In ‘Prepp’d’ The Underclassmen Take Center Stage

The Winter Play, “Prepp’d: The Rebel-ution of the Underclass,” featured an ensemble cast of 7th, 8th and 9th grade students. The collaboratively written sketch format of the show presented Prep culture from the perspective of the school’s newest members.

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The inspiration for the show came from performing arts teacher Jen Bascom’s own experience as a new member of the Prep community.

“As a new teacher at the school, I was intrigued by the uniqueness of the Prep culture,” she said. “I realized there was comedy in our shared experiences.”

Bascom, who has a background in improvisational comedy, seized on the opportunity to collaborate with students as they worked through ideas, jokes and songs about what she calls “the daily surprises” students encounter on the Prep campus.

No piece of Prep culture was too sacred for the students. Subjects ranged from lunch to the mascot, spirit points, dating, fitting in, sports, balancing classwork and activities. There was even a surprise unicorn. The students gave honest, hilarious and improvised performances that required audience participation—meaning that everyone in the Miller Theater was fully immersed in the wonderful world of Flintridge Prep culture.

Performers were: Christina Fan, Maya Khurana, Sophia Jones, Jason Kreinberg, Shant Armenian, Jack Cartwright, Sarah Abu-Ross, Joe Spera, Tess Robertson-Neel, Madeline Montes, Josh Perkins, Luke Hurrell, Hannah Murphy, Saya Sarma, Lauren Bennett, Jay Dadwal, John Macleod, Alex Kyriakakis, Cameron Slater, Charlie McCormick, Helen Rossi, Winston Chen, Luke Stiles and Andrew Cristol. Nanita Balagopal ’16 was the assistant director.

Flintridge Preparatory School, 4543 Crown Ave., La Cañada Flintridge, (818) 790-1178 or visit www.flintridgeprep.org.




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