9 Traditions You Know From Being A Member Of Oak Hills Drama Club

9 Traditions You Know From Being A Member Of Oak Hills Drama Club

What do the Oak Hills Drama Club members do outside of rehearsal?

The Oak Hills Drama Club has played a major role in the lives of many individuals that have attended good ole’ Oakie High. While teaching life lessons and fun skills, the club also allows it’s members the opportunity to participate in many important traditions each year.

1. Gypsy Coat

At Oak Hills, this tradition inspires the seniors to work hard and continue to put effort into Drama Club. It consists of a graduation robe decorated with pictures from the most recent production and is passed on to the most hard-working senior. It is truly an honor to receive the coat and many seniors work for the coat starting their freshman year. This also gives an opportunity for one of the seniors to come back and visit the following year to pass on the coat.

2. Senior Toast

Many of the seniors start thinking about senior toast their freshmen year. After watching the grades above you participate in this tradition, it is a weird feeling to be standing in front of the cast with your group of seniors. This is typically a tear-filled event as you work towards leaving your fellow cast mates and directors to go on to bigger things.

3. Pre-show/Intermission “Opa!”

Right before a show, the energy level in the dressing rooms can be at an all-time high. In order to bring this down, we form an energy circle. This is a time to think about what you’re supposed to be doing onstage, as well as hear some important notes from the directors. At the end, we count down to the signature “Opa!” then it’s time to start the show. At intermission, this circle is repeated and after the second “Opa!” the second half of the show is on its way.

4. Cast Pictures

The cast is often rather reluctant when it comes to taking cast pictures. However, a few years down the road they'll be able to look back on the wonderful memories thanks to said pictures.

5. After show activities

While the show is exciting, the dinners with the cast after the show is even better. On Thursday night you can probably find the cast at Skyline Chili and Friday night, T.G.I. Friday’s (RIP). Bonding can be a tough process when different people are onstage at different times. These dinners give the cast the opportunity to sit down and bond without distractions.

6. Cast Dinner

Speaking of dinners, the cast dinner is an event put on by the parents during show week. These are often themed for the show and the parents go all out when decorating. After a stressful night of dress rehearsal, what could be better than sitting with your cast and eating free food?

7. Awards

These fun superlative-like “awards” are often handed out by the seniors at the cast party on Saturday night. These are meant to be silly and fun and a majority of the cast looks forward to seeing what they have been categorized as this show.

8. Five-minute show

This tradition is typically not something you’ll want to bring your parents to. After months of rehearsals, what better way to end a production than making fun of it? The five-minute show is a shortened, funnier version of the show, written by the seniors, meant to make everyone share one last laugh as a cast.

9. Drama Banquet

While this tradition is not directly affiliated with a specific production, this is probably the most fun of them all! This banquet allows the members of Drama Club to dress up according to a silly theme and spend time with everyone. It's a terrific way to end each school year.

These few traditions are near and dear to the hearts of many past and present Oak Hills students. They have allowed the alumni to take away many memories of their time as a part of the Oak Hills Drama Club and will continue to do so for the present and future students.

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11 Things You Understand If You Hate Physical Contact

Please keep your hands and feet away from me at all times.

We currently live in a world where EVERYONE LIKES TO TOUCH EACH OTHER. People enjoy hugs, high fives, tapping others on the shoulder, pokes, ect. For someone like you and me (I'm assuming you too since you clicked on this article), this is the WORST thing in the world. Whenever I think of someone touching me (even just a poke) without my permission my reaction is like Sofia Vergara in Modern Family.

I mean, when I take that love languages quiz, physical touch is always on the bottom of my preferences. So I thought to my self, you know I can't be the only person in the world that hates physical touching. So here are 11 things every person who hates physical touch will understand:

1. When people tickle you

I don't care that it's just for fun and jokes; I'm not laughing because I want to, you are literally forcing me to laugh. I hate you, get your greasy hands off of me before I make you get them off of me.

2. When people think they need to tap your shoulder to get your attention

As if simply saying "Hey" followed by my name wasn't enough. I don't need your grubby little fingers touching me. Now I'm annoyed with you before this conversation even started, what do you want?

3. When someone you barely know reaches in for a hug

I don't know who the heck you're thinking you're about to hug because it sure isn't going to be me. Hugs are reserved for people I know well and like, not you. Okay release me now, I am not enjoying this. LET ME GO.

4. When people tell you that you aren't an affectionate person

Are you aware there are ways to show my affection without constantly being all over you like a koala bear? Yes, I'm affectionate, hop off.

5. When someone is in your personal space

We could be best friends, we could be complete strangers. We could be lovers, I could hate your guts. We could be in private, we could be in public. I don't care what the situation is, if you're in my personal space uninvited GET OUT. There is no reason to be so close to me unwarranted.

6. You don't know how to comfort people

When you see an upset loved one, most people think they you should comfort then by pulling them into a long lasting hug. But, that's the kind of things that your nightmares are literally made out of. So, you stand there confused how you should comfort your friend/relative while also not sacrificing your touch moral code.

7. When people say you "look like you could use a hug"

Um no. I never could use one, get off of me. I will let you know when I want one.

8. When you're hugging someone wondering how soon you can release

Please end my suffering.

9. When you arrive at a social gathering and people rush to greet you with hugs

Let's not.

10. When you try to leave a social gathering by just waving to get out of goodbye hugs

Please no one make me hug you.

11. That one person who is allowed to hug you/touch you

This person, typically a significant other or best friend, gets to break all the "no touch" rules and we gladly accept their hugs and cuddles and public displays of affection. But only them, no one can copy them.

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These are the classics that I think all college students should read.

1. "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger

This classic by J.D. Salinger is a staple for many high school kids. Yet, I believe college students should revisit this novel, as it's a great portrayal of adolescence.

2. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Love him or hate him, Jay Gatsby is one of literature's most recognizable characters. "The Great Gatsby" is a tragic story of a man stuck in the past, and a grim warning of the empty happiness money buys.

3. "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells

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4. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde 

This novel is about the degradation of Dorian Gray, and his descent into depravity. It showcases one of the greatest character declines in literature. By the end, Dorian Gray finds his life to be empty, his hedonistic lifestyle pointless.

5. "Norwegian Wood" by Haruki Murakami 

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6. "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte 

I consider "Jane Eyre" to be one of the first feminist novels. It's a fantastic Gothic novel about an independent and strong woman — Jane Eyre — who meets the mysterious Mr. Rochester. It's more than a romance — it's a commentary on Victorian societal expectations of women, with Jane representing objection to it.

7. "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

This novel is a beautiful story about a girl in Nazi Germany. Liesel Meminger knows the importance of books, and uses her knowledge and kindness to save a Jewish refugee. It's a poignant novel that expresses the importance of literature and books.

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If you've watched the Sherlock series with Benedict Cumberbatch, then you should definitely give the novels a go. The mysteries are exciting and intriguing, despite their old age.

9. "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens

This is one of my absolute favorites novels. It follows a young boy named Pip, who befriends a beggar, meets the depraved Miss Havisham, and falls in love with unattainable Estella. This novel is at once a bildungsroman and a tragedy.

10.  "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov 

This controversial novel by Vladimir Nobokov follows the perspective of Humbert Humbert, a depraved man who falls in love with 12-year-old Lolita. Nobokov showcases his mastery of the English language, while writing a depraved and tragic story following two terrible people.

11.  "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

Perhaps one of the most famous novels of all time, "Pride and Prejudice" stands the test of time by showing how two outwardly opposite and contrary people can come together and form an amazing love. It's about accepting one's flaws and getting to know people beyond surface level.

12.  "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque

This is a fantastic novel that depicts the absolute horrors of war, particularly World War I. If this doesn't enlighten you about the realities and horrors of war, then no book will.

Reading is important as it broadens one's horizon. Literature is one of the greatest inventions of mankind.

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