Gables Shorts 2018


Sam Rodriguez

Emilio Gutierrez, Tristan Breaux, and Dan Leiferman sit on stage during one of the shorts written by troupe.

Ana Capiro, Spanish Editor

On Wednesday, Mar. 7, Coral Gables Senior High Theatre Troupe presented seven short plays. The one-act presentations were all written by students and performed by them as well. Guests paid five dollars for two hours of entertainment by Gables’ best thespians. Ms. Barrow-Schoenblatt, Gables’ own theater teacher, helped put the whole show together, along with the stagehands and techies. There was great variety among the plays, with some comedies, dramas and even a horror. The plays presented were as follows:

50 Worst Dates

This short play tells the story of a young woman going back into dating after a horrible break up. Encouraged by her best friend, she goes on multiple dates with men she meets online, each one worse than the last.

Cast: Courtney (Yara Faour), Elizabeth (Melanie Wu), Chad (Tristan Breaux), Derrick (Emilio Gutierrez), Gunther (Jose Cutillas), Gunther’s Mom (Marissa Singer-Rosenberg), John (Dan Leiferman).

Off To See The Lizard King

This comedy details one extreme fan’s journey to see Jim Morrison’s grave. She and her best friend journey through Paris, dealing with annoying tourists and the police to finally reach the grave of her “God.”

Cast: Marine Dubois (Marine Brenner), Margeaux CocoChanel (Andrea Rodriguez), Old lady (Genesis Osorio), Old Man (Rene Guerra), Security 1 (Jamal Fuller), Security 2 (Yoel Rodriguez), Tourist 1 (Gaby Isaacs), Tourist 2 (Bryan Mejia), French Police Officer (Dan Leiferman), Flower Shop Worker (Maria Menendez).

Losing Grip

A sad tale of depression, “Losing Grip” is the story of a young man unable to move on after a tragic accident in which his girlfriend and best friend died. Filled with survivor’s guilt, he is tempted to kill himself by the voices of his dead friends.

Cast: Ryan (Dan Leiferman), Bella (Sarah McCluskey), Carolyn (Yara Faour), Noah (Tristan Breaux), Kayla (Sam Lopez).

The Love Affair of Chad and Becca

“The Love Affair of Chad and Becca” hilariously described a writer’s thought process while creating a romantic scene. Chad and Becca embodied the characters in Serena’s story and changed their actions each time the scene was rewritten.

Cast: Chad (Tristan Breaux), Becca (Gaby Morales), Serena (Anna de la O).

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It was horrific performing my own work, it kinda made me want to claw my eyes out. But I survived. I wrote my characters specifically for Gaby and Tristan, and I think they did an amazing job bringing them to life.”

— junior Anna de la O

Dear David

The only horror of all the plays presented, “Dear David” tells the story of a truth or dare game gone wrong. Amber ends up being followed by a dead man named David, who makes her life miserable.

Cast: Amber (Yanely Avila), Ben (Dan Leiferman), David (Bryan Mejia), Ester (Maria Menendez), Jessy (Gaby Isaacs), Lexi (Marine Brenner), Abby (DJ Lopez), Jack (Yoel Rodriguez), Alex (Marcel Paba), Adam (Jamal Fuller).

Daddy Issues

“Daddy Issues” tells the story of the relationship between an absent father and his daughter. An emotional piece, it portrays the toll Tom’s absence had on his daughter Sonya.

Cast: Sonya (Rachael Gerchakov), Brenda (Alyssa Lamadriz), Tom (Jordan Armour).

“I was genuinely impressed by how good all the plays were, especially since they were all written and acted by students. Their talent was outstanding,” said sophomore Dilan Denham.

The Boy Who Cried Vampire

A comedy and mystery all at once, this play portrays the search for a missing father and a vampire terrorizing the town. In the end, both are discovered as they are the same man!

Cast: Max (Dan Leiferman), Bella (Yvanna Cajina), Chad (Tristan Breaux), Leo (Emilio Gutierrez), Olivia (Isa D’Ottone), Ms. Smith (Sarah McCluskey), Principal Gardner (Gaby Morales), Detective Johnson (Jordan Armour), Detective Jones (Rachael Gerchakov), Diane (Marissa Singer-Rosenberg), David (Jose Cutillas), Pizza Girl (Melanie Wu).

The show had an amazing turnout with a full house. Each play moved the audience, either to laughter, sadness or fear. The praise of the crowd made all the hard work worth it for Troupe 0476.