The Stage Welcomes “Rivers and Ravines”

Teddi Cliett

“The Rivers and Ravines” is next on the stage for Tomball Memorial’s drama department. “I’m so excited for people to see it,” sophomore Donna Bella said concerning the play and its costumes.

“The Rivers and Ravines” features several family farms living in the 1970’s and 1980’s who are struggling against the government to keep their land and possessions.

“I am so excited for this production,” Bella said. This is her first major high school performance, although she has been involved in five other productions before this. Two of those she participated in tech, short for Technical Theater, where students design and construct properties, light plots, costumes, sets and makeup for practical show.

Bella takes on the role of Winona Tarlow, a Hopi Indian.Winonais basically the wise woman of the town. “I can relate to her because she is generally a no-nonsense kind of person, has a pretty good moral compass, and she always tries to help her friends with problems,” Bella said.

Although Bella shares many of the same characteristics as Tarlow, she is having some difficulty developing her character because Tarlow is so different from any character that she’s played before. Past characters of Bella have been more ‘normal.’ “It’s difficult to know what kind of actions she would do and what she is thinking,” Bella said. “She [Tarlow] uses nature for serenity and odd logic.” In other words, Tarlow uses nature for her base of explanation. Nature is her reason behind the things that are happening.

The easiest part of the production for Bella is learning her lines. Since her character is so strange, the majority of Tarlow’s lines stand out in Bella’s mind. Other drama participants nodded in agreement. One of those participants was sophomore Ali Coburn, who added, “This play is different because it’s not focused on just one character. It’s more interesting to watch because it gives you a different perceptive on what everyone is going through.”

“Rivers and Ravines’” first production is the evening of November 10, 2011 at 7:00.  Following show times are November 11, 2011 at 7:00, November 12, 2011 at 3:00p.m. for the matinee, and 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10. To preorder tickets call 281-357-3230.

Drama director Mr. Bryce Ballew said, “Our cast is growing. There is more student oppertunity, and we have increased in set and costume size. Each production is getting better and better.”

When asked what the hardest part about putting on this production is, Ballew said, “Time. We’ve had four weeks for this entire production. Sets, costumes, lighting, everything. However, and I know this sounds cheesy, but the reason we’re able to do all of this is because of the students. They work so hard and put so much time, effort, and energy into this production.”

“Our cast and crew are really stepping up their game,” Bella said.