Students from two San Fernando Valley high schools walked away with a total of four first-place honors at an annual drama competition last weekend, earning the right to participate in a special Hollywood showcase next month.
At the Drama Teachers Assn. of Southern California's annual fall festival held Saturday in El Monte, students from Cleveland High School in Reseda won three first-place awards for best comedic scene, best original scene and best scene from a play published between 1880 and 1945.
"I love it," said 17-year-old Cleveland senior Alan Loayza, who has competed since junior high school in seven consecutive festivals, winning a total of four first-place honors. "I love going back to it."
Loayza, who said he hopes to make a career as a film actor, portrayed Peter Pan in a five-minute scene during Saturday's event. Students were not allowed to use props or wear costumes so he made do with green jeans. "No tights," he quipped.