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Gallery: Behind the Scenes at Sunnyside's 'Don't Laugh at Me' Club



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From classroom preparations to backstage to performances and audience response, there’s a lot going on for the Don’t Laugh at Me club at Sunnyside High School in southeast Fresno. Take a look:

Don’t Laugh at Me club members practice long hours before taking their show on the road. (GV Wire/Nancy Price)


The scripts and lineups for performances are worked out at lunchtime club meetings at Sunnyside High. (GV Wire/Nancy Price)

Members rehearse for an upcoming performance. (GV Wire/Nancy Price)

One member of the Don’t Laugh at Me club peeks through the curtains backstage at Sunnyside High prior to a performance for Ayer Elementary students. (GV Wire/Nancy Price)

Club adviser Cyndi Mello shares her performance notes backstage with members. (GV Wire/Nancy Price)

The club performs before a packed cafetorium at Balderas Elementary School. (GV Wire/Nancy Price)

Balderas Elementary promotes anti-bullying messages in the southeast Fresno school, including this banner in the cafetorium. (GV Wire/Nancy Price)

Balderas Elementary students watch intently. (GV Wire/Nancy Price)


Don’t Laugh at Me ends each performance by singing the club’s namesake song. (GV Wire/Nancy Price)

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email