by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Alan Smith Photography

Phenomenal Playwright

student_melville2Naomi Melville, a senior at Mt. Carmel High School, has been writing plays ever since she can remember. “When I was a kid, my cousins and I would put on skits for our families. In middle school, I wrote a script that was performed at my high school’s One Acts Festival the next year,” she said. In 2016, Naomi was a finalist in the 2016 California Young Playwrights contest, and three years and seven plays later, her play, Trash! The Musical, won that same contest and was selected for production by the Playwrights Project. Trash! The Musical was chosen from 415 plays submitted by students across the state. There are five winners overall, with three scripts, including Naomi’s, receiving full professional productions and two others receiving staged readings.


Name: Naomi C. Melville (18)
School: Mt. Carmel High School
Grade: 12
Community: Sabre Springs since 2018
Hobbies & Interests: Theater, writing, music
Favorite Places in 92128: Carmel Mountain Plaza, Nutmeg


student_melville1According to Naomi, Trash! The Musical is a lighthearted musical about inanimate objects in the trash working their way through existential crises and finding themselves. She revealed that the play started out as a joke between her and a friend, but quickly progressed into a full-fledged script. Naomi is thrilled that her play is being professionally produced, and along the way, she is learning how to put together a musical that is stage-ready. The challenges have included working through a rough spot in the script and writing the sheet music for the production. The hard work is worth it to Naomi, however. “So far, the experience has been amazing! The deadlines have been a bit stressful, but I’m learning so much. Watching auditions and rehearsals has been very rewarding, and it is incredible seeing actors bring the characters to life,” she revealed.

“I am just incredibly grateful for all the opportunities and support I have received.”

student_melville3In addition to working on Trash! The Musical, Naomi is involved in the theater program at Mt. Carmel and enjoys composing music and writing poetry and short stories. Looking to the future, Naomi plans to major in theater in college and go to graduate school for her Masters of Fine Arts in playwriting. “After that, I guess I will see where the future takes me. Right now, I am just incredibly grateful for all the opportunities and support I have received,” related Naomi. She encourages anyone who would like to see Trash! The Musical, along with a stage reading from another award-winning young playwright, to come to the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe on Jan. 12 or 26.