Aspiring actors and performers spend their senior year auditioning for countless collegiate training programs.

The truth about Acting School applications

Arden Dickson, Staff Writer May 13, 2021

Aspiring to become a famous actor at a young age is a phase most can relate to. We are drawn to the glitz and glam of the industry, the pretty costumes, the expensive parties and the adoration that follows....

Posing with a parrot on her shoulder, theater teacher Amie Gossett acts as a pirate in a sword singing troupe she participates in. Gossett has been part of this troupe for 10 years, preparing each year for the high-intensity physical movement her role requires. “We usually have two to three different choreographed staged sword or stage combat fights per one hour show. They involve swords, daggers, hand-to-hand combat, rolling on the ground, jumping up on boxes, etc,” Gossett said. “I definitely have to get myself into fighting shape each season so that I don't hurt myself.

Teacher by day, pirate entertainer by night; Meet Amie Gossett

Megan Hoenecke, Staff Writer December 17, 2020

Parrot on shoulder, and sword in hand, theater teacher Amie Gossett performs on a “ship-like” platform as a sword-swinging pirate in an all-woman stage combat sword fighting troupe. Despite working...

Senior section leader Abbey Thompson directs the low brass at practice. She remains socially distant and masked. “I always struggled to find motivation to get into a practice routine but with all the extra time with quarantine I was able to dedicate real time to practice. I saw a pretty big improvement not only in my sound but also my confidence as a musician,” Thompson said.

PIVOT: Arts education in action

Arden Dickson, Staff Writer October 27, 2020

I had my first dance recital when I was five years old. My mother likes to remind me that she thought I had the best costume: a black and white tulle dress, pink bows on my tap shoes and a feather in my...

Junior Arden Dickson acts out applying makeup onstage. Dickson believes that acting teaches you how to tell a story, which is also important for singing. This led her to create her blog where she shares her experiences with friends and family. “I have heard people [respond with] ‘thank you for sharing’ or ‘I have been in a similar situation myself,’ so it's good to hear that other people are also facing similar situations and that my work is helping others.”

Creating the blog “Good Song, Good Soul,” junior Arden Dickson shares lessons

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer February 4, 2020

Publishing her first post in December 2019, junior Arden Dickson writes her blog “Good Song, Good Soul” about her passion for music and acting to remind herself of her writing roots and share experiences...

Students collaborate to produce original film “Glitch”

Maria Newton, Staff Writer March 19, 2018

Senior Emily Foy and juniors Dani Fischer and Kristin Priest went on a self-led expedition to write, film and produce an original short film this semester. They did this through an independent study sponsored...

Wearing their “Running with Scissors” shirts, students from the improv team pose with the superior award they received, which is the highest rating. They were one of two groups in Missouri to receive this award for the Improv Olympix event. “We had a senior who was doing scholarship auditions, and four juniors who were busy too. We weren’t really expecting to do as well as we did,” Showers said.

Theater students break a leg at the Missouri State Thespian Conference

Sabrina Bohn , Managing EiC Intern January 29, 2018

Students in the International Thespian Society (ITS) attended the Missouri State Thespian Conference Jan. 11-13 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand to go to classes, talk to colleges and perform in individual...

Juniors Kim Clyne and Sophie Spaulding check the light board, setting up for a dress rehearsal.

Junior Kim Clyne takes on professional responsibility as lighting designer

Katie Spillman, Staff Writer April 11, 2017

After spending 14 hours at school in just one day, junior Kim Clyne understanding the meaning of time management as the Theater Department’s lighting designer. “I create and design how the stage...

Koel Branson: Jack Gable/Stephanie

Leading Ladies: meet the actors

Betsy Wait, EiC Intern November 13, 2015


Startled to find out Snow White was eavesdropping, the dwarves huddled behind their leader.  The dwarves were played by Casey Bruner, Koel Branson, Kjell Hagen, Tanya Esmiel, Steven Ou, and Audrey Frost.

The Tale of Snow White Review

Debra Klevens, Photo Editor / Staff Writer November 9, 2014
A twist on a time-honored classic that did not deliver on it's promised interactivity.
Theatre tech crew spotlight

Theatre tech crew spotlight

Macky Kavanaugh, Staff Writer October 3, 2014

For every theatre production, a team of students work behind the scenes on the tech crew. The crew is required to keep the show running even when complications arise.  

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