“The Drowsy Chaperone” offers a sobering take on escapism

Portraying the character Janet Van De Graaff, junior Arden Dickson rehearses a scene from “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Tyler Kinzy, Deputy Managing EiC

February 12, 2020

It is only fitting that the most reflective moment of a frenzied 20-character musical came when all but one were frozen in place. The Man in Chair (senior Dennis McMorrow) pauses, and for the first time in well over an hour, theatergoers could have heard a pin drop. “Look, I know it’s not a perfect s...

Stories with Ava: Junior Jenna Balmer performs in sensory-friendly musical

Stories with Ava features junior Jenna Balmer and her experience performing in her first sensory-friendly musical.

Ava Kayser, Convergent Media Writer

January 14, 2020

  Junior Jenna Balmer along with many other students are experienced actors in plays and musicals.  Balmer took her acting a step further by performing in a sensory-friendly musical. Key aspects of a normal musical are modified for a sensory performance to meet the needs of people who have disab...

“Boeing Boeing” takes flight to deliver laughs and lessons alike

Seniors Aaliyah Weston and Katie Solodar portray Bertha and Gretchen, respectively, in a scene from “Boeing Boeing.”

Tyler Kinzy, Deputy Managing EiC

October 7, 2019

Robert (senior Charlie Foy) resentfully gulps down a glass of whiskey. From across the room, Bertha (senior Aaliyah Weston) sets the house rotary phone back onto the desk and pivots towards the former. “Drink up. We’re in for a bumpy night." The performance itself? Anything but bumpy. As a th...

Sophomore Arden Dickson pursues theater in a STEM-focused world

Staring into the spotlight, sophomore Arden Dickson performs in the fall play The 39 Steps. Dickson has been featured in 21 shows since she began participating in theater five years ago. “The arts are creating something out of nothing, based purely on what is inside of you,” Dickson said. “STEM subjects emphasize technicality, memorization, and what people don’t realize is that art is just as, if not more difficult. Art is creating something completely new based on what is going on inside your head, which, I guarantee for everyone, is a hot mess.”

Lydia Roseman, News Editor

December 19, 2018

What career are you pursuing? I really want to go to a Conservatory Performing Arts college and get a Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA) in either acting or musical theater, preferably musical theater. Those programs are really hard to get into, but that’s what I’m striving towards. Have you ever fel...

Cast and crew look ahead to premiere of The 39 Steps

Scaling a fence while handcuffed, sophomore Arden Dickson and senior Hayden Riehl perform a scene from

Tyler Kinzy, Sports Editor

September 20, 2018

This week marks the culmination of a four-month production process dating back to last May as the fall play, "The 39 Steps," is slated for a Sept. 21 debut, followed by two showings the next day. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s like an old spy movie but taken on stage,” senior director MJ Strick...

The Running with Scissors Improv team presents a spooktacular show

Playing an improv game, juniors Kayla Bell, Kennedy Brown, Hayden Riehl and Ann Truka act out a scene at an after school improv session.

Claire Smout and Carson Lolley

October 28, 2016

“Improv is so much fun for me because it is not something I would normally do. It puts me out of my comfort zone and that is really cool to experience,” Lolley said.

Fun-Size Film club finds success

Students talk during a Fun-Size Film meeting.

Kathryn Harter, Multimedia Editor

April 15, 2016

You watch movies, you talk about movies, you love movies; why not make movies? The Fun-Size Film Club is doing exactly that, this year being their most productive yet.

Senior Directed One Acts are back

Made by Steven Ou.

Kathryn Harter, Multimedia Editor

March 4, 2016

Seniors Steven Ou, Cameron Pille, Koel Branson and Kathryn Harter are running the shows with a twist this year.

Week of Feb. 22-26

Boys basketball, Poms, and Cheer had senior night on Friday. [Gwenn Pietrowski, 12]

Mary Galkowski, Staff Writer / Photographer

February 29, 2016

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" school musical took place in the theatre last weekend.

Drama Club takes on Missouri Thescon in Kansas City

Drama Club takes on Missouri Thescon in Kansas City

Kathryn Harter, Multimedia Editor

January 12, 2016

Theatre troupes from all over the state met in Kansas City for the annual “Thescon,” including West’s Drama Club.

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