A Work in Progress


Marissa Finger

Jenna Dirksen (12) and her chorus of students rehearse for the upcoming winter play performances.

High school: a synonym for stress, frustration, and boredom. Add drama. To theatre students, this is just a hobby of theirs. Theatre can be a direct source of high school drama and frustration. A lot of hard work is put into what is done, especially plays.


Oh, the winter play, what fun! Behind the scenes, it’s more frantic than it looks.  Imagine a room full of spies. Spies that make up aliases and discover new characters to deceive their audiences. That’s us actors–we study our characters and remember our lines, all while trying to keep on our toes with our core classes.


You watch a new person become uncovered. Zoe Monahan (12) becomes a creepy student who has no sense of personal space. Cheyenne Vest (11) works it in her red heels and tries not to fall down as she stomps around, looking menacingly authoritative.


“I have over one-hundred sixty lines to remember,” Cheyenne said. Kayla Cardwell (11) makes little jokes and opens up literal doors to further the advancements of her classmates. “In theatre, it takes hard work and dedication to get what you want done,” said Kayla.


“In the process, you learn more about yourself. Ashton Hall (10) develops her skills as an actress while blowing everyone’s eardrums. “I listen to other people to perfect my own. I have to remember not to be embarrassed to scream when I’m one stage,” Ashton said.


It’s a working progress, but theatre is a family with all its ins and outs and rights and lefts. No one would want it any other way.