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DHS drama offers improv night

Staff reports

Douglas High School Thespian Troupe #990 will present an evening of hilarious improvisation in the DHS Drama Room, Saturday, May 20, at 7 p.m.

This group of high school actors, hosted by DHS Thespian sponsor Rod Hearn, will entertain the audience with a show that is modeled after Drew Carey’s popular television show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

Tickets are available at the door for $4. Desserts are available at intermission for $1 more.

“The idea for the show came out of several lunchtime drama club meetings,” Hearn said. “We had such a great time acting out improv situations that we thought it would be a great way to share our talents and raise money for the International Thespian Festival this summer.”

The festival is held in Lincoln, Neb., each July and hosts Thespians from around the globe. DHS students Sean Kelley, Jen Allen and Mary Zimmerman are attending the festival for the first time this year. Hearn hopes to make the trip a semi-annual goal because the students get experiences from the festival that are not available in most public high schools.

“Students have the opportunity to participate in advanced workshops such as special effects make-up, fight choreography, and Shakespearian costuming. At the festival, students also have the opportunity to audition for colleges and universities in one room, at one time, rather than travelling across the United States to audition.”

Scholarship money is also available. Students round out their experience by attending major full-length productions each evening, produced and acted by their peers from other high schools who have been invited to perform their outstanding plays and musicals.

Hearn said, “Raising money to attend the festival is our strongest focus right now. Drama students hate selling candy for money. They’d rather hone their craft and raise funds at the same time.”

Another fundraiser is the drama club’s annual “Camp Iwannaact,” a popular creative drama camp for students currently in grades 1-6. This year’s session is scheduled for May 26, 4-6 p.m. and May 27, 9 a.m.-noon. The camp builds to an evening showcase of improvised stories for parents at 7 p.m. on May 27. The camp cost is $25.

“Parents interested in registering their children for the camp should pick up registration forms in the DHS front office as soon as possible,” Hearn said Registration deadline is Monday, May 22. More information about the camp is available by calling Hearn at DHS, 782-5136.