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Wind River kids showcase talents
Wind River High School students rehearsing "Super Dad" Thursday night included from left, Tapaynga Hill, Alex Kini, Arlayna Miller, Aspen Stagner, and Tyler Goulart as the stressed father driving his family to the mall. The skit was written by WRHS alumnus Dylan Cooper. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Wind River drama kids showcase talents this weekend

Mar 8, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Wind River High School drama students take the stage at Central Wyoming College this week to showcase some of their best work from the year.

Instructor Malinda Garcia said this is the first time Wind River students have hosted an event of this magnitude. Usually, they organize a dinner theater at the school, but this year she said the group decided to expand its opportunities.

"There's a lot of pieces they do to get ready for the dinner theater, which is the final assessment for the class, and a lot of people have commented on liking these smaller pieces," Garcia said. "Last year they said we should set up a showcase."

The event begins at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at the CWC Little Theater. Garcia said the show will begin with a shadow play, followed by several short scenes including monologues, duets and stage combat routines.

"It's very much a reflection of them," she said. "They auditioned the (acts) they liked and had a panel vote on what they thought was powerful. They were part of selecting their peers to be part of this showcase."

Most of the pieces were written by past and current students. For example, in 2011 WRHS alumnus Dylan Cooper wrote "Super Dad," a skit that will be performed this year by senior Arlayna Miller, junior Tyler Goulart, sophomores Alex Kini and Aspen Stagner and freshman Tapaynga Hill.

Garcia said her students are excited to perform at CWC for the first time. They rehearsed their pieces Thursday evening in the Little Theater.

"Just moving venues creates a whole different type of performance. I think today they're kind of realizing it's really going to happen. They're a little nervous."

Senior Jesse Hawk, who has participated in drama for the past four years, said it will be beneficial for the younger students to spend time on a bigger stage.

"It's mostly about experience," he said. "They're getting used to a bigger crowd so if they do choose to go on with (drama0 they don't have that scared feeling when they go in front of a crowd."

Sophomore Abbey Maxheimer said she's used to being on stage, but not alone. She plans to perform a monologue for this week's showcase, during which she will act out a one-sided conversation between a woman and her ex-boyfriend.

Maxheimer's brother, freshman Coy Carroll, said he isn't afraid.

"I'm not nervous," he said.

"He's fearless," Maxheimer agreed.

She plans to pursue drama at Central Wyoming College and the University of Wyoming in the future. Garcia said many of her students end up at CWC, and the showcase will help them "bridge the gap" between the two schools.

A group of CWC drama students is expected to make a surprise appearance during the event, which also will serve as a fundraiser for the WRHS student trip to see "West Side Story" in Salt Lake City.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Garcia at 856-7970 ext. 142.

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