By Megan Johnson
Senior year. The finale of a teen’s high school career. Some feel it is the last time they will ever been seen as a teenager and the first time they will be seen as an adult. However, for some teens involved in theatre, their “finale” is very literal.
Theatre seniors experienced such a finale last weekend in “Pride and Prejudice.” Within this show, some of the seniors had major roles. Other cast members like sophomore Ashley Denny said seniors displayed leadership in playing their roles.
“They’re very helpful, dedicated and hard working actors,” she said.
Denny said that senior Savannah Wormley taught her how to work hard during performances, but also enjoy herself.
Wormley shared that theatre has not always been her main priority. However, over the years it has become a major part of her life.
“Theatre is what got me to come out of my shell. I’m not exactly shy, but theatre really takes away inhibitions, you become very outgoing,” said Wormley.
Sophomore Henry Miller said his inspiration comes from not only one actor, but two: seniors Clay Gulley and Collin Jackson.
“They have taught me that theater is tough because you have a lot of competition, but a lot of people want you to succeed,” said Miller.
Jackson explained that theatre has always been a part of his life.
“I feel like it’s just a part of me. I don’t experience what I feel on stage anywhere else. I just can’t not do it,” he said.
Miller shared that he sees both of these actors as very talented and wishes to succeed as they have.
Theatre director Robbie Steiner said Gulley stood out amongst his peers as a true leader.
“He’s the thespian president and a great example of somebody who works very hard. He’s humble, he cares for his peers and makes effort to be a good role model,” said Steiner.
Steiner shared that Gulley has matured since his freshman year and has become a hard-working, poised young man.
Gulley shared that this maturity has mainly blossomed within the past year.
“The fact that I’m almost 18 and about to graduate has really given me perspective on things. To accept that you’re growing up requires some maturity, and I think some of that maturity has transcended into my performances,” said Gulley.
With all four years of experience and growth in theatre, Gulley leaves with high hopes for the up and coming leaders.
“I believe that anyone who is true to their passions, is hardworking and above all, truly respectful of others has the potential to truly be a wonderful leader. Theatre is a fire within the performer and only he can keep it ablaze.”
Additional reporting by Melanie Parrish.