75th Anniversary of The Cougar Press
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75th Anniversary of The Cougar Press
“What? Improv Troupe” performers Quinn McMurty ’24 (far-left) and Sinthia Cardenas ’23 (far-right) point imaginary guns at each other as a part of the “Storyline” game. Photo by: Nicklaus Shelton

VHS Theater Department presents “What? Improv Troupe” in the VHS Little Theater

Alejandro Hernandez and Nicklaus Shelton December 3, 2022

The improvised show allowed actors to perform unscripted “What? Improv Troupe,” also known as the Ventura High School Improv Show, took place between 7:05 and 8:37 p.m. Dec. 2 in the VHS Little Theater....

The Puffs play is set to open on at 7:00 p.m. Nov. 10 in the VHS auditorium. The play is directed by drama teacher Stefoni Rossiter, and written by Matt Cox with music by Brian Metolius. Graphic by: Hank Tovar
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VHS Drama Department prepares for the “Puffs” play

Ruby Lacques and Jane Armstrong October 21, 2022

The play “Puffs” is set to open this November in the VHS auditorium As students get back into the swing of school, the Ventura High School Drama Department prepares for their first performance of...

During the bows, all the students took a moment to thank the crew and show director, Stefoni Rossiter.  Photo by: Greta Pankratz

The winter showcase returns in-person

Caroline Marsden and Greta Pankratz March 2, 2022

 VHS drama department highlights standout performances of the year in the annual winter showcase The annual Winter Showcase took place on Fri., Feb. 4, and Sat., Feb. 5 at 7:00 p.m. It was led by Stefoni...

Senior Avery Kightlinger, who is auditioning for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” said, “I would be thankful and excited to receive virtually any role! I’m not exactly experienced in theater so I think it’ll be interesting to see what happens and whether or not I make it but I’m excited to try!” Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

VHS Theater opens the stage for spring musical auditions

Alejandro Hernandez February 10, 2022

“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” is set for auditions The Ventura High School Theater department first announced the spring musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” in December 2021. Subsequently,...

(left to right) Sophomore Harley Nix, junior Sophia Campbell, senior Aaron Reijerse, senior Bre Roark, freshman Zoe Pence and senior Joseph Lombardo prepare for the fall play, A Wrinkle In Time. Photo by: Olive Kranzler

“A Wrinkle in Time”, where did the time go?

Olive Kranzler November 18, 2021

This year, for the annual fall play, the story “A Wrinkle in Time” comes alive by means of the VHS drama department. Having opened on Nov. 10, there were many shows to attend, including  Nov. 12-14,...

The Zoomprov cast in all its glory. (Top row left to right; junior Wyatt Mojo, Senior Sofia Mastroianni, senior Kylie Pence, sophomore Lilia Duque; middle row left to right; senior Jaidyn Sellers, junior Mya Sherman, senior Samantha Hirschhorn, senior Jack Zilles; bottom row left to right; sophomore Sinthia Cardenas, senior Ramsey Dillon). Photo by: Yasmin Myers

Zoomprov: To be or not to be?

Anna Guerra and Yasmin Myers March 5, 2021

VHS Drama department showcases its first virtual improv show.  On Feb. 5 and 6, the What? Improvisation Troupe made its debut of the 2020-21 school year through a Zoom livestream. The one-hour shows...

The fall play Zoomdunnit was the first ever virtual play put out by the VHS Drama Department and was written by Drama Department students. Photo from: VHS Yearbook

VHS Drama department draws its *virtual* curtains

Yasmin Myers January 31, 2021

Modern day rendition of a murder-mystery set in today’s world captivates those who watch.  The drama department broke the barrier of in-person performance to bring the virtual audience a murder mystery...

Mamma Mia was well received and memorable play. Photo from: Ashlynn Vaglica

The curtain closes early, but the show goes on in their hearts

Charlotte D'Orsi May 27, 2020

Despite the school closure, VHS thespians find solace in the memories they’ve created over the years. The VUSD school closures brought a cloud of mourning to Ventura High School students. Spring athletes...

(Left to right) Junior Jay Reynolds, sophomores Joseph Lombardo, Alina Reitz, senior Daniel Metten and freshman Mya Sherman read through the script for the very first time. Photo by: Miles Bennett

Will the shoe fit?

Shannon David and Alina Calamia March 10, 2020

VHS’s Drama department prepares for the spring musical, Cinderella. [dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]n April, the Ventura High School Drama Department will be performing “Cinderella” as the 2020...

Sebastien DeClerck (pictured left) next to Linda Bergfeld (right) acting out a game where they pretend to be Oompa Loopas making chocolates. Photo by: Greta Pankratz

Teachers made a hoot at the faculty “fun-raiser”

Anna Guerra and Yasmin Myers January 15, 2020

VHS faculty showed their silly side to raise funds for the drama department. [dropcap size=small]O[/dropcap]n Friday Jan. 10, Ventura staff members performed in the sixth annual faculty “Fun-Raiser”...

Junior Angelina Flum states that there are a bunch of interesting and funny things that keep you engaged [during the rehearsal] and that its exciting to see the play come together. Photo from junior Angelina Flum

Anatomy of Gray practice has us hooked on a feeling

Yasmin Myers November 13, 2019

Actors and stage managers disclose the details before the curtains unfold [dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]alented actors and stage managers come together on Anatomy of Gray to create a great production....

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