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

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

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 mourned their sports seasons, seniors mourned their final months of high school, and the drama d...

Will the shoe fit?

(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

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 spring musical.  This 1997 edition has the same classic Rogers and Hamerisetin music and charm with a hint of sa...

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

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

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” to let it all go for a couple of laughs. The funds raised by the improv show went to benefit the VHS Drama Depart...

Anatomy of Gray practice has us hooked on a feeling

Junior Angelina Flum states that there are

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. “Anatomy of Gray”, written by Jim Leonard Jr. and directed by Drama Department Head Stefoni Rossi...

Say What?: Improv Troupe presents their first show

Say What?: Improv Troupe presents their first show

Anna Guerra and Yasmin Myers

October 26, 2019

After enduring fierce auditions, this year’s improv cast proves they’ve got what it takes On Saturday Oct. 18, a talented group of students known as the What? Improv Troupe debuted at the Backstage Cafe. The show consists of performing skits much in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, a short-form im...

They harmonize before the sunrise

From right to left, freshmen Sinthia Cardenas, Arkiran Khiara, and Vanessa Mercado practicing the alto part of

Juliana Jacobson

October 25, 2019

Members of Company, Ventura Unified all district Choir, sing before everyone wakes It was 6:16 a.m. on Oct. 8, the sky had slowly started the process of changing from black to a cool blue. Outside the drama room, 12 kids stood in a loose circle talking and laughing. As more students began to trickle in...

MAMMA MIA: AUDITIONS TO OPENING NIGHT

MAMMA MIA: AUDITIONS TO OPENING NIGHT

Ryan King

June 12, 2019

Click the link below to watch a documentary on the production of Ventura High School's spring musical, Mamma Mia! The documentary follows the leads of the production over a course of about three months from their auditions to the musical's opening night. Disclaimer: The documentary contains occasional...

Editorial: I am Drama and so can you

Editorial: I am Drama and so can you

Sam Coats

June 6, 2019

When students think of the theatre, their minds go to choreography, or singing -- perhaps the overacting that sometimes shows up on high school stages. However, the flamboyance and negative stereotypes surrounding Drama can obscure the plus side: VHS’s program has changed many students’ lives (includi...

Seniors bid goodbye to Company Show Choir at the last concert of the year

Seniors bid goodbye to Company Show Choir at the last concert of the year

Tanya Turchyn

June 4, 2019

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VHS: Shining With Talent

Infographic by: Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson

February 19, 2019

The Ventura Unified School District will be having its 18th annual Festival of Talent from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 23. The show will be held at Ventura High School. The proceeds from the show will support innovative classroom grants. Auditions were held on Feb. 8 and 15 at Buena High School and we...

Students Perform Showcase Under Pressure

Seniors Louis Santia and Brooke Stevenson perform a scene from an altered version of Arthur Miller's play,

Marcus Burdick

February 9, 2019

On the night of Feb. 2, Ventura High School students displayed both their comical and dramatic acting abilities, touching on a wide array of subjects. They had two rehearsals to prepare, and because of their limited time to prepare, many students communicated having been stressed. The night bega...

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