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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”...

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...

Stefoni Rossiter: “A clowning achievement”

Stefoni Rossiter: “A clowning achievement”

Miles Bennett October 25, 2019

What’s the backstory behind the drama queen on the third floor? According to current students and alumni alike, Ventura High School Drama Department Head Stefoni Rossiter has made a tremendous impact...

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...

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...

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

Students Perform Showcase Under Pressure

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...

Senior Omar Al Bawab, sophomore Jaidyn Sellers, and senior Sam Coats performing a game named

Meeting the newcomers of this year’s improv troupe

Summer Yovanno and Tanya Turchyn October 17, 2018

Ventura High School’s 2018-2019 Improvisation Troupe had their first shows of the year on Oct. 12 and 13. The VHS Theater Department proudly presented “The Fall 2018 Backstage Café” on the VHS Mainstage...

Tallent commented, “I’m excited to see what kind of dynamic comes from this troupe. There’s a huge variety of humor in the people that got on; it should be really fun.” Photo by: Avenlea Russian

Not only “What?” but “Who?”: The 2018-19 Improv Troupe

Avenlea Russian September 25, 2018

Ventura High School’s “What?” Improv Troupe tryouts were held Thursday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 21 from 3:30 to 5:30. The tryouts were open and held in Stefoni Rossiter’s classroom (room 314),...

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