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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 embrace their inner comedians at the 6th annual teacher improv show

Teachers embrace their inner comedians at the 6th annual teacher improv show

Caroline Marsden and Greta Pankratz

January 22, 2020

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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...

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...

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 on many of the young thespians she’s educated and directed throughout her fifteen years at VHS. Although ...



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...

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...

Meeting the newcomers of this year’s improv troupe

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

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 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The doors opened at 6:30 p.m. with live music. This year, the Wha...

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

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

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), meaning that anyone could stop by to watch. There were about 60 students trying out, and according to Ros...

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