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The Student News Site of Ventura High School

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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...

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 6, 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...

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...

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”...

Seniors Louis Santia and Brooke Stevenson perform a scene from an altered version of Arthur Millers play, The Crucible. In the scene, John Proctor (portrayed by Santia) confronts Abigail Williams (portrayed by Stevenson) about her ties to his wifes arrest for supposedly being a witch.
Photo by: Marcus Burdick

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...

“The Backstage Café” Improv video

“The Backstage Café” Improv video

Sarah Clench October 17, 2018

https://vimeo.com/295685940 Video clips of "The Backstage Café" Improv show on October 13, 2018. Filmed and edited by: Sarah Clench

Thanks to the troupe’s seemingly expert usage of absurdist humor, dark comedy and other such genres, the audience members were laughing all night.  Photo by: Liliana Lara

VHS “What?” Improv Troupe kills the audience yet again

Miles Bennett March 6, 2018

On Friday March 2 and Saturday March 3, the Ventura High School “What?” Improv Troupe performed at their semi-annual Backstage Cafe, having another successful set of shows according to the howling...

Stranger Scenes: Where students showcase their voices

Stranger Scenes: Where students showcase their voices

Hannah Lee February 5, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOrMaN6NXM4 The Ventura High School drama department recently put on it’s winter showcase; the theme this year was “Stranger Scenes,” deriving from the beloved...

(from left to right) Reich, Weber, and Hazan perform as a band during Movie Critics, where two others control the actions in the scene. Photo by: Avenlea Russian

If I laugh do I get extra credit?

January 9, 2018

On Saturday November 2, Ventura High School put on it’s fourth annual faculty improv show. The show features 16 faculty members of VHS including teachers, librarians, and office staff. Four...

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