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Boost of Drive-Ins, Downfall of Theaters

The Twin Drive-In Theater sign lights up showing what movies it is playing Sept. 26.
A gaze into how drive-ins have been gaining more attention for their entertainment and safety. Along with the decline in the want for attending movie theaters.
November 3, 2020
Drive-ins have been gaining more attention lately due to all the safety precautions inside of movie theaters from the outcome of COVID-19.

A Look at Theater From Behind a Mask

Senior Olivia Collet, left, and Isabel Mayer, left bottom, are among their fellow cast members during a dress rehearsal July 28. The actors were required to wear plastic face shields that wrapped around their head, covering their noses and mouths. photo courtesy of Olivia Collet
Adjustment in performances are being made all throughout the theater community due to the Corona virus and the effects of these changes can be seen in an actresses struggle to express emotion while wearing a face mask.
September 24, 2020
Head of the Saint Teresa’s Academy theater department Shana Prentiss has coped with these protocols by establishing a Reader’s Theater this fall instead of proceeding with the usual fall musical. 

Performing arts students find new outlets amid pandemic

After all of STA’s live performances were cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19, STA’s performing arts students are learning how to pursue their passion remotely.
April 29, 2020
After the cancellation of live student productions, senior Genesis Jeffries chose to direct her student production remotely.

Bands channel students’ creativity

Senior Kylie Schuster sings and plays guitar while practicing with “Yellow House” in her basement Feb. 12. Schuster is the only member of her band to attend STA, so rehearsals are held outside of school. photo by Amy Schaffer
STA student bands explore their own music styles and provide an informal outlet for creative performance.
March 9, 2020
Members of musical groups at STA share their experiences being in a band.

Students prioritize acting development

- Junior Gracie Swanson laughs as she practices her lines Jan. 27. Swanson will
appear in STA's upcoming production of
Plays offer students the opportunity to challenge their acting abilities in different ways than musical productions do.
February 6, 2020
New and experienced student actresses appreciate the acting-focused feature of plays.

Talent over gender

Junior Grace Patenaude smiles during the finale Nov. 5. Patenaude played King Sextimus, a character who did not have lines until the last number. photo by Katie Massman
Theater teacher Shana Prentiss discusses the role gender plays in modern theater.
December 2, 2019
By giving roles to the actor best suited to them without regard to gender, Prentiss hopes to shed light on the trivial nature of gender as a social construct.

Learning through a different lens

Catera Combs as EM, from left,  Jay Love as Ty, Jordan Luty as CJ, and Khrystal L. Coppage as Dayz in The Coterie’s production of “Rise Up: The Struggle of the Freedom Riders.” The play is written by Lisa Evans and directed by Jeff Church, and runs from  Sept. 17 through Oct. 20. photo by Erin Stricker and courtesy of The Coterie Theatre
The junior class saw "Rise Up" performed at the Coterie Sept. 20. Juniors in the AP Literature class also got to see "Hot Cat on a Tin Roof" at the Rep.
October 14, 2019
The junior class saw the play "Rise Up" at the Coterie Theatre and students in AP Literature course saw "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

The top haunted locations in KC

 A statue sits outside of St. Mary’s Church Aug. 23. The Episcopalian church was built in 1886 and supposedly haunted by Father Jardine, who started the church. photo by Ella Norton
The Dart compiled a list of the supposed most haunted places around KC, according to Trip Savvy and Fox 4 KC.
October 14, 2019
The Dart compiled information of haunted locations around KC.

Making music from the heart

Director of campus ministry Andrea Arredondo sits in her office located in Goppert Center Sept. 6. Arredondo was the first to realize change was needed in Praise Band and has  implemented  changes with the help of Hillary Talken and Susie Adams. photo by Rachel Robinson
The group formerly known as praise band now has a new name, a new sound and a new mission.
September 12, 2019
Regardless of a student’s religious beliefs, the Windmoor Collective’s mission is to make all feel welcome and able to participate.

Student Productions: from playing to producing

StuPro Directors Lauren Daugherty and Grace Marshall critique the actors in their small cast at rehearsal April 9 at Brookside park. The two Seniors StuPro is called “A Day in Pompeii” and will include both singing and dancing. photo by Kendall Lanier
Seven seniors direct five, one act shows for this years Student Productions, known as Stupros. They are annually held to allow seniors try directing and producing instead of performing.
April 25, 2019
Seven seniors produce their own one act shows for Student Productions this year.

Letters to Sala brings a true story to life

Letters to Sala brings a true story to life
This year’s play Letters to Sala gives the cast a chance to explore characters in German labor camps.
February 14, 2019
The cast of Letters to Sala takes care to respectfully perform the real life story of a holocaust victim.

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey enriches the culture behind dance

Student Laila Atkins holds up two fists, following her dance instructor’s commands Nov. 10. The series of commands walked students through arm, core and leg movements. photo by Amy Schaffer
The culturally rich dance studio serves as a larger purpose for the community.
November 30, 2018
The studio focuses on the importance of giving back to the community.
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