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Published on August 2nd, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Dreher High School Theatre Students Excel At Nationals

Pictured above; Dreher High School theatre students Aidan Toumey, Taylor Goodwin, Alexandra DuBose and Wesley Mousseau, accompanied by theatre teacher Jeanette Arvay Beck (center)

Broadway here they come … in a few more years. Four Dreher High School students – Alexandra Dubose, Taylor Goodwin, Wesley Mousseau and Aidan Toumey – competed in a national high school theatre competition in June and walked away with accolades and experiences that will prepare them for their futures as actors, technicians and filmmakers.

Out of a perfect score of 300, Alexandra and Taylor scored 295 with their musical duet from the Broadway musical RENT. Aidan’s state-winning film, The Balloon,placed fifth nationally. Alexandra’s and Wesley’s auditions to 53 universities garnered them a total of 20 callbacks, including from representatives of the University of Illinois in Evansville and the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.

“It’s pretty darn amazing how well our students performed, especially when you consider that two of them have never flown on an airplane before,” said Dreher theatre teacher Jeanette Arvay Beck, who accompanied the students to the competition. “Our students spent five days with 4,000 other high school theatre students from across the nation auditioning, competing and attending workshops and newly released Broadway shows produced by incredible high schools. They made new friends and these mega-talented students can now better understand the professional entertainment world and careers in that field.”

The competition was held on the campus on the University of Nebraska. Arvay Beck is especially grateful to the students’ parents and other financial supporters who helped to make the trip possible, including Dreher Principal Jeanne Stiglbauer, The Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia City Council members Moe Baddourah and Leona Plaugh, and Dreher alumni Seth Rose and Paul Chaplin.

 

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