By: Lacee Getter, Becca Spilka, Hayley Younginer

The flipping of scripts, costume changes, teamwork, and standing ovations. It’s the first meeting of the year and there’s a great deal of anticipation for this year’s brand new drama club.

“We’re starting a club this year that allows anyone in the school to be involved. We’re going to plan events, and do fundraisers, and have fun exploring theatre,” Drama Club sponsor Jessica Fichter said.

Senior Josh Bristow has a substantial role as Drama Club President and is ready to take on the latest changes in this year’s drama department.

I’m looking forward to getting more people involved with the theatre program at Dutch Fork because this is a year with a lot of changes. I think drama club is a great way to get students involved,” senior Josh Bristow said.

As many say, with change comes opportunity the changes made have given numerous students a chance to try something new.

“I am very excited to be in the drama club this year because I was not able to take drama as a class, so this club gives me the opportunity to continue drama as a hobby,” junior Jesse Tompkins said.

Fichter hopes to achieve additional goals to help promote the club throughout the school.

“Our goals are to eventually get an honors society charter and to plan school wide events that promote theatre in the Dutch Fork community,” Fichter said.

With the newly improved changes in the air, there’s an expectation for a larger amount of students and involvement in the drama department this year.

“I’m looking forward to getting to do more stuff with drama than I have in previous years, senior Ryann Shealy said. “I think drama club will get more people involved with drama year round, not just when we do major plays.”

There will be two plays this year, Midsummer’s Night Dream during the fall and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown during the spring.

“I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone involved in the drama club because drama people are the best kind of people,” Jesse said. “I am also looking forward to the performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream because it is one of my favorite Shakespearean plays.”

Drama is a part of the arts, and the arts allow individuals to express themselves visually, physically, and verbally.

“I think having a drama club will allow all students from all grades to unite to better theatre itself,” Jesse said. Acting is an amazing thing, and I think that drama club is a great way for people to express themselves through it.”