Our Artistic Staff
I was blessed to be born into a music and theatre family where my parents met in Madrigals in high school and instilled a love of music to all three of their children at a young age. My first role was in kindergarten playing the Little Red Hen while wearing red socks and crawling around on all fours. An early love of imagination and creative play led me to where I am today. I was lucky to have amazingly supportive parents.
I always loved working with young people and felt such a connection to them. I love being silly and crazy and loud and extreme and quiet and whimsical; lucky for me, kids love that too. I had no exposure to special needs kids prior to 5 years ago, but theatre is an amazing vehicle for breaking down walls and developing trust among one another. I had no idea what I was doing that first year and so I treated them the same as I would any other group of young people. The same expectations, the same song choices, same dance moves and same behavior required. We all learned a lot that first year about each other, but it was I who learned the most. I learned that laughter is the most amazing drug, High School Musical can fix any meltdown and hugs are the norm, not the exception.
To the kids; I love and treasure each one of you so much. You have made my life complete and I am thankful to you for reminding me what unconditional love is- Thank you for coming with me on this journey. And to the parents; I am truly inspired by each and every one of you. Your dedication to your children is like nothing I have ever seen before. That first year you stayed and watched rehearsal because you were concerned over what might happen if you were not there. Now I know you stay and watch rehearsal because you don’t want to miss one single moment of the magic that is created in that rehearsal room. I am a better person for knowing all you. From the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you….. Thank you, thank you, thank you; for being my friends, my mentors, my peers, and my inspiration.
Executive Director: Jenny Mitchell
BFA, Wichita State University