A group of high school students has joined us at the Indiana Festival Theatre, and they provide energy, enthusiasm, and assistance as we prepare for the opening of The Music Man on June 24. They receive a stipend, gain experience in the work of a professional theatre, and will soon be working the runs of the show. The seven students are all over the theatre–in our studios, on stage, and even in the dramaturg’s office. The coordinator of the program is scenic designer Fred M. Duer.
Here are our interns, described in an essay co-written by production intern Korinne Dunn. (Photograph by Jonathan Michaelsen.)
The High School Internship Program hires local students to participate in our production process for a five week period. The student interns gain hands-on experience in our shops, in marketing and promotion, witnessing the rehearsal process, and working backstage to run our shows. They are working with and being mentored by professionals, faculty, and graduate students. The students gained acceptance into the program through written applications, interviews, and the recommendations of High School Drama teachers. The inaugural class of seven is comprised of students from both Bloomington North and South High Schools.
Aaron Anderson is a graduate of Bloomington HS North. He has previously served as a member of North’s stage crew for How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2008), The Pajama Game (2009), Anything Goes(2010), and Cabaret (2011). He plans to attend Purdue University in the fall, studying engineering.
Jonathan Blair is a graduate of Bloomington High School South, where he performed in Theatre South’s Alice in Wonderland (The Mad Hatter), The Good Doctor (Anton Chekov), and It’s a Wonderful Life (Uncle Billy). He was also involved with his church’s youth theatre group while in middle school. In the fall, he plans to attend Asbury University on a theatre scholarship.
Korinne Dunn is a senior at Bloomington High School North. She has performed in North’s productions of The Pajama Game (Chorus), Rumors(Cassie Cooper), Anything Goes (Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt), The Ballad of the Sad Café (Miss Amelia Evans), and Cabaret (Sally Bowles). She worked as the assistant stage manager for North’s student production of The Curious Savage.
Lucy Farmer is a senior at Bloomington High School North. She worked with the Bloomington Playwrights Project throughout her elementary school career, participating in many of their Youth Theatre Ensemble summer performances (Bugsy Malone, Peter Pan). She has worked in BHSN productions for three years, taking part in Women and Wallace, The Pajama Game, Anything Goes, and Cabaret, among others.
Alex Goodman is a senior at Bloomington High School South, where she has performed in Theatre South’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy Van Hussmere) and It’s a Wonderful Life (Superintendent). She has also been involved with Sounds of South as the stage manager for Carousel and as a performer in Brigadoon and Fiddler on the Roof. Other productions include Little Women (Marmee), Peter Pan (Mrs. Darling), and Babes in Arms (Phil McAbe and stage manager).
Kaylee Hanson is a junior at Bloomington High School South, where she has taken the roles of Alice in Alice in Wonderland and Ashenputtel in Grimm’s Tales. She recently stage managed South’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life.
Sierra J. Johnson is a senior at Bloomington High School South, where she has taken the roles of Alice in Alice in Wonderland and Tilly in It’s a Wonderful Life. In addition to her performance in It’s a Wonderful Life, she gained experience as a painting and seamstress assistant.