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Featured Performer: Jacob DeSett


Senior Jacob DeSett started performing in fifth grade through Culture House, a local performance company for kids in the area. Since then he has participated in many shows around the community at theaters, including Stage Right Performing Arts and the musicals at East.

Q. When did you get into theater?

A. I started performing in community theatre in 5th grade in The Culture House’s production of “Aladdin.” I auditioned because my brother had done theater, and it seemed like it could be really fun. I auditioned for my first show at Stage Right Performing Arts in 8th grade when I was featured ensemble of “Les Miserables.”

Q. How has theater affected your high school experience?

A. Being in theater has taken me to experiences I never thought possible, like performing with Starlight Professional theater. My theater experience at East has been full of great memories and great roles. I felt a little awkward coming in because I came in my sophomore year and  they all had made these bonds with the students and the staff, but they made me feel really included. Getting a lead in “25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee” as Chip Tolentino my first year at East was one of the highlights.                                                              

Q. What would you consider the best part of theater?

A. Each theater company and each show is like a family, and you can always find a way to fit in somewhere in the community. Getting to spend time with the entire cast of a show, you create a bond when you all put so much work into something that can turn out so great.                                                 

Q. Do you plan on pursuing theater after high school?

A. I want to major in music education and maybe pursue a more classical, vocal performance career instead of focusing on musical performance. Right now my top choices for college are Colorado Boulder, University of Miami and Rider University of the Westminster Choir College.

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Brooklyn Terrill

Brooklyn Terrill is a junior at Shawnee Mission East and has been on staff for a year and a half. She is the Assistant Mobile Media Editor. When she isn’t studying, she spends her time being choir, theater, and SHARE as the chair for Mission Adelante and Pinky Swear. Read Full »

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