Theater alumna Dievendorf returns home

Carter Mize, staff writer

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The school has a new cast member ready to grace the stage and her name is Terri Dievendorf. She is the new theater arts teacher, but she is not new to the area; a Mineola alumnus, Dievendorf is already well acquainted with our school.

Some have already experienced her handiwork in the form of the successful “Secondhand Cheese,” a recent outburst of student creativity and laughter.Dievendorf is quickly picking up where the previous teachers left off and she has momentum.

“Mineola is home,” Dievendorf, said. or Ms. D for short. “I was raised in Mineola, graduated from this school and taught my first five years here.”

She returns home to fill a need in our faculty and also to build up a once great theater program. Teachers like Larry Wisdom, the late Shannon Seaton and KayLamb precede her and she intends to return the program back to its former glory and to take it to new heights.

“It will take a lot of commitment and dedication from everyone, including myself,” Dievendorf said. “I do think our school has a vast amount of talent.”

The first test of the theater students and Dievendorf came in the form of  “Secondhand Cheese”, a student led production of comedic sketches and a little bitof music. It was highly successful, and raised funds for the drama program. While it did serve as a fundraiser, it also provided novice actors with stage experience.

“’Secondhand Cheese’ will be an annual thing. The show is not just to raise money for the musical, but to give every theater student the opportunity to be on stage atleast once, and to see how fun acting can be. In the late spring, students will see senior-directed short plays.

Next is “Seussical,” the upcoming musical production featuring stories from Dr. Suess. The musical is already in the works and will be the first large production byDievendorf at our school. She has already been involved in multiple theater productions such as “Dearly Departed” in Alba-Golden and “Kitchen Witches” in the hometown theater and many more.

“Seussical is a fun musical with the quirky and delightful characters and stories of Dr. Seuss. I chose this one mainly because it is fun to perfom and fun for audiencesof all ages,” she said. Seussical will be performed Nov. 12 and 14 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

After that is One-Act Play, a University Interscholastic League contest that involves putting on a 40-minute dramatic production. Last year and years prior, the schoolhad been very successful in these competitions. Dievendorf aims to continue this legacy.

“Although we are in a very competitive district for UIL, I think we have a very good chance of advancing as far as the state tournament,” she said.

Even with that said, nothing about OAP is easy.

“Success in theater requires time both in rehearsal and time at home. Success can only happen with a troupe who is willing to commit to the effort,” she said.

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Theater alumna Dievendorf returns home