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Plays present humorous spin on Greek mythology

(Article by Dalton Byrne - January 22, 2015)

The spring comedy will take audiences to places such as Athens and Mount Olympus with a very relatable family to follow. With a large yet young cast, Director Mary Larson has chosen two short plays for the February performances.

“The play production this year is made up of two comedies. The first, ‘Greek to Me’ is a fast-paced, humorous look at the Ancient Greek origin of theatre. The second, ‘Zeus on the Loose,’ is a zany, humorous look at the Greek gods as a dysfunctional family. We have a large cast, and I expect it to be a fast-paced production, so lots of rehearsal,” Larson said.

The production will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. in the high school Performing Arts Center.

Senior Jacinta Akin shared her enthusiasm about this year’s production.

“I am excited that we are doing a play with Greek mythology because I love that, and we will all look amazing on stage! I also think we have landed a great cast and look forward to connecting with everyone,” Akin shared.

Zach Wilson, senior, explained what he likes most about his character, Zeus.

“My favorite part about my character is that I get to be very loud and powerful. I like this aspect of my character because it’s fun to be loud and being a power character is crucial to the plot,” Wilson explained.

Larson described how a diversity in the age of the cast helps the production grow to its full potential.

“Every year we have a cast that is quite diverse in regard to ages of the cast members. Each grade level brings something special to the production. Students here are always willing to learn from each other and their directors,” Larson described.

Both Wilson and Akin explained the similarities and differences between themselves and their characters.

"My character and I are very concerned about ourselves, and we’re both loud and kind of rude. I would say that the main difference is that Zeus is a God, and I’m a mere mortal,” Wilson explained.

“Hera and I both have motherly characteristics and it especially helps that I am going to Washburn Tech for Early Childhood Professional and that gives me the characteristic to be more ‘in control’ just like Hera is. A difference would be that she tends to yell a lot, and I would never yell like that to the kids,” Akin explained.

Larson shared how she plans on balancing the workload of two plays.

“We have produced two short plays instead of one longer play several times since I started directing 20 years ago. I make out our rehearsal schedule for the entire run of the shows, before we start rehearsing. I alternate and combine rehearsal for both shows. It isn’t too difficult with planning ahead,” Larson shared.

Wilson explained how his role in the theater changed now that he is a senior.

"As a senior you naturally assume a leadership role by striving to set a good example for everyone else. By doing so, I hope this makes me a role model for the underclassmen and pushes them to do their best,” Wilson explained.

Larson described the biggest challenge the students will be facing with this production.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of using Greek language in portions of the show (and what it) brings for the cast. The pronunciations and inflections will require extra effort. It will broaden the linguistic experience of the students,” Larson described.

Akin shared what the play has taught her and what it has prepared her for after high school.

“It’s hard to realize that this is my last production here at Silver Lake. I am so incredibly thankful for the late night rehearsals and constant memorization because that has made me stronger and more prepared to move on to my new life after high school, but keeping the friends I made along the way. I will miss this,” she said.

(Cast list below)

 

“Greek to Me!”

Muses of Theatre-----------------------------------------Kristen Howser, Keegan Weber, Jacinta Akin

English Translator-----------------------------------------Kristen Howser, Keegan Weber, Jacinta Akin

Sister Muses/ Muses Chorus--------------------------Margaret Thomas, Erin Johnson, Elizabeth Moore, Kallee Watkins, Gabby Gifford, Alyssa Reeder, Miranda Graf, Haley Warbritton, Faith Scheibmeir, Macey Koelliker, Olivia Beach, Olivia English, Logan Runnebaum, Claire Austin, Oen Griffin, and Leah Gustafson

Act 1 Scene 1

Chaos-------------Lucas Schroeder

Ouranos----------Calen Schuckman

Gaia---------------Elizabeth Moore

Zeus---------------Zach Wilson

Scene 2

Narrator 1----------Lucas Anderson

Narrator 2----------Miranda Graf

Narrator 3----------Faith Scheibmeir

Narrator 4----------Oen Griffin

Chaos Chorus----Blake Matzke, Darin Martin, Josh Dallman, Keith Nagy, Josh Wilson, Calen Schuckman, Dylan Womack, Zach Wilson, DW Snook, Dalton Byrne, and Lucas Anderson

Scene 3

Narrator 1---------Haley Warbritton

Narrator 2---------Margaret Thomas

Narrator 3---------Kallee Watkins

Narrator 4---------Dylan Womack

Thespis------------Dalton Byrne

Dionysis-----------Sydney Monteith

Bully----------------Logan Runnebaum

Clapping Actor/Actor 1----Erin Johnson

Actor 2-------------Olivia Beach

Actor 3-------------Macey Koelliker

Actor 4-------------Calen Schuckman

Actor 5-------------Alyssa Reeder

Actor 6-------------Gabby Gifford

Actor 7-------------Faith Scheibmeir

Actor 8-------------DW Snook

Actor 9-------------Lucas Anderson

Actor 10-----------Elizabeth Moore

Actor 11-----------Leah Gustafson

 

Act II

Narrator 1-----------Haley Warbritton

Narrator 2-----------Faith Scheibmeir

Narrator 3-----------Miranda Graf

Narrator 4-----------Oen Griffin

Narrator 5-----------Kallee Watkins

Narrator 6-----------Margaret Thomas

Narrator 7-----------Elizabeth Moore

Narrator 8-----------Gabby Gifford

Narrator 10---------Alyssa Reeder

Thespis-------------Dalton Byrne

Aeschylus----------Dylan Womack

Aristophanes-------Blake Matzke

Sophocles-----------Josh Wilson

Euripides-------------Darin Martin

 

“Zeus on the Loose”

Zeus-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Zach Wilson

Prometheus------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Josh Dallman

Hera------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Jacinta Akin

Demeter---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Keegan Weber

Hestia-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Kristen Howser

Hermes--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Josh Wilson

Hades---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Lucas Schroeder

Persephone-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Logan Runnebaum

Dionysis-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sydney Monteith

Hephaestus----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Keith Nagy

Aphrodite----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Claire Austin

Artemis------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Olivia English

Poseiden----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Dalton Byrne

Ares--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------DW Snook

Athena----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Oen Griffin

Apollo----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Darin Martin

 

Cloud Chorus

All Female Cast Members

Chariot Chorus

All Male Cast Members

Chariot Drivers

Blake Matzke, DW Snook, Dalton Byrne

Teacher, coach, friend; she has a Lott to offer

By Sami Fischer - Friday, Jan. 6, 2015

Hillary Lott has filled the shoes of former special education teacher Tyler Stewart, who transferred to Shawnee Mission Northwest High School this year as a teacher and a coach.

Like Stewart, she can be found in both junior high and high school resource classrooms as well as on the court.

“I enjoy being around young people and getting to mentor, teach, and coach them,” she explained.

Along with special education, Lott has also taught physical education as well.

“At Parsons High School I was a P.E. teacher as well as a head volleyball coach, and an assistant basketball and track coach,” Lott said.

Lott explained why she moved to Silver Lake.

“My husband took a job in this area so it made sense for me to find a job in the same area,” she said.

Lott shared her favorite part of Silver Lake.

“The faculty and students are so enjoyable to be around here, and everyone was nice to me when I was still trying to figure things out,” Lott explained.

Along with her new teaching position as a special education teacher, Lott also gets to continue her love of coaching as the C-team volleyball and C-team girls’ basketball team coach.

“I love coaching and I want to coach anywhere I teach, but I especially wanted to at Silver Lake because I knew how much I could learn from their programs,” Lott said.

She shared what she likes most about coaching.

“My favorite part of coaching is getting to be around the girls. I enjoy seeing them improve and excel, but I also want it to be about more than the sport. I want to teach them how to act and instill morals in them,” Lott explained.

Lott shared how she feels about coaching under Volleyball Coach Sarah Johnson and Basketball Coach Loren Ziegler who have had so much success as head coaches at Silver Lake.

“I take it all in. I can always learn from others - especially those who have been in it longer and have had so much success. I ask a lot of questions and take a lot of notes,” she said.

Lott reflected on how her coaching changed because of them.

“I don’t think I coach any different, but I think it’s made me a better coach by just listening and being in such great programs as Silver Lake has,” she explained.

Junior Varsity Basketball Coach Kelby Brown coaches closely with Lott during C-team games.

“Coach Lott has added a lot of knowledge and excitement about the game of basketball. She has also added another great coaching mind to our staff and had really developed great relationships with players. We are lucky to have her,” he said.

Lott explained what she is looking for in a player.

“As a coach, effort, hard work, and determination is what you want your players to have and to show. When it is present, winning takes care of itself,” she said.

Sophomore Alex Ferguson shared her thoughts on Lott.

“I think Mrs. Lott is a great addition to the Silver Lake staff and community. She helps out the students and athletes by being a great teacher and coach, and an excellent friend,” Ferguson said.

Lott’s favorite memory from this year so far was winning 3A state volleyball.

“My favorite part of state volleyball was getting to witness the girls’ hard work pay off. It’s nice to see the season all the way through, from the first practice to the state tournament. Throughout the whole season the girls had a determination and drive about them that was obvious to notice. That was my favorite memory from state volleyball, seeing the girls accomplish what they set out to do,” Lott said.  

Ziegler hits court as head coach once again
 
By Abby Brockmann - Friday, January 16, 2015
 
Lady Eagles Basketball Coach Loren Ziegler is back on track as head coach after five years of being assistant coach. Ziegler has been coaching for 36 years.

“The best part about being the head coach is the opportunity to set the goals and objectives for the program,” Ziegler stated.

He said being the assistant coach from 2009-2014 had its advantages and disadvantages.

“I was the assistant coach for five years after having been the head coach for 27 years. The best part was working a few less hours each week. The worst part was not being able to be as vocal in the games,” Ziegler said.

Ziegler has had a great amount of coaching experience.

“I have been coaching basketball for 36 years. I started coaching to make the big bucks,” he joked. “I did it because I enjoy the competition and working with players to help them be successful.”

The amount of time Ziegler has to put into being the head coach is the most difficult part about basketball season for him.

“The toughest part is the hours it takes preparing for games and sacrificing your time away from family and friends,” he commented.

Ziegler looks up to other coaches to inspire him in his coaching career.

“I have always looked up to many coaches who have mentored me in my coaching career, especially CJ Hamilton and Ken Darting. I have also studied John Wooden and follow his philosophy. Not only was he a consistent winning coach, he did it the right way with integrity and his values having a higher priority than winning,” Ziegler explained.

When it comes to game time, Ziegler motivates the players by reminding them of the tradition of Silver Lake High School.

“Because of our reputation and tradition, I stress to our players that every game has to be a bigger game for us than it is for them. We should get every opponent’s best shot, so we have to be ready to play at a high level to be successful,” he explained.

Throughout his coaching career he has made many memories.

“(The most memorable season) I think it was, believe it or not, when we had a losing season early in my career. I chose this year because I felt the players kept working hard for me, kept improving, and didn’t let their record cause them to give up. I thought at that time if I could get the players to do this in a tough season, I could surely do it when we were having a winning season,” Ziegler said.

Junior High Math Teacher Shelley Lane shared her best memories of Ziegler.

“My best memories with Coach Ziegler start after winning substate my senior year. To let us know how much he believed in us, he brought T-shirts into the locker room he had printed ahead of time for us to wear during the week to follow. The trip to Hutch and the state championship are by far unforgettable memories made with Coach Ziegler,” Lane shared.

Lane said Ziegler displays many characteristics as a coach.

“Coach Ziegler never asked us to do something as a coach he didn’t either do with us or hadn’t done himself as a player. Zig made sure we were prepared and had a game plan going into each and every game. We always knew when things were getting intense because Zig would take off his suit coat and literally throw it. Maybe on the floor, maybe behind the bench, who knows?” she explained.

She said there are many coaching qualities that Ziegler brings to the court.

“My favorite qualities about Zig are endless. I always said if I were to coach at a higher level I would use all the things I learned from Zig. Coach Ziegler is dedicated not only to his players, but to teaching the game. He is a motivator; every year he would start the season with a list of goals and celebrate with us as we accomplished them - very goal-oriented.

“Coach Zig is also disciplined. I can say that I still see these qualities in Coach Ziegler today as he helps my own daughters become better basketball players. I used to beg him to not let Carney’s senior year be his last year so both of my girls would have the same opportunities I had and so far so good. My fingers are crossed for two more good years,” Lane said.

With Ziegler’s coaching, the Lady Eagles strengths this year outweigh their weaknesses.

“Our biggest strengths are our quickness, balanced scoring, our depth, and our tough, competitive spirit. Our weaknesses are being able to match up height-wise against taller opponents and being able to rebound against taller teams,” Ziegler stated.

He said the varsity squad will face tough competition this year with league schools.

“Our hardest competition will be our league schools just like it always is. Our league schools always have good players and good coaches also,” he explained.

The “Silver Lake Way” is a saying very close to Ziegler’s heart.

“The ‘Silver Lake Way,’ to me, means a lot of things. It means our players always represent our school well by being respectful to our opponent, competing with great effort and intensity, being coachable, being a caring teammate, and playing to be champions every year,” he explained.