Senior Spotlight: Dusty Plume

Activities: I’ve been a member of the UHS drama club since my freshman year, and am the only four-year musical member this year. I played Reverend Henry T. Dobson in Anything Goes, Orin Scrivello in Little Shop of Horrors and Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Fun Fact: My dream musical roles are Jekyll/Hyde (Jekyll & Hyde), Shakespeare (Something Rotten) and Anatole (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812). My favorite role that I have played is, undoubtedly, Orin Scrivello (Little Shop of Horrors).

Favorite Quote: “Vice-versa vice versus virtue, well who I am I choose through all the things I do. And if it rhymes, it’s true. But I hate poetry.”

Favorite High School Memory: While I don’t have a specific memory in mind, I would probably say my collective experience with the drama club. All the relationships I’ve cultivated over the years with the people in the club have bolstered my confidence and self-image, and getting to know such a diverse group of people has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life.

Advice for Upcoming Seniors: It goes by just as quick as people say it does… You won’t even realize it’s happening, but by the time you do, you’ll be in the same shoes that the seniors before you had filled. Most importantly, make the most of the time you share with people in the present, and don’t let college stress you out—absolutely take a gap year if you can! You may never see the people who you surround yourself with now upon graduation, so make the most of the little things while you can.

Future Plans: I will be attending a mixology school in Youngwood called Wines, Steins & Cocktails upon graduating. After receiving my mixology certifications, I will then work in that field until I definitively know what I want to pursue—when that revelation finally comes, I will seize the opportunity and truly fulfill the expectations which people have placed on me.

Shout Outs and Thank Yous: Charles Durso, above all, and the drama club—no program has been more instrumental in cracking the cloistered carapace which encased me during my freshman year. Each role I’ve brought to life in the theatre has subsequently lived on through me, and their influence is integral in my current, confident countenance. Similarly, I would like to thank everyone who I have met in the drama club, especially Brody Smith—the relationships I have fostered have had lasting effects on my development as person, and I cannot thank everyone enough for all the laughs and Canton we’ve shared in the auditorium.

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