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From Stage Crew to Stage Manager: Brooke Dress and her experience backstage

Alyssa Tyler
Brooke Dress at rehearsal for Newsies

What started out as something to do with friends quickly became a passion for Brooke Dress. The 11th grader has been doing theater since middle school, and now is on track to be the UHS Drama Stage Manager in her senior year.

Brooke is a very kind person who always works hard to make sure the job is done right. Though she can be serious and locked in at times, if you really get to know her, Brooke can really make you laugh. During the interview she made a bunch of little comments (mostly inside jokes) that would make anyone laugh. She is also laid back, whether that comes to her style or the way she can easily deescalate a situation.

Brooke’s theater journey started in 7th grade when she was in her middle school’s production of The Rockin Tale of Snow White. But that was quickly brought to an end because of COVID. “I did it because my friends were doing theater, and it sort of just followed me into high school,” Brooke said with a laugh. Brooke’s first real show was her freshman year of high school, when she did running crew for The Bold, The Young, and The Murdered. She has been on crew for every show since.

When asked why she still continues to do theater, Brooke doesn’t have a clear answer. It could be the friendships she has made these past years or maybe it is just something she loves doing. (I have known Brooke for three years now, so deep down I hope that I have helped her stay in theater.)

Alongside Jason Holman, Brooke has been the assistant stage manager for each of the UHS Drama Department shows this year. The shows this year were very taxing on the stage manager and the assistants. But Brooke stayed strong and made the shows as great as she could. She hopes to continue to put on great shows going into her senior year.

Brooke Dress is someone everyone should look up to, even teachers. She is a beacon of light in the UHS Drama department and has plans to make it even better than it is when she is manager next year.

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Alyssa Tyler
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Alyssa Tyler is a senior at Urbana High School. Alyssa has moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Urbana Maryland at 14 years old. “It was definitely a culture shock, but I’m glad I’m here,” she mentioned.  She has loved her time at Urbana and has loved all the friends and experiences she has had here. Alyssa’s biggest dream is costume designing for broadway. She also enjoys music, books, singing, and traveling. The dream of costume designing started after seeing Lion King on Broadway and then sketching wedding dresses in the 9th grade with inspiration from Say Yes to the Dress. This has led her to becoming the costume manager in Urbana High School's drama department.  Alyssa Tyler has loved traveling for a long time. She loves the idea of going to new places as well as seeing and doing new things that she would have never done at home. Alyssa is also a huge fan of music. Her top genres are 90’s grunge and modern pop. One of her favorite artists is Taylor Swift and she actually attended the Eras tour concert  in June. “It was such an amazing experience, I’m really glad I went,” she said.  Other artists she likes include Tate McRae, Foo Fighters, and Nirvana. She plays guitar as well as sings! Books are also an escape for Alyssa, saying that books are a way to escape the world and music is a way to drown it out.

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