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Directors

Directors

Raisa Lefé Rouse is the new Theatre Director for LHS.  Last year, she taught and directed middle school theatre for Dallas ISD and was inspired to continue a career in education! Prior to teaching, Raisa Lefé served as Director of Community Engagement for a Maryland State Senator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Morgan State University, and Master of Science in Arts Administration & Museum Leadership from Drexel University. Raisa Lefé has worked professionally in theatre and film both as an actress and behind the scenes, including work at The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Round House Theatre, and The Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center. Raisa Lefé was also a writer and theatre critic for Maryland Theatre Guide. She has worked directly with playwright John Waters (Hairspray) as well as producer/director David Talbert (Jingle Jangle) and served on Maryland Citizens for the Arts Emerging Arts Advocates committee for over 10 years. Raisa is currently a member of Texas Theatre Education Association. This proud mother of five hopes to use her passion for performing arts to be an inspiration to her students at Lovejoy!

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Lovejoy High School Theatre Director - Raisa Rouse

Mr. Michael Andereson teaches Theatre and Theatre Tech at Lovejoy HS. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from New Mexico State University. He is a bit of a dramaturg and has experience as an actor, props master, set construction, and makeup artist, for various plays.

Lovejoy High School Technical Director - Michael Anderson

Ms. Haley Wilborn is thrilled to be directing theater in Lovejoy ISD! She has been teaching Theater for 11 years with a degree in Theater Education from Midwestern State University. Her involvement in theater began in 1st grade, starting out as Tiny Tim in The Christmas Carol at The Water Tower Theater. Her favorite roles to play have been Shelby in Steel Magnolias and Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest. She has a fantastic family, including her husband Chris and 6 year old son, Hank. They have two sweet pups at home named Porter and Dolly! Ms. Wilborn is excited to be leading the middle school theatre program and can’t wait to partner with Ms. Rouse and Mr. Anderson to continue the excellence in Lovejoy ISD Theatre Arts.

Willow Springs Middle School Theatre Director - Haley Wilborn
DNA Statemens

DNA Statements & Standards

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Our theatre department is known for being a big, tightly knit family. We look out for one another and we strive to be supportive and encouraging to everyone involved in our program. We hold our students to extremely high standards.

DNA Statement: 

“Our mission is to create a comfortable environment where people feel safe to make artistic choices and make mistakes without being judged. We strive to produce quality art as a family filled with wonderful people and lasting memories.”

 

(Created by Production Class 2013-2014)


 

Lovejoy Theatre Standards: 

Keep in mind you are a representative of Lovejoy Theatre and all it stands for:​

  • We are organized and academically responsible.

  • We strive to maintain physical and emotional health.

  • We are focused and hard working.

  • We are able to “leave it at the door.”

  • We are dedicated to excellence in arts.

  • We treat each other with kindness and compassion

  • There is no difference between freshman or senior, Theatre 1 or Theatre 4, chorus or lead. Everybody shows respect to others. 

  • It takes everyone to produce great art. Actors and technicians work harmoniously and support one another. 

  • We respect and encourage each other’s extracurricular organizations throughout the school such as football, Majestics, band, and other ventures.  

  • We hold ourselves to a high standard and strive to represent the graduate profile.

  • We represent the theatre program well, no matter where we are or what we are doing. 

History

History

Founded by director Jessica Brewster and currently under the stewardship of Raisa Rouse, the Lovejoy High School Theatre Department began in 2006 and has been consistently recognized for its ability to produce impressive, ambitious productions. In conjunction with the choir department, the school has produced full-scale musicals to sold-out audiences. Lovejoy High School’s students, plays, and musicals have garnered many awards for both performing and technical achievements in UIL One-Act play competitions and the Schmidt & Jones Awards. An Improv Troupe began in 2015 and was named, “Lovejoy, Unscripted”.  In 2016, the department chartered Lovejoy’s first International Thespian Troupe #8345, which participates every year in the Texas Thespian State Festival, with multiple students qualifying each year for nationals. In 2023 the program once again hired a Technical Director, Michael Anderson.

2023-2024

  • Clue

2022-2023

  • All in the Timing

  • The Princess and the Moon

  • Fine Arts Festival Improv Shows

  • The Addams Family

  • Nevermore! (Region Qualifiers, UIL OAP)

  • The Cover of Life

2021- 2022

  • Lost Boy

  • All Together Now!

  • The Dining Room

  • Fine Arts Festival Improv Shows

  • Judy Moody

  • High School Musical

  • Silent Sky (Bi-District Champions, UIL OAP)

  • Grit Collective

2020 - 2021

  • Land of Forgotten Toys

  • Santa’s Workshop Got Talent

  • Beehive : The Musical

  • Wit (Bi-District Champions, UIL OAP)

  • Grit Collective 

2019-2020

  • You Can’t Take It With You

  • All in the Timing

  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School

  • Fine Arts Festival Shows 

  • Improv Shows

  • The Pirates of Penzance

  • The Kentucky Cycle (no UIL - COVID)

2018-2019

  • Hot Topic: High Hopes

  • Orphan Train 

  • Princess and The Moon

  • Fine Arts Festival Shows 

  • Improv Shows

  • Grease 

  • Anatomy of Gray (State Finalist, UIL OAP) 

  • The Cover of Life

  • The Ruby Sunrise 

  • The Yellow Boat 

2017-2018

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • The Ant and The Grasshopper

  • Almost, Maine

  • Fine Arts Festival Shows

  • Improv Shows

  • The Sound of Music

  • Violet Sharp (Alternate to Area, UIL OAP)

  • The Diary of Anne Frank

  • The Staggering Heartbreak of Jasmine Merriweather

  • Over the River and Through the Woods 

2016-2017

  • Peter and the Starcatcher

  • Attack of the Pom-Pom Zombies

  • Fine Arts Festival Shows

  • Improv Shows

  • Fiddler on the Roof

  • Wit (Alternate to State, UIL OAP)

  • Air Bud: The Musical!

2015-2016

  • Hot Topic: Be the Light  

  • Book of Everything

  • Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Seussical: the Musical

  • Nevermore! (Region Qualifiers, UIL OAP)

2014-2015

  • Princess and the Moon

  • The Dining Room

  • Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Oklahoma!

  • Waving Goodbye (District Qualifiers, UIL OAP)

2013-2014

  • You Can’t Take It With You

  • All in the Timing

  • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

  • Annie

  • The Women of Lockerbie (Region Qualifiers, UIL OAP)

2012-2013

  • Hot Topic #The New Generation

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

  • Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Little Shop of Horrors

  • Sweet Nothing In My Ear (State Qualifiers, UIL OAP)

2011-2012

  • The Ant and The Grasshopper

  • The Dining Room

  • Charlie Brown Christmas

  • The Music Man (Best Musical, Lyric Stage’s Schmidt and Jones Awards)

  • Kentucky Cycle: Fire in the Hole (Region Qualifiers, UIL OAP)

2010-2011

  • The Miracle Worker

  • Almost Maine

  • Into The Woods

  • Nevermore! (Alternate to Area, UIL OAP)

2009-2010

  • Hot Topic (2)

  • The Crucible

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • Bye Bye Birdie

  • The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Alternate to State, UIL, OAP)

2008-2009

  • Nunsense: Teacher Show

  • Dearly Beloved

  • To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

  • The Sound of Music

  • Wit (Alternate to Region, UIL OAP)

2007-2008

  • You Can’t Take It With You

  • Beauty and The Beast

  • And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson (State Qualifier, UIL OAP)

2006-2007

  • Hot Topic

  • When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet

  • Seussical: The Musical

  • I Never Saw Another Butterfly (District Champs, UIL OAP)

 

Our Traditions

Our Traditions

There are many things that make our theatre program unique. There are a few pre-show rituals as well as yearly traditions that we always make sure to do.

 

  • Gold Pins- Before each show, actors and crew members go around and pin a gold safety pin on one another to signify that “we all come together to create one product” and for good luck. Seniors pin freshmen, and then theatre veterans pin newcomers. 

 

  • Lucky Penny- On her first day at Lovejoy, Brewster found a penny on the ground and stuck it between the stage floor and tile near the hospitality room. Before each show, tap it twice for good luck!

 

  • Shake Down- Before every performance all company members participate in the “shake down”. It’s a way to release stress and tension before the show begins. 

 

  • Circle Up- Before each performance, the company circles up for warm ups and encouragement to prepare for the show. 

 

  • Theatre Awards Banquet-

    • Dorothy Barnett Award- This award honors Dorothy Barnett, an impactful member of our theatre community. This award is given to the most encouraging and uplifting student throughout the entire year.

    • Lovejoy Legacy Award- This is given to the senior who left the greatest impact on the theatre department throughout their high school career. This senior is nominated by the students, and the other top nominees are featured on the legacy wall. 

    • Outstanding Technician- This is given to the student who exemplifies outstanding work as a technician throughout the year and goes above and beyond.

    • Drama Queen/King

    • Most Dedicated

    • Most Improved

    • Best Newcomer

    • Show Awards- Students will receive awards based on their involvement in shows throughout the year. 

    • Silly Awards- At the end of the year at our banquet, the seniors team up for silly awards. They create personalized, fun awards for each student. Make sure to RSVP to take part. 

 

  • Legacy Wall- The recipient of the Lovejoy Legacy Award as well as the other top nominees will have their headshot hung on the wall of the black box to encourage others to strive for excellence. 

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