Kaelyn Kappes – Class of 2017
Kaelyn Kappes graduated from Francis Parker School in 2017 and now attends Muhlenberg College. She is majoring in Theatre and Psychology and hopes to find ways to incorporate aspects of both into her professional life and career. During her time at Parker, Kaelyn performed in 10 Drama Club Productions and assistant directed and choreographed several more. She also served as the Drama Club president from 2016-2017 and loved working with the other officers and members to try to ensure the club was running as smoothly and vibrantly as possible. Kaelyn will forever treasure the acting training she received from Mrs. M, because it is truly unparalleled in intensity and value. In addition to the incredible quality of Mrs. M’s acting training, Kaelyn is extremely thankful for the life skills she has perfected through the Parker theatre program, including presenting effectively, developing a strong stage presence, efficient problem solving, and flexibility, because these abilities continue to help her in all areas, from her theatre performances in college to her job as a Muhlenberg campus tour guide. Of course, she would not be where she is today without the support of her family, friends, fellow Drama Club members, and of course, Mrs. M, and so she’d like to thank them from the bottom of her heart.
Bryce Kelety – Class of 2017
Bryce Kelety graduated from Francis Parker in 2017 and currently attends Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC. He is planning on majoring in International Politics. His favorite parts of theatre at Parker were working on lighting design and performing in Into the Woods. Bryce continues his work in theatre with Georgetown’s Mask and Bauble Theatre Society, working backstage as a Technical Director and Set Designer. Last year he was honored to be awarded the Mask and Bauble Ted Parker Award for an Extraordinary Season Member.
Emma Steiner – Class of 2017
Emma Steiner graduated from Parker in 2017, and is now attending the University of Michigan for her BFA in Acting. A few highlights from her years at Parker were Carrie the Musical(Carrie), Into the Woods (Cinderella), and Shrek the Musical (Fiona). This summer, she directed a production of Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 and studied Practical Aesthetics at the Atlantic Acting School. Theatre at Parker has made an impact in her life as it has sprung her into a dedicated study of acting.
Hersheeta Suri – Class of 2017
Hershey Suri is at her second year at Pomona college double majoring in Politics and Theatre. During her time at Francis Parker Drama Club, she held the officer positions of both Historian and Secretary. Hershey performed in seven Drama Club productions and traveled with the troupe to CALFest. At college, she has been extremely active with the theatre department on campus. As a freshman she was selected for the role as Kit Kat Girl in “Cabaret the Musical”. She then went on to direct her first show entitled “Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche.” Hershey is now an officer for the Claremont Consortiums student theatre club “The Green Room” and she is organizing a 24hr play festival for the 2018 Fall Season. Her plans for the future are to become an attorney who works with human and civil rights. However, theatre is and always be a huge part of who she is.
Caroline Lezny – Class of 2016
Caroline Lezny graduated from Francis Parker in 2016. She now attends the University of Notre Dame where she is pursuing degrees in English and Film/Television/Theatre. Caroline served as the 2015-2016 Drama Club President, and performed in several Parker theatre productions including Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Chicago (Velma Kelly), The Miracle Worker (Annie Sullivan), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky). At Notre Dame, Caroline is a proud member of the Pasquerilla East Musical Company (PEMCo), the university’s sole student-run musical theatre organization. She has had the opportunity to perform in both student and faculty run shows, and to explore such areas of theatre as playwriting and costume design. In 2017 Caroline directed the William Finn musical A New Brain through PEMCo, and hopes to continue performing, writing, and directing through her college career and beyond.
Henry Aceves – Class of 2016
Henry Aceves graduated from Parker in 2016 and is currently a junior BFA Theatre major at Emerson College in Boston, MA. He is concentrating on playwriting and dramaturgy within his major but has remained active as a performer, most recently attending Shakespeare & Company’s Summer Training Institute in Lenox, MA. Being a member of the Drama Club at Parker and performing in their shows was one of the best parts of his high school experience and taught him so much about collaboration, perseverance, and how the theatre community really is a family. Theatre has helped him realize just how integral art is to social change and how beneficial it is to people’s lives.
Justin Washabaugh – Class of 2016
Justin Washabaugh graduated from Francis Parker School in 2016 after acting as the 2015-2016 Drama Club President. Now, he is attending the University of California, San Diego as a Chemistry student with a minor in Theatre. He worked on several Drama Club productions, and his fondest memories are of working with the younger students in Shrek: The Musical and of performing in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear). At UCSD, he has acted, directed, and worked in tech for several undergraduate and graduate productions, including a performance in Anansi, the Story King (Little Anansi). Although his Major is in General Chemistry, he enjoys the chance to study theatre as well, especially given the chance to work closely with the La Jolla Playhouse through the university. He aims to bridge the two subjects by conducting research in synthetic organic chemistry and communicating socially impactful results to the general public with the skills he has earned from his education in the theatre arts.