I met Kathrine Olenick before any of our other graduating high school seniors, when I coordinated the Showcase Show Off Talent Show at the North Theatre. She was passionate about singing, and her mom told me she loved musicals, so I encouraged her to try out for our Broadway Adventure program.
Eventually, Kathrine came out to audition for my production of Godspell, Jr. I always incorrectly say that she was in High School Musical, because it truly seems like she has been with us as long as the other teens. She has participated in too many shows to count, including the first UST production, Willy Wonka. I’ve been pleased and impressed by Kathrine’s growth, as she went from solidly performing important ensemble roles to take the lead in Grease (Rizzo) and Once on This Island, Jr. (Storyteller). We were happy to have Kathrine’s strong voice and work ethic as she travelled with us to the Junior Theatre Festival, where she accepted the group award for Excellence in Acting.
Kathrine is not just a fantastic acting student — we are proud to say that she will be graduating as the Valedictorian of Dan River High School. We are proud of all of her accomplishments, and know she has a bright future!
This is what Kathrine has to say about her plans:
“As a senior in high school, plans for my future have been on my mind quite a bit. This fall, I will be attending James Madison University as an Honors student and soon, I will be deciding on a major. While considering all of this, I know that my experiences at Union Street Theatre will have a great impact. My experiences there, from ensemble roles to my favorite, Rizzo in Grease, have all convinced me to continue to be involved in theatre. As I begin to make important decisions regarding my future and as my life begins to take off, I am thankful that all of my Union Street Theatre experiences have helped me discover an aspect of my life that I hope to keep as I take on this new stage of life, as a college student.”
We are thankful for our time with you – BREAK A LEG, Kathrine!
Melissa & the UST/DMR Family