The Performing Arts Company at Gull Lake High School can provide a unique opportunity for those interested in theater, and senior Mackenzie Sternburgh is adamant that anyone looking for a chance to be apart of it and a family should join.
“Every show that we are in, we all get really close,” senior Mackenzie Sternburgh said.
The family aspect of growing closer to others is what Sternburgh enjoys most about PAC.
“I really enjoyed my freshman year of PAC. I think [it] stands out because we were all so close,” Sternburgh said.
Sternburgh’s freshman experiences of travelling for shows and figuring out theater with other members made it her most memorable year so far.
Mackenzie said she hopes to finish senior year like she did freshman year, with a goal to make it to the state finals, which she said the team hasn’t done since the freshman year.
“It would be really great to go out of my senior year with a bang,” Sternburgh said.
Of the many positives for joining PAC, the variety in performances is a big one.
“The show is never the same two nights in a row, it’s always unique,” Sterburgh said.
While she said each show had its positives her favorite shows were either “The Gift” or “The Veldt.”.
“If you love live theater you will love PAC,” Sterburgh said.
Those in PAC form a bond that go beyond the performances themselves
For those looking to grow as an individual, PAC can act as a catalyst: “PAC has taught me how to be a leader. It has also taught me basic theater etiquette and it has left me with a stronger love for theater,” Sterburgh said.
PAC can also help in determining a future career area.
“Because of PAC, theater is something that I want to consider as a career,” Sterburgh said.
For Mackenzie, the experiences and growth along with the memories made has made PAC more than worth it. Her favorite memory involved a kissing scene during “The Gift”, in which Ethan Leggett and Megan Scott kissed as part of a performance, resulting in Leggett’s mustache ending up on Scott’s upper lip. “It took everything I had to not laugh,” Sterburgh said.
The reality of it being Mackenzie’s final year on PAC has weighed heavy, “It’s going to be really hard to leave it this year,” Sterburgh said. Although the curtain may be closing on her time in PAC, she is still “Really excited to come back and see what they put on in future years, especially when we get that auditorium,” Sterburgh said.
If interested in joining or learning more about PAC, more information can be found on Mrs. Oulette’s page.