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                                     Tara Whitman, Director of Theatre, has been an                                        active member in the performing arts                                                        community for over twenty years. She is an                                                Alumna of West Orange High School and

                                     Thespian of Troupe 1983. Mrs. Whitman studied                                      Theatre at Savannah College of Art & Design                                             and earned her B.A. in Theatre Studies with a                                          minor in Education from the University of Central Florida. Upon graduation, she was hired as the Theatre Director/Communications & Arts in Performance Academy (Performance Art Academy) Director of Atlantic High School, Volusia County. 

 

In addition to working the past thirteen years as the Resident Choreographer of West Orange High School’s Theatre Department, she has worked professionally with many of Central Florida’s theatre companies including Bay Street Players (David Clevinger), IceHouse Theatre (Darlin Barry), Rollins College, and Osceola Center for the Arts (Donald Rupe). 

 

Her West Orange directing credits include "Into The Woods", "Shrek The Musical", and the high school premiere of "Bright Star". She has been awarded many “Best in Show” and “Critics' Choice” honors in the Florida State Thespian system and, multiple “Outstanding Choreography” awards from the Dr. Phillips Center.  Mrs. Whitman is a member of FATE (Florida Association of Theatre Educators) and EdTA (Educational Theatre Association).

OFFICERS OF TROUPE 1983, 2019-2020

PRESIDENT- Angela Rameriez

VICE PRESIDENT- Jolie Desruisseau

VICE PRESIDENT- Carlton Morrissey

VICE PRESIDENT- Jessie Roddy

SECRETARY- Katie Ennis 

MARKETING- Aakash Dookhie

MARKETING- Peyton Brown 

FUNDRAISING-Jacob Gonzalez

COMMUNITY LIAISON-Bella Crosby

PARENT LIAISON- Julio Peña

FACILITIES COORDINATOR- Ryan Chillinsky  

West Orange Theatre Department is based in Winter Garden, Florida. Students design or assist with all aspects of the production: Sets, Paint, Lighting, Hair & Makeup, etc. The West Orange Theatre Department strives to create professional quality theatre. Over the past decade, hundreds of talented high school students (and some even younger! ) 

have contributed their efforts and talents to this program day after day, and created a legacy for themselves and others.

THESPIAN TROUPE 1983

The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association’s student honorary organization. ITS recognizes the achievements of high school and middle school theatre students and has inducted more than 2 million Thespians since 1929. ITS celebrates the work of both actors and technicians, provides student leadership opportunities, hosts conferences and festivals, and much more.

 

West Orange High School is home to Thespian Troupe 1983, which is part of Florida District V. New members who meet the qualifications are inducted into Troupe 1983 each spring. The troupe has over 40 members.

 

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Tel: 407.905.2400 ext. 6162282

West Orange High School Theatre

1625 Beulah Road

Winter Garden, FL 34787

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