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East HS performance marks the school's first play in 10 years


Kansas City, May 3, 2018: After about a decade of being dormant, East High School recently relaunched its theater program with a well-received performance of Joseph Stein’s play, Enter Laughing.

The comedy is set in New York City in the mid-1930’s and is about Carl Reiner’s break in show business. Reiner, 95, is a stand-up comedian, actor, director, and writer. In the 1960’s, he was best know as the creator, producer, writer and actor on The Dick Van Dyke Show, as well as starring in many movies.

The production included 12 cast members and three crew, with student Joshua Cruz playing the lead. Language arts and drama teacher Karen Anderson was the director, and special music was provided by band teacher Tim Hoggard.

Anderson took a position at East High School in part because she wanted to help revive the school’s theatre program. She has extensive teaching, performing and directing experience in drama.


“Theatre can be such a valuable experience for high school students because it helps them make sense of their lives and the world,” Anderson said. “The drama program at East is going to grow and expand!”