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Spartan Players

Student Board:
Senior Board Member- Lucas DeGirolamo is a senior this year at OTHS. He's been a member of the Spartan Players' drama club since his freshman year, performing in shows such as Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), The Addams Family (Lucas Beineke), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Jack), and Pippin (Pippin). Outside theatrical credits include West Side Story (A-Rab), Into the Woods (Cinderella's Prince), and Ragtime (Newsboy). Lucas studied drama at the Berridge Conservatory in Normandy, France, last summer, and was a Two River Theater Metro Scholar 2015-16. He is also this year's senior student director. Lucas credits the majority of his growth in high school to the incredible mentorship and supporting family of the Spartan Players.

Senior Board Member-Emma Kremer, a senior, has been involved with the Spartan Players for four years. She has been in six shows with the drama club including: Almost Maine (Marci), Pippin (Nobel/Lead Dancer), and The Addams Family. She has also been dancing for three years and taking singing lessons for five. This summer she had the opportunity to perform In the Heights (dancer/ensemble) with Pivotal Productions . Emma’s very passionate about the arts and hopes to continue singing and acting throughout college.

Board Member-Jack Andrus, a junior, has made it the centerpiece of his high school career to participate in and support the performing arts at OTHS.  Jack is a lover of music both vocal and instrumental, demonstrated in his wholehearted participation in the OTHS Concert Band, Marching Band, Pep Band and Chamber Choir.  In addition to his love for music, he’s been part of each Spartan Players production since he arrived, and is ecstatic to continue the tradition, whether it be onstage or behind the scenes.  To him, the arts are the sincerest form of expression; for that reason, he is honored to serve on the Spartan Players’ board, and to help bring the opportunity to create and perform to each student at OTHS!

Dance Captain-Summer Lampinen, a junior, is extremely excited to be a part of the drama club this year as dance captain. Over the course of thirteen years, she has performed at many dance competitions as well as several other events including recitals. This is her third year as a Spartan Dancer and she would like to thank Mrs. Werthwein as well as the Spartan Players for allowing her this amazing opportunity to work with the drama club for Anything Goes. She looks forward to the show and is excited to see you there!
Stage Manager- Liz Zabat, a junior, has been a member of the Spartan Players for three years. Beginning as a painter in her freshman year drama of Black Box Theater, she moved on to become the assistant stage manager during the spring musical, The Addams Family. With the torch of stage manager recently passed to her hands, she ran her first show of Pippin. Outside of the Spartan Players, she performs in the Ocean Grove summer shows where she is, surprisingly enough, in the scene and not cuing it from stage right. She can usually be found in the woodshop cleaning brushes or trying to screw things until realizing that the drill is going in the wrong direction. Much has changed since her days as a painter but she can only wish that the future holds many more wonderful memories, paint-covered jeans, and grey couches.

Board Member- Shelby Pickelny is currently a junior at Ocean Township High School. Having participated in all-but-one possible shows as a Spartan Player, she couldn’t be more excited to take on the respected position as an upperclassman and board member. Outside from her involvement in in-school and out-of-school theater, Shelby plays field hockey within the school and dances ballet. With the help of Mrs. Werthwein, she has also recently discovered her love for tap dance! Shelby believes that becoming involved with theater all of those years ago was the best decision she has ever made, and encourages anyone and everyone to try any aspect of a production- whether it be on stage, in the wings, in the lighting booth, or behind the sound table! We really are a family.