Drama teacher expresses enthusiasm about job

Drama teacher Todd Schaefer helps student sophomore Dashawn Griffin  move props during his third hour tech-theater class. (Photo by Sydney Gran)Felisha Smith
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Working as a drama and tech theater teacher for six and half years and co-sponsor for the thespians, Todd Schaefer “loves teaching I wouldn’t want to do anything else,” said Schaefer.

Schaefer graduated from Parkway North and then attended Truman State for college, where he received his BA in arts teacher with and emphasis in teaching. “I knew I was going to teach High School Theater, so I took everything I needed to do so,” said Schaefer.

“Mr. Schaefer is the most enthusiastic and involved teacher I know,” said senior Jonathan Puricelli.

While in college, Schaefer worked at a costume shop and was an intern at a theater. There he had to learn how to do lights, set up, building, directing, improve, acting and design for costumes.

“I tried to learn everything so I would be able to put a show together all by myself if I needed,” said Schaefer.

Schaefer was unable to count how many shows he has actually been in or involved in but his favorite one he had been in is, is called “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” He was able to play multiple characters in the show.

“Our school is one of few in the state that has a tech theater class, so we are really lucky in other schools the dads are building the sets or the English teachers are coming in to help. We are very blessed to have two drama teachers and to have Tech Theater,” said Schaefer.

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