Umbaugh takes acting career to Ohio University

Brittany Patton
News/Opinion Editor

Senior Melanie Umbaugh introduces David Ives' "A Sure Thing," which she directed.
Senior Melanie Umbaugh introduces David Ives’ “A Sure Thing,” which she directed.

Her greatest accomplishment is being called “The Beyoncé of homework” by Ravenna Kerr-Grant. She is Melanie Umbaugh.

Umbaugh would be considered a triple threat: an actress, writer and director. She has written and/or directed eight one acts.

About if she likes acting or directing more, Umbaugh said, “Both. I like acting because you can be another person, and I like directing because I’m bossy.”

Todd Schaefer, drama teacher, who has worked with Umbaugh said she’s a good writer and a talker.

Umbaugh plans to attend Ohio University, Honors Tutorial College for theater to continue her passion for being involved in the theater world. She is officer of Thespian Troupe 191 and the only thespian with triple honors, meaning she has received over 180 points from being in shows.

She also was a semi-finalist in the National Merit Program, which means she had a high score on the PSAT test. She was the only senior this year to receive this honor.

Her favorite play to act in was called “Buried Child” by Sam Shepard. She played Shelly, a prostitute.

About what she will miss the most when she goes off to college, Umbaugh said, “The employees at Starbucks that know me.”


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