Mrs. Diane Payne

Phone: 785-286-8300


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Mrs. Diane Payne

Ms. Payne is a 36 year veteran of all aspects of theatre. Performance, voice, costuming, supervision of technical design and construction, make-up, direction, writing, casting, auditioning, dialects, publicity, acting etc., "Diva" (nickname) has been on the Fine Arts Team at SHS going into her 17th year. She has a child named ZEPPA, a French Bulldog, who like many children has selective hearing! Ms. Payne has been inducted to the Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy's Hall of Fame. She has performed on virtually every stage in Topeka. WU, TCTA, Helen Hocker, and many others. Not every student goes on to perform/work in theatre as a career, but many students have majored in theatre at KU, KSU, Emporia University, and a few a now working in the professional world of theare. Others have gone on to embrace community theatre in Topeka.

Ms. Diva's passion is watching student actors bring the story of a script to life. Technicians design, build, paint a set as the backdrop to the story to share with a live audience. Just as playing on a team- theatre takes commitment, time, and positive attitiude.

Our first production this year is a hilarious production titled THE GREEK MYTHOLOGY OLYMPIAGANZA. We will be reading the script in all Diva's theatre classes- to better prepare actors for the auditions on August 26th, Callbacks August 27th. Rehearsals will be from 3:30 pm -5:30 pm Starting Tuesday Sept. 1st. Questions? Come to w-18 or the stage. Or feel free to text her at 785-224-7601. A student does not have to be enrolled in theatre classes to audition. All students at SHS are welcome to audtion. This is going to be the best year ever! Come be a part of our theatre family.