About This is a Test
As the ticking clock reminds you, only 60 minutes remain to complete this oh-so-important predictor of your future. But you didn't get the review sheets, the teacher doesn't like you and your classmates are blatantly cheating. Time passes and the voices in your head remind you that though you are having trouble with the test, your personal life is far, far worse. Then you reach the essay question. The good news—it's an opinion essay. The bad news—it's in Chinese. And things aren't going to get better!
St. Francis Borgia Regional High School
The St. Francis Borgia High School Department of Theatre and Speech is a state and nationally recognized department noted for its excellence in theatre and speech education. The department took second place in the state of Missouri's one-act competition with last year's “A Long Trip,” has won the Missouri State High School Activities Association District 6 one-act competition six of the past seven years, and took second place in the MSHSAA state one-act competition in 2022. The Borgia Speech team took first place in the Christian Interscholastic Speech League in 2020 and 2022, the theatre department has performed as a mainstage production six times at the Missouri Thespian Conference since 1996 including last year's We Live By The Sea, has been designated as a Missouri Thespian Honor Troupe every year since 1997, and was chosen as the Missouri delegate to the Chapter Select performance at the International Thespian Festival in 2015.
Director Tim Buchheit has been at the helm of the department since 1995 and has been chosen as the SFBRHS Teacher of the Year twice, the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, the Missouri Thespian Teacher of the Year, the Franklin County Relay for Life Hero for Hope, and has been inducted into the Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame.
Graduates of the department have performed and worked on technical crews around the world, including the current director of Late Night with Seth Meyers, former audio technician of Beautiful on tour and on Broadway and The Book of Mormon on tour, a video director at Saturday Night LIve, a performer on television's General Hospital, actors in the Oscar nominated movie Up in the Air, a former performer in the national tour of Wicked, and many more. Graduates also direct theatre departments at Union High School and Sullivan High School
The department annually sponsors Theatre for a Cause, through which it has donated well over $10000 to local and national charities, including Exceptional Equestrians, the American Cancer Society, and The Emmaus Home.