Various ancient Greek heroes and heroines compete on the reality show Olympus’ Next Top Hero. Hosted by sun god Apollo, stage managed by goddess of wisdom Athena, and judged by huntress Artemis, lord of the dead Hades, and queen of the gods Hera, mortals and immortals alike compete to be Olympus’ Next Top Hero! The judges don’t really believe that Perseus has the head of Medusa in his sack and he can’t vindicate himself without turning the entire audience to stone. The Furies scare away hero Theseus. Hercules has little time to discuss his Heroic deeds as he is chased by his adoring fans. The Muses think that they should win, because what could be more heroic than inspiring the arts? In the end, it seems that perhaps the stage manager, goddess of wisdom, Athena, might be the unsung hero behind every great Greek hero.

Waynesville High School

Waynesville High School Drama Club and Thespian Troupe #1669 
“Act well your part, there all honor lies.”   -Thespian Motto

Waynesville High School is home to one of the most comprehensive high school theatre programs in the state of Missouri. The WHS Theatre Department offers a Basic Survey and History of Theatre Course (Theatre I), a Basic Acting Course (Theatre II), a Theatre Technology Course (Theatre III), Ensemble Acting and Directing Course (Theatre IV), and a Pre-professional and College Readiness Course (Intensified Theatre). These courses combined with the production of quality high school plays and musicals that provide dramatic, technical, and management experiences for our students, produce a rewarding experience in the theatre arts. Our goal is to produce plays that are as professional as the age and appearance of the cast will permit. Students, who qualify, can join the International Thespian Society, an honor society for high school theatre students and a division of the Educational Theatre Association. Those students can participate in the Missouri State Thespian Conference. The department produces two full-length plays or musicals a year. Students have the opportunity to direct a one act play through the Theatre IV course and participate in the MSHSAA District Speech Tournament in the one act play competition.