The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7:39 pm

Bishop Luers theater director guiding students

Jamie Duffy The Journal Gazette

When Bishop Luers theater director Karlene Krouse chooses a show, she thinks about her students, not the show.

“I pick my shows by the talent I have in the school,” Krouse said. “I don’t mind repeating a show.” She’s directed Les Misérables twice and Wizard of Oz three times.

She’s been at her post since 1985 and has directed around 150 shows. For about six years, she has directed the high school’s dual-credit theater program through IPFW, she said.

Krouse has three theater classes with about 60 students, three choir classes with 80 students and 64 students in the show choir, which meets after school, “which is pretty good considering we only have 590 kids in our high school.”

She directs the fall play, the Christmas musical and the spring musical.

“My goal is when a student graduates from Bishop Luers, they’ve been either in my theater class or they’ve been on my stage,” Krouse said.

The weekend of Dec. 5, Krouse’s thespians performed “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” A former student, Cindy Figel, was the choreographer. Joe Crouch, now a calculus teacher and Krouse’s assistant director, was a Luers’ valedictorian, went to Notre Dame and majored in mathematics and theater. 

Krouse’s theater students have gone on to New York to do voice overs, work for production companies and one even to California to be a talent agent. Some former students have come back to work locally, such as singer Fernando Tarango, and Renee Gonzales, who had worked in New York and played Marty in “Grease” while at Luers.

Michael Oberholtzer, a 2002 graduate, is scheduled to open in March in a Broadway show, “Hand to God.”

“It got great reviews off-Broadway,” Krouse said.

A graduate of Butler University with a degree in music and a minor in theater, she found out as a piano player that she liked the production end of theater. Krouse sees theater as an education opportunity for students that makes them well-rounded.

“Our show choir is like a football team. They are looked up to in our school. The people involved in the theater are looked up to,” Krouse said.

Manchester University

In early December, Manchester University received a $21,000 rebate check from the Energizing Indiana program for replacing two chillers and adding a leading-edge monitoring system that ensures energy is used only where and when it’s needed. One of the old chillers was more than 30 years old. Consuming less energy to cool buildings helps the environment, saves money and helps Manchester contain costs.

North Side High School

In December, North Side High School began offering after-school meals to students participating in study tables. The pilot program is being offered through the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Indiana Department of Education, Division of School and Community Nutrition Programs. The goal of the program is to improve the diets of students and increase the opportunity to eat a variety of nutritious foods. Any North Side student involved in the after-school study tables can participate in the meal program at no cost. Meals will include an entrée sandwich, fruit, vegetables, occasional dessert and beverage.

Mayor’sEngagement Council

The Fort Wayne Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council has newly elected members for 2014-15: Aliza Adhami, 12, Canterbury, President; Haseeb Akbar, 11, Canterbury; Ben Bailey, 12, Blackhawk Christian; Taylor Burke, 12, Bishop Dwenger, Treasurer; Kayla Carver, 10, Northrop; Aparna Chintapalli, 12, Homestead; Jason Elkins, 12, South Side; Harvey Gill, 12, Canterbury; Jasmine Jackson, 11, Concordia Lutheran, Secretary; Ru Lee Kim, 12, Homestead; Breon Kinnie, 11, New Tech Academy at Wayne; Heather Klinger, 11, Concordia Lutheran; Clare Lopez, 12, Carroll, Vice President; Kaleb McCague, 10, Snider; Bryson McKee, 11, New Tech Academy at Wayne; Jesse Radike, 11, Snider; Wendy Samayoa, 10, New Tech Academy at Wayne; Nygeria Smith, 12, Snider; Hope Steele, 11, Canterbury; Kendra Yarian, 11, Northrop.  

Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast

On Friday, Ivy Tech will hold an Express Enrollment Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for prospective students, applicants and current students to start enrolling for spring 2015 classes. They can apply to the college, learn about financial aid options, meet with an adviser, receive assessment, enroll for classes and more. Spring 2015 classes begin Jan. 12. Accelerated classes that run for four, eight or 12 weeks begin Feb. 9 and March 16. Other enrollment days are scheduled for Jan. 10 and  Jan. 23.  Enrollment takes place at the Student Life Center, North Campus, at 3701 Dean Drive.

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