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A leading lady

Senior shares passion for all things theater
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Kristina Colburn
Glancing to the side, Senior Riley White participates in theater practice in preparation for their show, “Murder on the Orient Express” on Aug. 29, 2023. White has been a member of the Tiger Theatre story for six years.

Entering the Sullivan Performing Arts Center for the first time as a middle schooler, the amount of opportunity can be overwhelming. When joining the Tiger Theatre Company, students face the choice of where they want to be involved, acting or technical crew.

Occasionally, a student talented enough to do both will come along. Whether she’s in the costume or making it, senior Riley White plays a huge role in producing shows at Texas High.     

A part of the Tiger Theatre company since the sixth grade, White developed her passion early in her career. 

 “My first time acting was in the 5th grade musical at Morriss Elementary,” White said. “I decided to continue theater in middle school because several of my friends were doing the same, and then eventually I really got into everything [the theater company] offers.” 

While most people join theater for a chance to be in the spotlight, White shines just as much behind the curtains as she does in front of them.

“I think that the work on both sides of the stage is equally important,” White said. “So I always feel happy to help wherever I’m needed for a specific show.”

When White joined Tiger Theatre Company her freshman year, she took interest in technical theater. She already found enjoyment in fashion, so the costume crew happened to be a great fit for her. 

“I was already into fashion and theater, so this was a way for me to do both of those,” White said. “When I heard the company was looking for a new costumer, I wanted to offer my help.”

After spending her freshman year shadowing the job, White decided that she finds comfort in costume creation.

I always feel happy to help wherever I’m needed for a specific show

— Riley White

 “I really love the creative aspect [of costuming], and being able to style characters as if they were real people,” White said.

When Riley’s sophomore year started, she took over the role of head costumer. Since then, she participates in every production TTC has done. 

Although Riley discovered a new love for costuming, she didn’t want to give up acting. Since she dedicated hours of her time over the course of three years, she was given the title of “Tech-tor.” Techtors not only act on the stage, but also help out behind the scenes.

“Being a techtor is fun because I have the ability to see the stage in a new light,” White said.

Not only has White created award-winning clothing for the actors to wear, she continues to excel in her acting, winning individual awards at UIL OAP for her performance. She proves as a huge asset to the Tiger Theatre Company, and demonstrates qualities of an excellent example for students to follow in years to come.

“I have loved being able to costume for all of my high school years,” White said. “And I think being a techtor has really helped me understand theater from more than just one point of view.”

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Kateleigh Crowson
Kateleigh Crowson, Staff Writer
Kateleigh Crowson is a first-year staff member of THS Publications. She is an active member of STUCO, Leader in Me and the Tiger Theatre Company where she serves as the Advocacy Officer. For fun, she enjoys dancing, reading, watching dance moms and facetiming friends. A fun fact about Crowson is that she is left handed. In the future, she plans to become a CPA because she loves math.
Kristina Colburn
Kristina Colburn, Assignments Editor

Kristina Colburn is currently the Photo Assignments Editor for THS Publications. She is also a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Key Club, AP Ambassadors, HOSA, Model UN and the Multicultural Club. In her spare time, Kristina likes to relax and listen to music, shop online, thrift and occasionally pick up a book. In addition, she likes to travel. She has been to France and Spain, and is hoping she can travel more in the upcoming years. In the future, Kristina aims to major in Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas or Anthropology at Baylor University.

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