Coffee House Showcases Talent Within MSHS


Allie Robbins

Alison Lanning (12) enjoys her last time on stage for Manitou Springs High School. She is looking forward to going to college and starting fresh.

Allie Robbins, Senoir Reporter

The Coffee House is an annual event hosted by the Mustang Thespian Society that not only displays and showcases talented members but also depicts the dedication and hard work the student put in to their performance. The show kicked off with Nathan Plush (12) performing “Hurt” by Johnny Cash. It was the last song Cash produced before he died, and Plush picked it because, “The song really showed character and it has a good rhythm.” Plush has worked hard on making a mark in theater at Manitou Springs High School. He won the “Best Supporting Actor” award in the One Act competition on February 9th, 2018. “Plush is my role model and I admire how much effort he puts in theater. I’m also very proud of his achievement,” said Sydney Dawson (12), one of Plush’s close friends who also has an active part in theatre.

In the individual performances, there were quite a few duets. The first one was Cree Monk (10) and Leo Wines (10) who sang “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors. Then, Tyler Power (10) and Wines sang “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley, while Ava Keller (10) played the piano. Jody Read (10) sang “Daydreamer” by Adele, while JC Aurand (9) played the guitar.

At 7 p.m., the One Act play called “Selkie” was performed. The show came together with a considerably small cast: Dawson, Plush, Alison Lanning (12), Benjamin Schwartz (10), Parker Smith (10), Abi Beebe (11) and Kirianna McNerney (9).

Overall, MTS and the performers were pleased with the outcome of the night. “The Coffee House was a success,” said Read. At the end, Wendy Harms received flowers from the theater students for all of her help. Brianne Anderson (10) and Smith received hershey bars for being vital parts of putting the show together. This event will continue as tradition next year, even though MTS will be loosing vital leaders to the club.