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Scouting and Hunting: Principal’s Edition

By Hunter Trzeciak and Scout Van Cise, arts and entertainment editors

As you know, the students of Saegertown High School have their fair share of unique and remarkable talents, but our new principal is hiding an ability that is a mystery to the staff and student body.  We have learned that in high school and college Mr. Baker was in fact a thespian.

Principal Tom Baker has appeared in productions including Annie and The Wizard of Oz

Starting his career in theater at Berlin High School, Mr. Baker acted in a school production of “Annie” and played the Mayor of Munchkin City in “The Wizard of Oz.”  He was interested in theater because he liked to meet new people and appreciated that “you get to become someone that you’re not.”

After four years of being a part of high school productions, Mr. Baker furthered his theatrical career for two years in college, appearing in “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Increased Difficulty of Concentration.” Though Mr. Baker loves all of the plays that he participated in, his personal favorite is “The Wizard of Oz.”

Mr. Baker no longer takes part in shows because of lack of rehearsal time, but he enjoys watching them.  His personal favorites include “Wicked” and “Les Miserables.”  Even though Mr. Baker has retired from the theater business, he would still enjoy playing a small part in a local or school production. He encourages all students to get involved in theater, for the best part is “just having fun because it’s structured, but you still have the ability to make the character your own.”

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Journalism Adviser, Saegertown Jr. Sr. High School

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