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Senior Spotlight: Allie Stecklein

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May 2017

Allie Stecklein will be graduating this spring, and goodness we are going to miss her! Allie has been heavily involved in the St. Ambrose Theatre Department throughout her four years; most recently stage managing The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley last winter. She also received the Distinguished Theatre Major Award, given to the graduating theatre major with the highest GPA in the department. Way to go Allie! Let's learn more about her experiences here at St. Ambrose.

What is your major(s)?
My majors are Theatre and Secondary Math Education.

In what ways have you been involved in theatre?
Well, I've stage-managed or assistant stage-managed five times (two main stage). I've been lighting designer/associate lighting designer three times, props designer twice, sound designer once and worked in the shop for four years. Also I took acting class, and acted in one-acts but I don't love to talk about those because #notanactress.

Do you plan on doing more theatre (acting, directing, costumes, stage managing, etc.) after you graduate?
After I graduate, I plan to help with the theatre at Geneseo High School where I will be working next fall. I want to assist the drama department in any way that I can. Also, teachers have summers off (plot twist?) so I hope to have some exciting theatre experiences then!

What draws you to theatre?
The people involved draw me to theatre. I've met most of my nearest and dearest friends because of theatre. And the other thing is, yeah I don't get to go out on stage and have an audience witness what I contribute to the show. BUT, I get to see people that I really care about out on stage fulfilling their dreams and that's pretty cool. No matter if you're on the production team or acting, I think you gain so much life experience just by working on a show. You get to see life through the eyes of different characters, collaborate, speak to an audience, and a bunch of other experiences that only theatre can provide.

Who in your life inspires you?
My oldest nephew inspires me the most. His speech impediment and other special needs has made his life pretty unique. But he's also the greatest person in the entire world, even if you disregard my bias. His smile can travel faster than the speed of light. He never fails to make someone laugh when they're feeling down. He cares about people in a way that most humans can't even imagine. No matter what life throws at him, he manages to put a smile on his face, or at least put a smile on ours. He keeps me going.

Have you been involved in any productions? If so what is your favorite and why?
I've been involved in, I think, 33 productions total. At Ambrose, I believe I've been involved in 14. It's so hard to pick a favorite, because I loved different things about all of them. Ah man. Now I feel nostalgic! I think it's a toss up between Working and Junie B. Working was great because of the cast, crew, directors, and production team. It was an awesome show that had a great message that I still think about almost every day. Plus we laughed a lot during rehearsals. Junie B was great because the cast consisted of some of the funniest people I've ever met. Also, who doesn't love working with Kim Kurtenbach? It's a blast and a half.

What are your plans for after you graduate?
I plan to teach math. At a high school. Which I'm actually excited about. Oh and I'm for sure getting a dog. Like right after graduation.

How would you describe your experience with the St. Ambrose Theatre Department?
My experience in the St. Ambrose Theatre Department has created a second home for me. I know it sounds gross and cheesy. But it's true. I was really lost the first couple weeks of freshman year. Then I found my theatre family here. And that family has gotten me through some of the toughest parts of my life. I wouldn't exchange that for the world.

Allie is always fantastic to work with; add to that her fantastic sense of humor and two things are for sure: She will make an excellent teacher and she will be severely missed! Thank you for all you do and will continue to do Allie. It won't be the same without you next year.

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