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Fine Arts Student of the Week: Junior becomes go-getter in BHS Theater

Adviser nomination: Theater director stated: "Many times, the backstage crew does not get as much recognition as the actors because audience members do not see them, but they work just as hard as the actors, and they are just as essential to putt...

Brainerd High School junior Britney Eck holds up make-up she uses for the theater department. She is part of the backstage crew for the BHS plays and was named this week's Fine Arts Student of the Week. Jennifer Kraus / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd High School junior Britney Eck holds up make-up she uses for the theater department. She is part of the backstage crew for the BHS plays and was named this week's Fine Arts Student of the Week. Jennifer Kraus / Brainerd Dispatch

 

Adviser nomination: Theater director stated: "Many times, the backstage crew does not get as much recognition as the actors because audience members do not see them, but they work just as hard as the actors, and they are just as essential to putting on the production. Britney has helped out enormously with our fall show 'A-Haunting We Will Go.' Britney has sewed the black curtain in the front of the house, she created the program, organized the costumes and continually asks me what she can do to help out. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the theater program, Britney."

Memorable fine arts achievement: "My most memorable fine arts achievement would be on how far I have gotten in orchestra. I play the double bass and I have been able to keep with it."

Artist most admired: "BHS junior Madi Aberle for her art. I love how she makes amazing art and she always does her best, even if she is in a bad mood."

Other fine arts activities: Orchestra, Drawing I, Painting 1 and Intro to Art.

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Britney Eck

  • Grade: Junior
  • Age: 16.
  • Art focus: Brainerd High School Theater

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When did you join theater: "It's my first year in theater. I joined because I saw how much people genuinely enjoyed it and saw friendships in there and thought it would be a great community to be a part of. (After joining and being a part of it) I think it's great. I feel like everyone has such a strong connection and I have such a respect for Ms. J (Theater director Karla Johnson) and it's great to spend time with her."

What interests you in the backstage work: "I kind of just wanted to be a part of theater to start with. I tried out for an acting part, but I just wanted to be part of it. I circled the things I am good at, like hair and makeup (on the joining theater form). I do a lot of makeup for my siblings, my family members, so now I can do it for theater.

"My younger sister is into a lot of horror fandoms, like 'Undertale,' a game, she is obsessed with. I do her makeup for fun and have for about three years.

"I learned how to do hair and makeup from my other sister. I have six sisters and six brothers, I have a blended family. She does a lot of pretty makeup on herself and she taught me how to do makeup and then of course I learned a lot from YouTube tutorials.

"I personally don't like to wear makeup. I have really bad acne so makeup makes me break out, so I would rather not wear it, but I love to do it for others. ... My siblings are used to being my doll doing makeup."

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Your role in theater: "I am part of the hair and makeup. I do more of the natural makeup on actors/actresses. I also sew costumes when they get ripped and I also had to organize costumes that were on random hangers and I organized them-color coded it. There were too many costumes to count.

"Every day I will say 'Hey Ms. J what can I help you with?' because I don't want to be sitting around because it's a waste of time. Hair and makeup don't get used until tech week. So I ask her every day what I can do and she will give me different jobs to do."

Biggest challenge: "(Theater kids) are a really close knit group so getting to know everybody. Everyone is usually just talking with each other, so getting to know everyone."

Will you act: "I'm hoping to try out for a lot of acting roles and if I get cast for one, great; if I don't, it is great, too."

Dream job: "I want to be a genetic engineer specializing in gene editing of germ cells. I want to go for college for this. I've always been fascinated with science and I love the idea of modifying genes and exploring the DNA code. I really got interested in it in ninth grade when my teacher, Mrs. Zemke, was fighting breast cancer. She explained how the DNA becomes cancerous and I found it fascinating how one simple slip of the gene that it could be cancerous. She is doing good now."

Favorite subject: Art or math.

Favorite holiday movie: "The Grinch"

Favorite TV show: "Law and Order."

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Favorite book: "The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod."

Favorite song: "Alien Boy."

Favorite band: Panic! at the Disco.

Favorite food: Lasagna.

Something people don't know about you: "I couldn't hear until I was 18-months-old. I had fluid built up and had to have surgery. That is why I have taken ASL (American SIgn Language) classes since my freshman year. Right now I am taking a ASL class at the college as a PSEO student."

Biggest pet peeve: "People drawing with dry markers. It is the worst sound in the world."

Parents: Kaari Weyaus of Brainerd and James Eck of Brainerd.

Honorable Mention

Colton Mertes, senior, creative writing: "Colton is an exceptional writer and his creativity brings his writing to life," the creative writing adviser stated.

Related Topics: BRAINERD HIGH SCHOOLTHEATER
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