Two Wolves Accepted Into Prestigious Theatre Arts Program

Marymount Manhattan College in New York City only accepts about 50 students each year into its theatre arts program. Starting in the fall of 2016, two Reeds Spring High School graduates will be among that select group.

The college offered scholarships to Ethan Greiner and Raychel Dooley. Greiner plans to focus on acting while Dooley wants to become a director. Greiner and Dooley first had to be accepted academically, then, the students had to audition.

“It was long and intense and kind of scary, but I guess it went well,” Greiner said.

Nearly 1,500 students took part in the auditions, which began with a two-minute monologue.

“In addition to my monologue, I had to participate in an interview with one of the professors, present a portfolio, and talk about my strengths and what I find most important about being a director,” Dooley said.

Marymount Manhattan College has several well-known alumni, including Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), and Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory).

“I still haven’t completely processed that we’re in. I think when we get there, it will be like, oh my gosh this is real,” Dooley said.

Both students credit Reeds Spring High School drama teacher Nicole Harrell for preparing them for this opportunity.

“Any success that either of us have I think we owe to her, she’s probably our biggest support system,” Greiner said.

Dooley and Greiner marvel at how two students from a small school in the Ozarks stood out in a nationwide pool of applicants.

“The odds are so tiny,” Greiner said.

“Seems impossible,” added Dooley.

The pair also takes comfort knowing they will not be alone when they move to New York City.

“I’m lucky to have my best friend by my side to go through this with,” Dooley said.

“Couldn’t think of a better person to tackle this adventure with,”  Greiner concluded.
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