Mountain Vista High School is often in the spotlight for sports and academics. But on Sept. 21, principal Mike Weaver was honored for a program that he says is just as important: theater.
“Being recognized for the arts feels as good as …
Mountain Vista High School is often in the spotlight for sports and academics. But on Sept. 21, Principal Mike Weaver was honored for a program that he says is just as important: theater.
“Being recognized for the arts feels as good as anything,” Weaver said. “I am super proud of not only the quality but the number of kids participating.”
Colorado State Thespians, an affiliate of Educational Theatre Association, selected Weaver as administrator of the year for creating a culture that supports and enables theater students. In its performing arts program — which includes theater — Mountain Vista has four full-time teachers, one part-time teacher, hundreds of kids and several programs, including choir, band and orchestra.
Jeremy Goldson, director of Mountain Vista's theater program, Stage Flight Theatre, nominated Weaver. Goldson also serves on the board of Colorado State Thespians. Three teachers statewide were nominated for the honor, which Goldson describes as “more of a big, robust formal thank you.”
Weaver was awarded a trophy at a Sept. 21 ceremony at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver. He was selected because of his “relentless support” for theater at Mountain Vista, said Goldson.
“He does an excellent job of making everyone feel like they are important,” Goldson said. “… He loves that students are comfortable in the theater department, and that there is a safe space for them to be themselves and discover themselves.”
Among Stage Flight Theatre's long list of productions are “Disney's Beauty and the Beast,” “Macbeth,” “Little Women,” “Pippin,” and “Once Upon A Mattress.” In 2010, Stage Flight hosted an all-state production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical comedy that debuted on Broadway.
Weaver said he was humbled by the honor and proud of his staff. Mountain Vista's theater program meets the needs of and serves hundreds of kids, he said.
“Supporting that type of thing is as important to us as supporting great achievement and quality athletic and activity programs,” Weaver said. “It's a quality pathway that we have available at Mountain Vista.”