Mitchell Drama Troupe Spreading Powerful Messages


A group of Mitchell students is spreading powerful messages without saying much at all.  It’s an improvisational drama troupe called “SPOOFED.” 

The group performed for Vermillion students on Monday. 

One of the skits was about cyber bullying. 

“There are a lot of people out there who feel like they’re alone, struggling by themselves,” Mitchell senior Victoria Hoang said. 

The actors and actresses use music to shed light on tough issues including family trouble, substance abuse, even sex trafficking. 

Erin Fowkes is a school counselor in Mitchell and the advisor of the group.  She says her students are making a difference. 

“I’ve had students in the past come up and give me a hug, crying and saying, ‘You just performed my life,'” Fowkes said. 

It’s a different way for students to learn about these issues. 

“We can teach and talk to students all the time about relational issues, but just an opportunity to bring in a group and do something different we just had to take advantage of that,” Vermillion Middle School Counselor Trevor Mandernach said. 

“I thought the most important message they were sharing was to be kind to others and to be considerate of what other people are going through,” Vermillion 6th Grader Aubri Moeller said. 

Proof that you don’t need to say much to speak to a crowd. 

“I want them to feel like there is somebody out there, somebody that will be willing to help them and that they’re not alone,” Hoang said. 

Fowkes says they also talk with the students and discuss resources available in their communities. 

If you’re interested in starting a similar group in your school, you can email Fowkes.

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