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Drake students act as classic celebrities for volunteer banquet

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Drake students costumed as classic film icons.

Drake University students dolled up as classic film stars for the chance to practice their stage makeup skills while benefiting senior citizens at a Polk County volunteer recognition banquet.

Seven students enrolled in a stage makeup course with Josie Poppen, Drake instructor of theatre arts, volunteered to be celebrity look-a-likes for the event, “A Night at the Movies.” The banquet was held last month at HyVee Hall in downtown Des Moines to recognize volunteers for Polk County Senior Services.

Drake’s department of theatre arts provided the costumes and student participants received extra credit in the course.


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Drake students enjoy “A Night at the Movies.”

The students that participated and the celebrities they portrayed were:

  • Sam Button-Harrison, a senior musical theater major of
    Conrad, Iowa, as Johnny Depp playing the title role in “Edward
    Scissorhands”
  • Stephanie Brandstatt, a senior elementary
    education major of Carol Stream, Ill, as Judy Garland playing Dorothy
    in “The Wizard of Oz”
  • Heather Bruce, a junior international
    business and marketing double major of Perry, Iowa, as Audrey Hepburn
    playing Holly Golighty in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
  • Katie Engelen, a sophomore theatre design major of Saint Louis Park, Minn., as Shirley Temple
  • Christina
    Cherayil
    , a student in the first year of the professional pharmacy
    program of Andover, Minn., as Dorothy Dandridge playing the title role
    in “Carmen Jones”
  • Katie Bagriy, a sophomore actuarial
    science and accounting double major of Niles, Ill, as Elizabeth Taylor
    playing the title role in “Cleopatra”
  • Rebecca Scott, a sophomore accounting major of Millville, N.J., as Lucille Ball