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LH Rotary honors performing students

By Jane Williams
La Habra Journal

Jessica Harms came to Rotary’s Student of the Month Lunch December 15 to receive the outstanding senior in fine arts award at Whittier Christian.   Along with major roles in her school’s production as the Fairy Godmother in “Cinderella” and Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” she also has been Peggy in “Godspell,” Anita in “Westside Story,”  and performed in “Cats”all produced by Biola’s Youth Theatre.
She went on to perform in “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Almost Maine,” and “Chemical Imbalance” in which she portrayed Ambosia Jekyll  at Whittier Christian.

Photo Jane Williams
Outstanding performers: Sonora’s Alexis Arreguin Whittier Christians’ Jessica Harms and La Habra’s Wyatt Logan were recognized by the La Habra Rotary club for their dedication to performing.

These were straight theatrical plays, but it is musical theatre that is her passion. She has taken theatre classes all four years and taken jazz, ballet, and hip hop dance classes, tap class, and private lessons.
She is a member of Whittier Theatre Company which last year made a trip to New York City, saw several shows, toured the sights, and best of all took master classes. One was in stage combat. She can apply appropriate make up for many different roles and ages.
After she received her award she rewarded the Rotarians with a snippet of “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Alexis Arreguin represented Sonora’s fine arts stars.  A singer in the school’s  choir and a member of the Orange County Student Union for three years. Last year he performed three pieces at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s all Boys Youth Chorus Festival in January.
In theatre he had the lead in Peter and the “Starcatcher,” and Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” and supporting roles in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” and the musicals “Music Man” and “Guys and Dolls.”
Arreguin also spent the summer after his junior year operating the sound and managing the stage and lights for Mysterium Theatre in La Habra, and has been an I-Path mentor
At the same time he manages to participate in Girls’ League as its secretary as well as secretary of Friday Night Live in ninth and tenth grade and Strings Club last year.
He also is a member of Sonora’s National Honor Society, and has taken an active role in Sonora’s food drive which this year supplied food and gifts for 96 families.
He has already been accepted at Cal State Fullerton, and has applied to the following top theatre schools at Juilliard, Carnegie Mellon, NYU and Cal Arts. He plans to major in English and hopes to have a career in acting. And to demonstrate his skill he recited a portion of  his lines from Shakeapeare’s “As You Like It” which he performed last year, complete with some extraordinary animation.
La Habra’s Wyatt Logan has an uncanny knack for reproducing any accent he has heard.  He learned that while traveling around England with the Fullerton’s Children Rep in a kilt and convincing the natives he was from Scotland.  It was in elementary school that he decided to join a pal and try out for one of the group’s plays.  He quickly discovered performing gave him joy.
He began his career at La Habra performing as Walter Cunningham in “To Kill a Mocking Bird”  and went on to play Scrooge in “The Christmas Carol,” The Porter in “MacBeth,” Anthony in “I and You,” and Piggy in “Lord of the Flies.”  He will cap his high school career as Captain Hook in the production of “Peter Pan” this March, and hopes to be cast in the final play, “Robin Hood,” of the year.
He decided to attend La Habra High where Brian Johnson, the organizer of  Fullerton Children’s Rep, runs the program.
It was a fortunate choice as the Logan family was thrown into traumatic times when his father, a police officer, was seriously injured and needed multiple surgeries during which time he became addicted to acting. It was Johnson, Logan’s grandfather and his faith which supported him throughout this time.
It also helped that theatre became a family undertaking as his mother began sewing costumes for productions and working backstage, and his sister has joined the theatre program as a freshman.  The three of them now live with the grandparents and help them out.
Logan plans to go to a Cal State close to home so he can continue to help out and encourage his sister.
He is currently represented by a small agency and will continue to audition for TV and film parts.  With some urging from his principal, he gave a quick demonstration of the differences between English, Scot, and Irish accents before capping the performance with a Russian accent he is currently working to master.

Started in 1995, the La Habra Journal is an independent community news source serving the cities of La Habra and La Habra Heights.