Hinsdale South theater director Baker to exit stage
Updated: April 30, 2013 3:54PM
“This is not my first donkey rodeo,” Pamn Baker reminded her cast in a recent rehearsal for “Godspell.”
In fact, after 32 years as director of Hinsdale South’s theater productions, this year’s spring musical will be her last. Baker will retire at the end of the school year.
“I’m ready to go,” said Baker, who started teaching at South in 1981 after enjoying her own acting career.
“It’s bittersweet,” said junior Emily Burham. “Miss Baker is one of a kind.”
And while she is sad to see an era end, Burham said she also is excited to be part of something new.
Baker will assist English teacher Chris Kostro in directing the spring play “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead,” — something she chose years ago to be her final production at South. Kostro will take over next year as director of the theater program.
Principal Brian Waterman said Baker will be missed not only by South students and staff, but also by the community that has enjoyed her productions for so many years.
“Pamn Baker has dedicated her entire career to developing thespians, and her passion and enthusiasm for theatre comes through in the performances that she directs,” he said.
“She brings out the best in us,” Burham said.