The Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education recently hired new directors for vocal music and theater at Smith-Cotton High School.

Sedalia 200 says Bryce Hesterman has been hired as the director of vocal music and Elizabeth Carter as S-C’s director of theater.

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Hesterman earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in May 2016 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was director of vocal music at Underwood Middle and High School in Underwood, Iowa, from August 2016 to August 2017 and most recently served as an accompanist at Elkhorn Middle School in Elkhorn, Neb.

Smith-Cotton High Principal Wade Norton said, “We are excited to bring Mr. Hesterman into S-C to lead one of our higher-profile programs. He has a solid background and lots of enthusiasm, so we are confident the vocal music program is in good hands."

Hesterman wants to build on S-C’s vocal music legacy.

“I look forward to taking over a well-established program that has pride in its tradition,” he said. “I want to continue on with the success the show choirs have had, as well as continue building the concert choir program. I want the choir program to continue to be something that students are proud to call theirs even after they have graduated.”

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Carter is a May 2019 graduate of the University of Central Missouri, earning a bachelor’s degree in speech, communication and theater. Her UCM experience includes directing two plays, acting and working on a variety of backstage crews.

Norton said, "Ms. Carter is a Mid-Missouri native who built solid skills during her time at the University of Central Missouri. We are eager to see her work with our talented thespians."

Carter is looking forward to working on the fall musical, “Mamma Mia,” which she called “a captivating show with a lot of fun roles.” “I am excited to meet my students and share my passion for theatre with them,” Carter said. “I have heard great things about the environment and the student involvement here at Smith-Cotton High School.”