Jordan Biener has never forgotten her roots. After commanding the stage during three years of performances with the Woodhull Intermediate School drama club, she has returned to the building annually to serve as a student director, offering the youngsters who have followed in the teenager’s footsteps invaluable advice as they strive to perfect their talents.
A member of Huntington High School’s Class of 2017, Ms. Biener is a happy young woman with an upbeat personality and an unmatchable smile. Her magnetic presence has drawn Woodhull’s actors to her as she helps them prepare for this weekend’s school musical.
President of Huntington’s Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter, Ms. Biener has compiled an exceptional academic and co-curricular record over the past four years. The well-spoken teenager is loved by her classmates and respected by her teachers.
Inducted into numerous honor societies, Ms. Biener has many demands on her time, but she has always managed to find a way to clear her schedule and resume her student directing responsibilities when Woodhull’s annual drama club ramps up for a new show.
Ms. Biener has participated in nine Woodhull plays in all, working closely with drama club faculty advisors Allison Von Vange and Todd Hiscox. She acted in Willy Wonka Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr. and The Music Man Jr. and has been a student director for The Little Mermaid Jr., Aladdin Jr., Willy Wonka Jr., Annie Jr., The Lion King Jr. and this weekend’s show, High School Musical Jr.
As a student director, Ms. Biener’s responsibilities range from helping to choreograph musical numbers, teaching the cast songs and staging the show to even running rehearsals.
“Miss Jordan is such a great teacher and person,” said seventh grader Christopher Maichin, a Woodhull drama club veteran who is also helping with this year’s show. “She has taught me so much in the last two years. I wouldn’t be the actor that I am today if it wasn’t for her. I can’t wait to see her do great things in college.”
Inspiring the actors to reach new heights is one of Ms. Biener’s specialties. “Miss Jordan has helped so much with the show this year,” sixth grader Carlee Schultz said. “We are all sad that she is leaving.”
The high school senior will work her magic largely out of view of theater goers this weekend. She doesn’t require any special fanfare. Ms. Biener is content knowing in her own heart and mind that she’s made a positive difference.
“It has been an absolute pleasure watching Jordan grow from an Oopma Loompa in fourth grade to a talented young senior,” Ms. Von Vange said. “She does not just help with our plays; we wouldn’t be able to put the plays on without her assistance and guidance. She will be missed greatly, but I know there are great things in store for her.”
The teenager is still evaluating her college options, but she is sure to land on her feet at a top tier school. After nine years with the Woodhull drama club, her absence from next year’s show will be felt by Ms. Von Vange and Mr. Hiscox.
“Over the past few years Jordan has become an integral part of our productions,” Mr. Hiscox said. “She has often been the one I sought out for advice and input. She has a creative vision and takes ownership in attaining that vision. “I wish her the best as the kids and I will truly miss her.”