‘An opportunity to learn how to work together’
“An event such as this puts an emphasis on the rich culture of this province and encourages young people to consider the fine arts as a profession,” says House. “This event captured the importance of both.” Stapleton and House highlighted the educational aspects of the drama festival.
“It gives students an opportunity to learn how to work together as part of a team and it allows them to develop self confidence. It takes a lot to go on stage and stand in front of people and act,” they said. “Drama festivals like this one also give students new skills, not just in the area of acting and speaking, but also technical skills that are needed to work the
lights and props. These are skills they can use in many areas of their life. There are many skills and positive attitudes learned in theatre class which students can take with them and use once they finish school.” According to House theatre is inclusive. “It has no restrictions or limitations, you don’t have to be academically strong and students with all kinds of disabilities can be part of it,” said House. “In fact for some students performing on stage is the only area in school where they can shine. I know what I am talking about here because I never really felt like I had legs in school until I got involved in theatre.
“Theatre brings together all kinds of students with all ranges of intellectual and physical abilities or disabilities.”
FUNNY FACES — Corey Morgan, Amalgamated drama teacher, coaches a student on funny facial expressions during an acting workshop. ( LEFT) TRADITIONAL MUSIC — Actor/Singer Jim Payne plays a few Newfoundland tunes on his accordion during the drama festival. The event, Find a Passion and Make it Work, ran from Thursday, April 2-4 and showcased the acting talents of students from 12 schools within the Western Region, Eastern School District.