‘An op­por­tu­nity to learn how to work to­gether’

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“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.

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