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Friday, May 16, 2003

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Preparing for the real world with drama

This year Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) students had the opportunity to attend workshops designed to help develop their creative side, and expand their public speaking, interviewing, and auditions skills, thanks to a grant funded by The Concord Education Fund (CEF). The Concord Education Fund is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1992 for the purpose of providing funds to implement innovative programs throughout the public school system.

The grant, in the amount of $3,750, was given to the drama department at CCHS by the CEF to pay for various speakers and instructors to hold clinics with the students. These clinics have ranged from a performance workshop, which focused on public speaking and interviewing, to dance workshops and an auditioning workshop. Upcoming is a technical theater workshop, which is offered to all high school students and focuses mainly on the technical aspects that are required in drama to successfully put together a show.

Chuck Brown is the CCHS drama and choral director and is the project leader. He designed the program to be offered to the entire student body at the high school, and offers the workshops after school hours. They bring theater arts experts directly into contact with students to offer broad perspective and multiple skill sets from which the students can learn. Brown hoped that the workshops would allow students to explore their creative, artistic side, regardless of academic or athletic abilities and successes.

"The initial goal was to draw as many students as possible, to create interest," Brown explains. Overall, the goal was heartily met by the CCHS students. The workshops have helped to attract different groups of students to drama, broadening the diversity in the casts of school plays and musicals. "Auditions have gone way up," Brown says. "The casts now include various groups."

Brown has received some really positive feedback from the CCHS students. "Students have approached me following college interviews and told me how much the auditions workshop helped them to prepare," he explains.

Brown hopes to continue the life skills based performing arts workshops at CCHS in the future. He would like to be able to expand the range of workshops that are brought to CCHS, and continue to offer the free clinics to help students continue to develop skills outside of the classroom.


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