It’s that time of the year where students get to select their schedules for next year. With so many choices, it can be overwhelming. Students wonder: What if I don’t like the class? What really happens in that class? What if the teacher is mean? Yet they have to decide on one year-long Visual or Performing Arts [VAPA] class in order to graduate.
Now, likewise, VAPA course teachers like myself wonder: will enough students sign up for my class? How do I let them know that theatre isn’t all just about acting?
To solve this dilemma, the teachers in the Visual and Performing Arts Department [VAPA] have teamed up with the teachers in the Physical Education Department. The PE teachers give up one valuable day of instruction [thanks, you guys!] to allow their students to see what goes down in the various VAPA classes. We work with the PE department because we know we can hit the majority of the underclassmen. I need to offer a shout-out to our super-supportive administration who allowed us to do this all-day activity.
Students escort PE teachers and their classes to see the VAPA courses that are offered here at North High. Each period, we cycle through four PE classes and present a student-centered program of what happens in our respective VAPA classes.
21 students were involved in creating scripts, rehearsing, directing, stage managing, escorting, MCing, and teching for our Theatre Arts course performance. We put on 15 shows in four class periods.
While we were all tired by the end of sixth period, we find that spending this day is a great way to reach students to assure them that theatre is not all about acting. By allowing students to see highlights of what happens in our class, they are better prepared to make an appropriate elective selection for the Visual and Fine Arts that they need to graduate. And it lets us in the theatre use those CA Theatre Arts standards to rehearse and perform a show for our peers!
Below, check out some of our pictures of our event! Cathy, our resident photographer, did a smashing job. Thanks, fantastic pix taker! She’s going to study film next year, and you can easily see why.
Now, these are just a few of our pictures. Check out our Flickr page for more.