National Arts in Education Week, Part 3

Focus on Theater

Today’s post is written by S.L.A.M.! student leader and Drama Club member, Daley Pedersen. 

Beth Lambert, the Visual and Performing Arts Specialist at the Maine Department of Education, took a trip up to little old MSAD #33 in St. Agatha, Maine.  A former theater teacher, Ms. Lambert met with us, the Wisdom Drama Club, our advisor and visual art teacher, Ms. Cerceo and our music teacher, Mr. Michaud to share her expertise and to direct us in skill-building theater activities.

When she took us up on stage, it was mind-blowing.  I’ve always loved the theater. There’s something about it that’s higher than reality, something that takes us into another world. The actors become the roles, I knew that. But Beth gave us a true understanding of what it means to be a role. To actually become the role is unhealthy, even if just for that play. She said that instead the role should become the actor: the actor should make the character his or her own, not vice versa.

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Beth guided us through some skill-building exercises, such as keeping focus and working as an ensemble. These exercises opened my eyes to the subtle nuances of acting—it’s always more than meets the eye when it comes to theater. They were incredibly helpful! I learned more in that one hour than I have over the course of my life.

img_2509-1By building on these skills, we are preparing ourselves for our state’s one-act festival, and for performances in our community.  I feel we are going to be ready. We’ve gone to competition before, and this time we’ve got Beth Lambert to give us all the ancient, fabled acting techniques. The state of Maine is lucky to have a such a great arts educator at their Department of Education.

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