The Show Must Go On: Theater Arts Director Hopes To Keep Creativity Alive While Teaching Performing Arts Online | Local News
BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) – Many schools won’t open in-person learning right away, but what about the performing arts? Many parents and students wonder what the orchestra, theater and choir will be like this fall.
Southridge High School in Beaverton may be closed to children in person next month, but for students who participate in the performing arts, the show must go on.
“In general, the group, the choir, the theater, is one of the areas that really innervates children, because they can see that they have a way of expressing themselves that they cannot normally do,” said Jim Fewer, Director of Performing Arts at Southridge High School. âThey develop a form of confidence that you don’t see in many different areas in school.
Fewer said his students are used to putting on shows for the public with their friends. But not this year, at least not for the first part.
“They are worried because they don’t know what to expect and a lot of them it’s the social aspect of just coming to school and being there with respectful teachers, peers that they love and just be with their friends, âsaid Less.
Less said that teaching theater online is not ideal, but it is a challenge he will gladly accept for his students.
âOne of them said that the theater was the only thing that made him come to school and another said that the performing arts made him come to school,â he said. declared Fewer. “All the other stuff was needed, but it was the fun stuff.”
âIt was the icing on the cake for them to enjoy their days at school,â he continued.
He hopes their school days will remain enjoyable, even virtually.
âWe’ve got to be really creative, whether it’s a Zoom lesson, or ‘okay we’re all going to go out and we’re going to take a walk around our backyard and we’re going to create some birds or whatever,'” he said. . “I even talked about the line rehearsals, where we do Zoom rehearsals and we just prepare that way.”
âWe’re all experimenting with what we can do to keep the theater alive,â Fewer continued.
Keeping the theater alive, at a time when he said it was really necessary.
“It’s so easy for us to fall into the negative world right now and thinking negative, but the theater is one of those places where we can see the positive and seek the positive.”
Fewer requests for encouragement and support during this time as everyone learns to school online.
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