An afternoon of theater: Support sought for 2013 field trip

Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 06:30 PM.

Subsidizing students’ attendance would mean continued exposure to fine arts, which a number of students reportedly lack.

For many who attended last month’s production, it was their first experience with live theater, teachers said.

“Most of the kids had never seen a stage play,” Strickland said. “Some have been to the shows at O.W. (Northwest Florida State College), but it’s been several years since we took a group to a show. This is the first time we’ve taken them to Montgomery in six years because we could never get reservations.”

This attempt was successful, Strickland said, because she started working on getting reservations in June.

Among those meeting for early breakfast at the school and then piling on buses at 6:30 a.m. was 10th-grader Hope Standridge, whose acquaintance with the stage arts had been confined to dance performances.

Strickland’s students read the classic Charles Dickens novel and watched an old film version of “A Christmas Carol” to prepare for the trip, Hope said. She enjoyed contrasting the movie with the stage production.

The Geoffrey Sherman adaptation that students attended was “more technical” than a production the Hoboes attended six years ago, Strickland said. Stagecraft included a turntable that expedited scenery changes, sound effects and flashy costuming. A question-and-answer period with production staff enhanced students’ experience, Strickland said.

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