Theater for Change began as a way for area elementary students to gain confidence through guided discovery and theater exercises. The afternoon session will culminate with a showcase production at the end of the project.
Service Learning Leaders choose to lead the program due to their own love of theater. Part of the motivation for offering the class remains the same as the program’s first year – not all elementary students in the area have the opportunity to explore theater in the younger grades.
Theater by its nature is an art form that depends on collaboration, one of the Great Eight core values at TWS. In addition, students who experience theater productions have higher SAT scores, reading comprehension, and it stimulates innovation and creativity. In short, it gives students the opportunity to learn valuable life skills.
While the students are physically away from the program and their school schedule – keeping the program going online allows the group to stay connected and maintain relationships, both vital during this period of social distancing.
Empowering students to take leadership roles is a hallmark of a Winchendon School education.