A number of years ago the Drama Team fondly adopted Gloria Gaynor's hit "I Will Survive" as their theme song. We play it before every performance to get geared up! It seemed an appropriate title for our campaign as well.
Over the past three years we have had an average of 25 students per year participate in Drama at Salida High School. The energy that has been generated in our forum has been growing. All of these students have expressed an interest in taking a theatre arts class if it were offered. Over the past 2 years we've had about fifiteen students participate in shows with Stage Left Theatre Company, Salida's community theatre. Over the last two years, we've had seven graduating seniors go on to pursue theatre arts or communications in colleges, universities and conservatories throughout the U.S. And each year most of the members attend the Colorado Thespian Conference in Denver. We come to you now because in order to keep up with this quickly growing momentum we need your help!
The money raised from this campaign will go towards:
1. Providing the funding to cover the materials and costs of producing shows. This includes: the cost for the rights to produce a show (typically $60.-$100 per performance or about $600 for the year); the cost for scripts (approximately $250. a year); about $1,150 for the year to cover costs for costumes, props, materials to build sets, run sound (batteries, microphones), and manage the lighting system (gels, equipment, etc).
2. Continuing a theatre arts scholarship for qualifying seniors. ($1,000.)
3. Covering the registration fee and hotel expenses for any student on the Drama Team who attends the Colorado Thespian Conference in Denver. ($160. per student) This conference is attended by over 4,000 drama students and provides the opportunity to choose from a plethora of classes and workshops, to present scene and monologue work for ejudication, to win scholorships for college, and to observe two full length plays/musicals performed by their peers.
4. Giving other opportunities to the students such as atteding a professional production either at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts or Creede Repetory Theater.
Need more information before you decide to give? Please read on:
Theatre provides a broad areana in which our children learn equally as young men and women crucial team-building skills that will serve them the rest of their lives. I like to call us a Drama "Team" and not a "club" since that is what we are. Look at all the similarities working on a production together has with playing on any other team:
1. Players are considered active participants rather than passive recipients.
2. The unexpected happens all the time, so there's no time to coast or be unfocused.
3. A player can let the team down.
4. There's no such thing as "good enough"; we're always asking players to excel.
5. A public performance is expected.
These students are also learing how to communicate effectively with one another. They are gaining confidence in themselves and their talents as well as self-indentity and a connection with a group. They are also learning to feel connected with their community who comes and suports them by turning out for their performances and they will one day want to give back.
And if you think live theatre is somehow outdated, think again! Here are The Top Ten Reasons Why Theatre is Still Important in the Twenty-First Century:
#10 Human Beings: The performance of theatre is a universal cultural phenomenon that exists in every society around the world. Human beings are the only animal species that creates theatre. Understanding theatre helps us understand what it means to be human.
#9 Self-Expression: Theatre teaches us how to express ourselves more effectively. It develops our ability to communicate our thoughts and feelings to others, improving our relationships and improving the world around us.
#8 Self-Knowledge: Theatre teaches us about ourselves. It helps us understand how our minds and the minds of others work. It helps us to see how the environments in which we live affect who we are and who we will become.
#7 History: Theatre is a great way to lean about history. Rather than learning history from reading it in a dusty textbook, theatre makes history come alive right before our eyes. Theatre makes learning about history fun.
#6 The Body: Theatre reminds us that, even in this ever-changing digital age, there is a human body at the center of every digital transaction. Accounting for the body in the design of the future will help us make technology that works for us rather than us working for technology.
#5 Globalization: Theatre helps us understand people from cultures other than our own. We can learn a lot about people from cultures all around the world by studying their performance traditions. In doing so, we can learn to be less ethnocentric, and more accepting of others.
#4 Self-Empowerment: Performance permeates every aspect of our everyday lives. Power relationships are constructed through performances. Understanding how performances unfold around us can help us to recognize and take control of the power dynamics that affect us.
#3 Social Change: Theatre is a cultural space where society examines itself in a mirror. Theatre has long been looked at as a laboratory in which we can study the problems that confront society and attempt to solve those problems.
#2 Education: Theatre is a great way to learn. Going to the theatre teaches us about people, places, and ideas to which we would not otherwise be exposed. Learning in a theatrical setting makes learning excitng.
#1 Creativity: Theatre helps us to develop our creativity. As our education system increasingly puts an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math, we cannot forget the importance of art. Let’s put the “STE(A)M” back in “STEM!”
And finally 93% of Americans agree that the arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education for our students. Stastics show that students who study theatre excel in other core classes such as English, math, science and history.
We hope you can see the all the benefits you would be providing the students and community alike by supporting the SHS Drama Team. Please give today! We will survive together!
Risks and challenges
To be clear, we have been given permission from the school administration to fund ourselves publicly. To my understanding this is how, for example, the High School Mountain Bike Team is funded.
Our challenge will be, if this campaign is successful, how to fund it each on-going year. Think about what you give today and if you can easily give the same amount the following year if needed.
Our ultimate hope, however, is that this campaign might draw attention to the fact that our community does believe theatre arts is important and perhaps the school administration will make funding theatre a priority within our schools.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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