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Augusta, October 27, 2005
Paige Case, 10th grade, and Sarah Lehman, 8th grade, travelled to Augusta on October 27th for all-day “Interactive Theatre” presentations at three schools in the State Capitol city. Performances to six different groups directly impacted about 275 students.
“Interactive Theatre” deals with bullying and with drug abuse, starting with frank and starkly realistic plays which stimulate extended audience interaction. Paige Case led the discussions which touched on topics including the prevalence of “cyber bullying” on internet instant messaging to more subtle forms of harrassment by adults and even governments. “Do nations bully one another?” she asked. “Yes!” answered students.
Sarah Lehman acted her roles with admirable skill . “No one was aware that she was playing these roles for the first time,” said Ron Pesha.
An hour with seventh graders at Hodgkins Middle School opened the day. “Several students have told me they enjoyed hearing from students rather than adults,” wrote Barbara Livingstone of the Hodgkins faculty. Here's what Hodgkins students wrote:
C.S. = I thought that the play good because it put out awareness on drug abuse and bullying.
B. Y. = I liked the play because it wasn’t like a lecture like usual.
C. M. = The play was very interesting about not doing drugs .
G. S. = The plays were great and they have a lot of useful info on how to solve problems in and around school.
B. G. = It was cool how the characters actually looked like they were in a real situation in the plays.
B. L. = The message was clear to the students because it was delivered by students.
Three consecutive performances followed at Cony High School for audiences of fifty to sixty. “I heard a lot of good comments,” said Cony High Civil Rights advisor April Fenton-Hulett.
Lubec Superintendent Mike Buckley attended presentations at Gilbert Elementary School. Former Interim Superintendent Dick Barnes saw presentations at Gilbert and Cony.
Sarah and Paige performed both plays twice at Gilbert Elementary, for the entire fifth and then sixth grade classes. “So many hands went up when I asked questions!” said Paige. Bus driver Clarence Street assisted directly as the “audience” for the dress rehearsel.
Calais, November 22, 2005
Calais, Maine, High School hosted Lubec's Interactive Theatre Team of Paige Case, 10th grade, and Sarah Lehman, 8th grade, on November 22. The two girls offered three one-hour presentations dealing with bullying, teen pregnancy, and oxycontin drug abuse.
Calais Health Teacher Mrs. Janet Proulx, whose classroom hosted the first presentation, remarked how effectively the Lubec students, who ran the entire performances, faced their peers who were also strangers. Calais High students said, "They did a very good job," and "I liked it a lot."
57 students freely shared viewpoints during the three shows, the second in Mrs. Lynda Duplissen's class and the third in the chemistry lab. The wide-ranging discussions frequently touched on subjects such as responsibility and the ethics of truth and lying. When Paige Case asked, "Is teasing a form of bullying?" one Calais student answered, "No, it's messing around." Extended dialogue followed.
For more details about the mission of Interactive Theatre, read the article below.
Conners Emerson School, Bar Harbor Jan 24, 2006
because kids listen to other kids
Belfast students liked:
Watching the girls do skits and getting a chance to make up our own.
I liked the role playing when the four or five people made up their own skit. And the two person skit where you started in a position.
I really liked creating our own plays the best because we got to create our own story-line and share it with the others. It was involving everybody and that was pretty cool.
I liked getting up and doing a theatrical project ourselves.
They should come back again to show us more skits.
Belfast students suggested: Having the girls do more skits that they made up and see what different kinds of skits look like.
Maybe they should answer questions as their character would so that the audience could fend for the other people in the plays.
I would have kids join in the scene and perform how they would react walking in on the situation or act as the bully or victim.
Woodland Jr.-Sr. High School, Baileyville, ME
May 18, 2007