Advanced Theater Projects Look to Ninth Grade
It is not uncommon for older people to doubt the passion and work ethic of this generation. However, Jordan Winer’s second period A.T.P’S (Advanced Theater Projects) class is proving skeptics wrong.
The A.T.P’s students have begun the rewarding and “somewhat chaotic process of putting a show together,” Winer explains. The class is writing, producing, and performing in their very own show titled, Freshmen.
The concept of the play was develped by reflecting on their own experieces of freshmen year. Kaylee, one of the writers, commented, “We all got to experiment with writing from our own experiences, and the way it flowed together was really interesting.” The writing process began when Winer had the students reflect on freshman year and write down what it was like for them; everything from how the experience felt, embarrassing stories, to how the year felt and smelled. The class wove thier experiences to create a story that “really comes from the heart,”said Niles.
The class is excited to be writing a show that they, as well as other high school students can relate to. “Most shows are written by adults about teenagers. This is written by teenagers and about teenagers. We experienced everything much more recently,” said Fuschia. According to participants, the experience of wrting their own show feels really empowering, it’s a whole new level of independence.
The class appears to be excited to share their own experiences, junior Anna describes, “I’m not embarassed to put on a show about my personal experiences because I already wear my heart on my sleeeve, I’m not worried.” Not only do the actors need to 0vercome stage fright, but need to be willing to stand up in front of an audience and tell an honest story,” said Amanda, a junior. This show clearly takes a certain amount of courage to put on.
Freshman is to be performed this semester at Berkeley High as well as Willard, King and Longfellow to current eigth graders. The class hopes that audiences will see the message that “accidents will happen, you just have to laugh it off” says junior Linden. As well as giving eigth graders a taste of high school, Curtis brings up the point that “it also benefits us to look back on embarrassing times and be able to laugh about it.”
The show is sure to be alot of hard work. “There will be a lot of ups and downs, which is reflective of the show, and reflective of high school” Anna exclaims. The show is still in the works, but there’s a lot of passion and hard work being put into it, ensuring it to be a great show.