Collective Creations Theatre connects with students

The Collective Creations Theatre Project
continues to engage, inspire and educate
students about theatre.

  • Nov. 4, 2015 8:00 p.m.

BARBARA LATKOWSKI

Caledonia Courier

All the world’s a stage and this is

certainly true in Fort St. James as the

Collective Creations Theatre Project

continues to engage, inspire and educate

students about theatre.

The new project will run through

September until June, 2016. There are

currently twelve students from Fort St.

James Secondary School, from grades

10 – 12 enrolled.

It was through a youth engagement

grant, that the project came to be and

community arts council member, Monica

Grill sees this as an excellent opportunity

to bring theatre into the lives of

students and into the community.

“We wanted this for a long time,”

Grill said. “The arts council has always

tried to incorporate and enhance school

programs through various programs,

performances and workshops but it’s

been diffi cult due to cutbacks especially

in fi ne arts programs.”

“But this opportunity came up,”

Grill said. “And it’s been very exciting.”

According to Grill, who is also administrative

assistant at Fort St. James

Alternate Secondary School, the project

could not have happened without

certain partnerships and the collaborative

efforts of people in the community

including the SONAR group at the high

school. This group is specifi cally involved

in wellness projects through art,

expression and performances at school

and within the community.

“SONAR was the voice. They were

the vessel in getting the word out about

this,” Grill said. “The Nak’azdli Youth

Council, Music Makers, FSJ District,

Theatre Northwest and the Community

Arts Council were also instrumental according

to Grill.

The Collective Creations Project,

its name for the time being, is a way

for youth in Fort St. James to connect

with professionally and internationally

renowned artists who will teach

all aspects of theatre production including:

writing, directing, and performing.

The resulting artistic endeavor will

be a theatre production that will be created,

produced, directed and performed

by the students. Students also receive

credit towards their studies when enrolled

in this program.

“We are so lucky to have Theatre

Northwest on board,” Grill said. The

students meet with the facilitator, Lauren

Brotman and her husband, theatre

coordinator, Jack Grinhaus twice a

week and video conferences are held

monthly.

“We’ve received excellent feedback

so far,” Grill says. “This is an excellent

way to show our community that kids

are interested in the arts and that they

need these opportunities.”

 

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