THEATER EDUCATION IN THE SPOTLIGHT IN MARCH


Submitted by Angie Bin, Fort Scott High School Drama and Speech Teacher

Fort Scott High School students lead community advocacy efforts

[Fort Scott, KS, March 21, 2022]—Students at Fort Scott High School are joining the national grassroots effort called Theater Month in Our Schools (TIOS) to advocate for the benefits of teaching theater in schools.

Members of the International Thespian Society (ITS) Troupe 7365 draw attention to the need for increased access to quality theater programs for all students, especially as schools reinvent curricula in the ever-changing landscape influenced by COVID-19 protocols.

To spread the word, the troop participates in many events.

The students host the annual FSHS Talent Show and Miss(ter)FSHS Pageant at 7 p.m. on March 25 at the FS Auditorium. Tickets for reserved seating are $6 and are available at fortscotthighschool.ludus.com or at the door.

The Thespian Troupe primarily raises funds to send students to the International Thespian Festival in June.

The troupe also shares information about the importance of theater in our schools and students’ personal stories via Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Tiktok.

Thespians Shirt Thursday is rewarding students who wear theater-related shirts to school with prizes.

The ITS is the theater honor society for middle and high school students. These student actors plan and implement TIOS activities in their schools, in their communities and with elected officials. Presentations and activities explain how theater education positively shapes students’ lives by instilling necessary life skills.

TIOS Month is an opportunity for students, parents, communities, school boards and elected officials to come together to make theater education more accessible to all students.

One of the key messages is that theater skills help students develop life skills.stcentury skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, as well as the social and emotional skills essential for students’ growth as young adults.

For example, according to The College Board, in 2015, students who took four years of high school arts courses scored an average of 92 points higher on the SAT than students who took only half a year or so. less.

But, according to the US Department of Education, only 28% of high schools in very poor areas offer acting classes.

According to a 2018 poll, 72% of Americans believe the arts unite our communities, regardless of age, race and ethnicity, and more than 90% believe students should receive an arts education in elementary, middle school and in high school. The poll, “Americans Talk About the Arts in 2018,” was conducted by Americans for the Arts.

To see ITS Troupe 7365 in action, come to the Spring Improv Comedy Show on April 30 at 7 p.m. at the FSHS Auditorium.

Kids can also attend Tiger Drama Camp – The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales from May 16-28. Entry forms are available at Buck Run.

Theater in our schools is jointly sponsored by the American Alliance for Theater and Education (AATE) and the Educational Theater Association (EdTA). For more information about TIOS, visit schooltheatre.org/tios and follow #TheatreInOurSchools on social media.

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