By Alissa Baker
Cougar News Blog
Actors in Lisa Schroeder’s drama class are preparing for the upcoming play being hosted in December.
Mrs. Schroeder is both an English and drama teacher. Drama is one of the new electives this year, and it seems to have attracted many students. Zack Kinion, one of the members of the class, is really happy about the class but is a little uneasy the auditions.
“The drama class exceeded my expectations and it was fun,” he said. “I am really excited for the upcoming play, but I’m nervous for the tryouts.”
Students in the class and after-school club will be performing “Murder at Rundown Abby,” which is a spoof of the BBC and PBS show “Downton Abby.”
Mrs. Schroeder claims that theater helps her students learn team work, gain self-confidence, and learn leadership skills.
It wasn’t Mrs. Schroeder’s plan to become a drama teacher, but she said she did perform when she was a student.
“As I built my family I began to teach acting classes for the stage and screen, along with special effects, makeup, costume and set design, and ballroom dancing for musical theater,” she said. “I am pleased with my outcome and I am glad to watch others reach their goals. It is rewarding to see the transformation.”
The class spends most of the time playing trust and teamwork games, working on vocal and dancing exercises, and reading script. At home, students look up hair, makeup, and clothes from the 1920s, since that’s what time “Abby” takes place. Many of the young actors are happy that the play revolves around a murder mystery.
“I personally like the concept of Rundown Abby the most,” said eighth grader Kyra Garrett. “The idea of the 1920s is very interesting.”
“Murder at Rundown Abby” will be performed in December at Apache Junction High School.