In the Classroom: Introduction to Theater

Music and Theater teacher Rachel Spector is always bursting with energy and her Introduction to Theater class is no exception.
Music and Theater teacher Rachel Spector is always bursting with energy in anything she does, as anyone who’s heard her cheering every Morning Meeting announcement or singing in the dining hall during lunch can attest. So it’s unsurprising that her Introduction to Theater class is no exception.

The class has been working on their upcoming one-act comedy, 12 Incompetent Men (And Women!) by Ian McWethy, since November and their hard work is starting to really pay off. Unfortunately, the many recent breaks from school have left them a little disconnected from their work, and in a way their heads are still on vacation. Rachel decides it’s time for a pep talk.

“I know it’s hard to come back from vacation,” she says to them, “but we have to focus. I’ve seen you all perform now, and I know how great you all are. I know this play is going to be amazing.”

The change in the room’s energy is palpable. Lines come faster and louder as the students read through their play. They become more excited, more daring with their blocking and movements. It’s a great atmosphere, warm and active, and unique in that it’s very much a group experience, with students playing off of one another and offering suggestions, but also extremely individualized, as Rachel finds time to work with every member of the play’s 12-person cast on their delivery, their blocking, or some other aspect of the performance.

12 Incompetent Men (and Women!) opens on Friday, January 17th, along with other productions by our amazing WMS Theater students. Admission is free, and we’d love to see you there. Come on out and support our theater program!

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