Something important happened last week in local education.
School kids from the area watched an ensemble and crew of local kids from 4-8 grade perform six showings of Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical, a show that deals with self-acceptance and acceptance of others’ differences. Cast and crew hailed from Lakewood and South Middle School, Meadowlark Ridge and Oakdale Elementary, Southeast of Saline, Sacred Heart, Home School and Smoky Valley.
Salina Community Theatre’s Center for Theatre Arts works each school year to produce two shows for children to come and witness locally-trained, Salina-created theatre for young audiences. All proceeds from these efforts go to continue theatre education for children, and the income remains to benefit the local economy.
There are more pressures on teachers in public education than ever before to produce results in their classrooms. Center for Theatre Arts at SCT would like to publicly thank each of the following teachers and schools for believing in the power and education that live theatre can give to children, especially young people performing for young people.
Thank you Nyla Romeiser, Tere Herwig, Rebecca Bowman, Kathy Elliott and Heather Villanueva: teachers at Coronado, St. Mary’s Kindergarten teachers: Cindy Compagnone, Monica Gawith, Julie Stephens and Justine Baron, Renee Rivera and Smoky Valley Home School, Margie McGreevy and staff from Salina Christian Academy, Jessica Painter, Cherise Shelton, Shanel Tanner, Melinda Eitel, Andria Lilley, Kristi Herr, Kelly Leonard and Lindsi Christiancy from Stewart Elementary, Teri Aldrich and staff from Heartland Programs, Jennifer Kay-Higgins and 8th grade teaching team from Lakewook Middle School, Amber Fiske and her classroom staff from Salina South High School, Deb Garretson, Sheila DeHaan, and Sarah Tracy from their respective Home Schools, Sherry Krehbiel from Montessori Preschool, Shelly Deuter and staff of Ottawa County Head Start, Patti Robben, Bryn Curl, Abbi Anderson and Kristyn Burnett from Heusner Elementary School, Jarnee’ Saiz-Fischer, Terah Robinett and April Mayorga from Cottonwood Elementary School, Andrea Haden, Steven Kimmi, Preston McCorkle and Ben Schmidt from Schilling Elementary, and Michelle Rempp, JaNae Basinger, and Stephanie Chabon from Oakdale Elementary School.
It isn’t easy to arrange a field trip. There are a lot of irons in the fire on a regular school day. We recognize this and appreciate you all so much!