Students unleash creativity in drama club

Alex Werner, Aiden Moulton, and Tommy Birkholz brewed up a story about a scientist and a journalist traveling to an island to uncover treasure before a pirate finds it. The journalist seeking to be first in reporting the discovery.

"We've got a few words down now past 'Once Upon a Time," explained Alex with a smirk. A returning member of the drama club, she was trying to pare down the plot, when the two boys in the group wanted to add a time machine and several scorpions.

Thursday Feb. 17, the students presented their mini-productions to their parents, acting out the parts they wrote

In this drama program, Janssen coached them to free-associate plus rely on their own personal experience to develop the stories, characters and dialogue. Janssen and other ATF actors and instructors have also been working with students at Glens Falls Middle School, a program in which professional actors bring the students' scripts to life.

The various exercises Janssen used in the Warrensburg program, including pantomime, collaborative talk and movement, were utilized to boost the students' expressive tendencies while giving them confidence and ability to work as a team, Janssen said.

After the recent performances, Kelly Angell said she enjoyed the experience as she learned play-writing and acting techniques.

"It was cool," she said. "We really had fun."

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