PHOENIX – A schoolwide collaboration in the Phoenix Central School District has taken flight, as the Junior Firebird Theater Troupe prepares to present “What Happened After Once Upon a Time.”
The partnership, sponsored by the Phoenix Chorus and Drama Boosters, pairs high school-age volunteer acting coaches with elementary school student actors.
The older students work with the youngsters to instill confidence, develop stage presence, and teach the importance of teamwork throughout the process.
According to student director Meghan Lees, a senior at John C. Birdlebough High School, volunteering with the elementary student actors has been a rewarding experience.
“It’s really awesome to see them come out of their shells and really develop their characters,” Lees said. “They are being introduced to music and the arts at a young age, and this is a great way for them to grow a love for theater. They are making friends that they will have for life.”
Lees is among several high school volunteers working with the 24 student actors.
The troupe rehearses after school in the Michael A. Maroun Elementary School intermediate cafeteria.
“You couldn’t ask for a better group of kids,” Lees said. “They have learned their lines quickly and I can’t wait to see everything come together on the night of the show.”
The culmination of their hard work will be at 7 p.m. May 18, when “What Happened After Once Upon a Time” takes the stage in the intermediate cafeteria.