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Students enhance creative skills through Drama courses

By Romuz Abdulhamidov, Philippe De Jesus, Angel Flores and Jhancarlos Rodriguez

Staff Writers

Drama class helps students carry out their creative skills in the form of acting. The teachers’ support motivates students to do their best when acting.

The Intro to Drama showcase, led by Estrella Esparza-Johnson, executive producer of Estronemicas DMR, will be held in the Mt. Pleasant theater at 7 p.m. on May 15.

The Advanced Drama showcase, led by Ron Johnson (also known as Mr. Jay), shows the progress many students have made since they started by allowing them to perform on stage in front of their peers. That show will be held in the Mt. Pleasant theater at 7 p.m. on May 17.

The entrance for both drama showcases is free.

“The overall importance of drama is not just teaching people and students how to tell stories; but, I think it also – through the collaboration that you do in theater and in drama – you teach people how to be better human beings,” explained Mr. Jay,  Advanced Drama teacher and Estronemicas DMR creative director.

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The flyers shown above (and below) were created by the student-led marketing team from the Intro to Drama course. 

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Students designed flyers in multiple languages to best serve the Rainier community. Being a part of the student-led marketing team is just one of the roles students learn to play in the drama program, which allows Rainier students to learn about how to write, direct, stage and promote their own original work. 

The marketing team worked to use social media and old-fashioned bulletin boards and flyers to spread the word to fellow students, and other community members, about the drama showcases. 



See below for a video about the drama program at Rainier:

UPDATE: The video below offers a look at the student panel that followed the Intro to Drama showcase on May 15. The Advanced Drama class will offer a similar panel following their May 17 showcase. VIDEO PRODUCER: Molly Pigot


Theater brings the world together

Drama classes promote individuality and self-expression

Theater instructor shares his experiences in the industry

Student offers thoughts on Advanced Acting course

A drama teacher defends her craft

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