Finding Your Voice: DCE Performing Arts Students Train with Professionals

While preparing for the upcoming Rock of Ages musical performance, the D.C. Everest Senior High School’s Performing Arts Department had a chance to work with Lindsay Kujawa and Marcus Newton of Theatre Ruminate, a theatrical group that provides professional development opportunities to schools.  Through curated activities, discussion and one-on-one coaching, Lindsay and Marcus led both staff and students in directed activities. DCE Senior Alex Duhaime, who plays the lead character Drew, says, “I really liked the individual aspect of the training.  I think it helped me to learn how to develop and understand who my character is in this show and how to develop objectives to understand the meaning behind my character’s actions.”    

“I think it was a win-win situation for all involved,” notes Rock of Ages co-director Wendy Vesper.   “There are so many different styles of directing, and without being formally trained in any area, I was doing a little of this and a little of that. I sometimes lacked the confidence to take risks, because I didn’t always know if I was doing things the right way. After spending a week with Lindsay and Marcus, I have a better understanding of the directing process and have gained confidence to better direct students.”  Co-director Scott Atkinson adds, “This whole process has forced us to take a step back and evaluate the program as a whole to discover where we can strengthen the theater program in the future. It was a grueling week for all involved, but our show, Rock of Ages, will definitely benefit from this unique experience.”