I just have to say, I have never seen a more beautiful demonstration of team work. This is a picture of what it takes to produce a musical, and if it isn't clear, it takes a village. You have actors, Morgan and JeShaun, rehearsing their scene, understudy Noah standing in for an actor who was ill, Alexis running the rehearsal track, Mr. Walker conducting and taking notes on vocals, Mrs. Strange taking notes on choreography, Mr. Mason studying the score, Wednesday's understudy, Heidi, taking notes for if she were to need to step in, Stage Manager Myron taking notes on curtain and lighting for scene changes, Assistant Stage Manager Samantha taking notes on set and props, Madison on book for lines, and we even have Bailey standing in as a tree to establish distance for blocking and choreo. I can remember my first year, when I was starting this program, and I was flying solo. We have come so far, and we will only continue to grow. I can't wait to see this show open!
We are so grateful for the opportunity to perform at Opening Day for Jessamine County! Everyone is a critical piece of this puzzle, and we are so happy to be part of the JessCo family. Thank you, Hasan Davis, for helping to inspire us, and thank you, Superintendent Matt Moore for reminding us of why we come to work each day! #forthestudents
"The stage is like home to me. Not even my second home, but my first home. It's the first place I go right after school, and I spend hours there at a time before I even go back to my actual house. It's a safe space where I can be myself, and the stage is so big that I never run out of room to grow. You get to leave all of your problems and stress behind as soon as you step foot in the theatre. You get to be someone else entirely and see things from a new head-space, and then you go back to just being you, and you feel brand new and your character has impacted you as a person. Theatre has made me unafraid."
“I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.”
– Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have lots of dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solution without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”
EJHS Theatre had a great first day of set-building this weekend! We made wonderful progress on our soon-to-be epic set for the Fall show, Play On! The talented cast and crew spent many long hours working on this, and it was amazing to see the teamwork. Here at EJHS Theatre, we don't just put on productions. These students get to learn more than how to project or how to recite lines. They learn the value of hard work and coming together for a common goal. We have so many hard-working, dedicated students in this department, and I can't wait to see this show come together!
A graduate of Jessamine County, Mrs. Sovkoplas is delighted to be working in the district that inspired her to pursue a career in theatre and English. She graduated from NKU with a BA in Theatre Studies and from UK with a Masters in Secondary English Education. She will be teaching English I and Drama this year!