Kaleigh B. of Cherry Valley
Confidence from the Classroom to the Stage
Theatre isn’t all about acting. Kaileigh used her love of theatre as inspiration for her Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project by developing an after school program for students in grades 3-5. “By combining physical activities with theatre exercises, the students learned the basics of improvisation, acting, and designing for the theatre.” The program met twice a week for six weeks. The students started every day with a game that involved physical activity in order to release excess energy and enable them to focus and be ready to work.
During the first few weeks, the curriculum’s emphasis was on leadership, confidence, tolerance and collaboration. By using targeted theatre exercises, the students learned techniques to express themselves through the art of theatre. Next, the students were divided into two groups, each led by leading members of the Leicester High School Drama Club, and were challenged to write, design, and act out their own short plays. The project built upon everything the students had learned while developing their leadership, cooperative learning, and tolerance skills. At the end of the program, each group performed their project for their parents as well as the other students.
Kaileigh recently completed her freshmen year at Fordham University where she is studying Theatre Design and Production with a concentration in Stage Management. Over the past year, she has become a Fordham Theatre Ambassador, was elected by her professors to be one of four executive committee members for the Fordham Theatre Design Show; was nominated to participate in the Fordham University Expected Leadership program; became a 2013 Orientation Leader, and was the Assistant Stage manager for five Fordham University performances. She has also participated in numerous Hurricane Sandy relief efforts around New York City. Her plans for next year include studying at the Russian Art Theatre in Moscow, stage managing at least two university shows, and finding an affordable apartment in New York City.