Some Apollo-Ridge students will take their drama to a whole new level this week when they present skits created as a class project at a statewide education convention.
Four students from Apollo-Ridge, Sierra Grguric, Dakota Petika, Isaac Thompson and Breanna Murray, will share their mini-musicals with attendees of the Pennsylvania School Board Association’s annual Leadership Conference at its Excellence Fair on Thursday.
The exhibit, along with another where Apollo-Ridge is represented, is one of 36 selected to participate from schools statewide.
“I believe this will be a terrific learning opportunity for them, and they will be great ambassadors for the district,” Apollo-Ridge Superintendent Matthew Curci said. “I am really excited that they will be able to showcase some of the really cool things that our students and staff are doing using authentic learning opportunities.”
The students, now eighth-graders, participated in the project during their sixth-grade year, writing, designing and performing musical skits based on different historical periods and geographic locations.
“This was just a great opportunity to capture the attention of the theater arts for the students and introduce them to every aspect of the theater at an early age,” said Bethany Greenlee, an Apollo-Ridge teacher who, along with band teacher Don Varuola, led the class.
Apollo-Ridge will also present an Excellence Fair exhibit at the district education foundation’s speaker series on the same day.