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The S.T.A.R.S. (Students in Theater & Related Arts) project is related to the development and expansion of an interrelated arts program in our school. We are a public school in South Carolina with an enrollment of 843 students (up from 740 at the start of the year) in a school designed to house 550. We are still growing daily. In response to this growth my principal recently added drama to our related arts department. I am charged with the development of that program and am also the K-5 drama teacher. My first goal has been to upgrade our current performance space (including adding portable staging, microphones, and lights) in such a way as to afford all students an occasion to be onstage. The S.T.A.R.S. project will provide opportunities for students to perform onstage in an annual musical theater production as well as 11 other performances. Students will go through audition, rehearsal, and performance/production processes while learning the value of teamwork. The program will give them a chance to apply concepts learned in their music, art, and drama classes and will give them opportunities to practice reading, characterization, and memorization skills. It will also allow for self-expression through music, movement, art by providing students with opportunities in acting, singing, advertising, stage design, & production. The S.T.A.R.S. performances will help students understand the collaborative efforts that go into any production. In short, it will be a wonderful opportunity to experience the theater up-close, and for many, this will be a first-time experience. With this grant request I am asking for funding to purchase 1-3 lavalier condenser microphones plus battery packs to be used in our upcoming productions. This microphone will allow students to safely project their voices and be clearly heard by the audience so that essential dialogue and vocals will not be lost. The purchase of this microphone will also be an investment towards the future as it will be used this year and in years to follow. The microphones being requested have been chosen as an alternative to more expensive models normally used in musical theater. In closing, I see this as an important step towards transforming our current performance space into one that can accommodate the number of students that are currently enrolled in each grade level. Through the S.T.A.R.S. performances, I believe that each of our students will be affected in a positive way whether onstage, backstage, or in front of the stage.
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