As budget deficits plague the nation, public schools, school committees and superintendent’s offices are put in the unfortunate position of finding creative ways to finance programs and curriculums that teach our students lifelong skills, or lose them. Among these critical programs is performing arts. Data shows performing arts provide children with outlets for self-expression, discovery and creativity; that they boost confidence, help develop cognitive abilities, and improve communication skills.
Currently, Educational Theatre Association, International Thespian Society, American Alliance of Theatre & Education, and Theater in Our Schools have partnered to raise public awareness of the impact of theater education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. They are using March and April 2019 to officially promote community and school-based events and celebrations nationwide.
In conjunction with the nationwide efforts and to ensure Triton’s theater arts longevity, the district applied for and was awarded a two year grant of $46,920.00 to develop a self-sustaining performing arts program. Triton has partnered with Theater in Our Schools to not only raise awareness inside the school walls, but also into the community and beyond, through the Middle School’s production of Disney’s Aladdin. The Middle School program has extended an invitation to all students in grades 5-9 in the district to participate in the musical, in an effort to ensure Triton’s theater arts longevity.
Aladdin will be performed on Friday, April 5th at 7pm and Saturday, April 6th at 2pm and 7pm at the Triton High School Auditorium. Thanks to the support and creativity of an administration that believes in the arts, Triton is on its way to creating a self-sustaining, high-quality and enduring districtwide performing arts program.