Sometimes life itself is unfair. There are many reasons why people feel depressed, but there are also many ways to express those feelings. Deciding what you want is the first step to getting what you want out of life.On Thursday, May 22, 2008, students from DTE’s TheaterWorks at South Brooklyn Community High School shared their devised piece about peer pressure, friendship, loneliness, ignorance and innocence. These students are addressing these issues, finding solutions and overcoming them through their performance. This is their voice. They are spreading a message that the whole world needs to know.Students from the Performing Arts Program at BIHS filled the audience and shared in the passion and excitement.
– Nebajoth Jean, DTE Intern, BIHS
Bob and TheaterWorks spent Friday working hard at DTE.
They took a moment to pose with Martha and the dog.
On Friday, February 29, TheaterWorks went to see the play Gone To Look For America. It was held at Arron Davis hall located at City College. The Creative Arts Team Youth Theater performed the play. Our reason for going was to pick out what kind of acting techniques we would like to use for our work.
The play was about the past and present problems of America. It included things like drugs, segregation, spending more than you have, and how the war in Iraq is affecting families. I loved watching it. I had never been to anything like it. It was short, but it really touched me in an emotional way. Especially when they talked about segregation and how black people were being lynched. They used so much creativity in that scene. It was inspiring. I would like to use the same creativity they used in our performances.
I saw a couple of techniques I would like to use. One technique was the way the actors signaled each other. They would stomp on the ground to signal when to fall when actors were hit or shot. Another thing I would like to take from the performance was how even though there wasn’t anything on the stage, the actors created imaginary environments. In one scene, a mother was in the kitchen cooking a Thanksgiving dinner. Even though there wasn’t really a kitchen on the stage, I could see it.
Overall, I enjoyed the play and have been inspired to do something similar in my own work.
– Daesean Lassiter
Take a look at the beautiful pictures of DTE’s Performing Arts Program at BIHS (aka Drama Club) and SBCHS and Bailey’s Cafe taken by Ally!
This fall, I was in a program called TheaterWorks with several other students at South Brooklyn Community High School. The purpose of the program was to teach students ways to improve their acting and other theater skills.
When I first started theater works, I was nervous because I’ve always had a bit of stage fright. As the program went on, I became more comfortable performing in front of people. We were all so afraid at our first show. We thought that we were going to mess up. We did, but the audience didn’t notice, so we just kept going.
We did a lot of acting exercises in rehearsal. We also talked a lot about the war in Iraq. Our discussions made my opinion even stronger. The war has become just a waste of time. I don’t understand why the U.S. is there.
Being in TheaterWorks has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I am an aspiring actor, and this program has helped me to pursue that dream. It has also opened doors to many other opportunities. For example, one day, Martha came to TheaterWorks to watch our rehearsal. To make a long story short, I now work as an intern for DTE.
-Daesean Lassiter, senior at SBCHS and DTE intern
Thank you to all of the performers and audience members!
Don’t miss out on DTE’s Youth Performances! Monday, December 17 @ 4:00pm at BIHS. Featuring work by: DTE’s Performing Arts Workshop at the Brooklyn International High School, Bailey’s Cafe Theatre Troupe, and DTE’s Performing Arts Workshop at the South Brooklyn Community High School.
South Brooklyn Community High School’s theater program spends a day rehearsing at DTE with teaching artists Kymbali, Pat and Elin.