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Tony says Good bye

DTE had to say goodbye last week to our wonderful intern Tony. Though we’ll continue to work with him at the Brooklyn International High School and at our major events like the Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival, this will be Tony’s final entry to the DTE blog. We wish Tony the best of luck through high school and beyond, and give him big thanks for all his hard work around the office and at events ranging from Angels and Accordions to Added Value’s Harvest Festival.

As some of you know I was an intern at DTEtc. I was there for three months. I did many things with them. I got to watch a show called Angels and Accordions and learn more about it. What is the purpose of the show? To bring people to Green-Wood Cemetery to appreciate the history and the beauty.

I like working with Martha and everyone else because it’s not boring here. I work like I’m in a real job. I have my own computer and always have my task to complete. I challenge myself. When I’m done with my task I ask them, “Do you have some more work?” I like to work, not just sit here. This was my first job experience. I think I did great-I had no trouble just being me. One thing I liked about my internship was writing for the blog. I write a lot so that’s good for me. I will take the English Regents Test at the end of January and my writing is getting better and better.

They showed me how to run your own business and how you get money to have it keep going. I also learned some computer skills that they taught me. So I just want to drop by to say goodbye. I am going to work with DTE in the Red Hook Festival and any other upcoming events if they would like me to. Who doesn’t want a great worker like me? I am also going to Drama Club next semester because it’s a good thing for us. We are international students, so it’s a good opportunity for us to have to work with new people. I can’t miss that next semester- I have to be there.

Tony Talks About Performing With Drama Club

On December 8th Drama Club had a performance at BIHS, in the gym. The performance went really well- our students are very talented, and the NYU students are also amazing. The only bad thing for us was the audience. We did wonderful work, and it felt like only 6 people showed up. I felt remorse about that. I was kind of feeling bad because I thought the NYU students were going to think that the school doesn’t care about drama club. After the show we served the audience food and talked to them. The performance was great- I feel like next semester I can’t miss drama club.

After we performed for our school, BIHS, we went to NYU to perform. We had a performance at NYU on December 15th. We had one hour to practice before the show. When I entered the NYU Theater it was nice and clean- it wasn’t really a big theater, but for our performance it was awesome because when you talk the audience can hear you nice and clear.

After we had practiced, we opened the doors for the audience. I thought 30 people were coming to watch us, but at the first performance it was the same thing- only about 6 people showed up. Now I was kind of feeling confident about myself, because we had the same number of people that came to watch our performance at BIHS.

The show at NYU was great. Afterwards, when we were talking to the audience, we asked them if they had any question for us. Someone asked how it felt to work with the NYU students. I said it was fun because you get to learn about them- what they like to do, what its like being in college- and they learned about our culture. My buddy and I once went to get a coffee to talk and learn more about each other.

After the show we had a party for the actors, and that’s the last time we got to see the NYU students. It was hard to say goodbye, but everyone knows everything has an ending. So we talked to each other, took pictures and ate. At the same time it was a member of drama club’s birthday, so the NYU students surprised her with a cake. It was awesome. I wish we could see each other again, act together, sing and be in drama club again. NYU students- we miss you guys.

-Tony St. Hilaire, BIHS Student, DTE Intern

Our Journeys …and what will you bring?

A collaborative, original production created by the Brooklyn International H.S Drama club and NYU students.

Monday, December 15 at 4:30 PM (Doors open at 4:15)
Jerry H. Labowitz Theater at NYU
(715 Broadway- enter on Washington Pl.)

Monday December 8th
3:30 in the BIHS Gym

This performance is drama club’s final project of the fall of 2008. If you want to come you are welcome to. If you do, you will see what Drama club is about. You will see what we have been doing since September 17.

This performance is our idea from Drama club. It is our work from Mondays, when we meet, where we split everyone into small groups. At the end of each week we perform to the class what we had been working on. That’s how we make the smaller pieces that make up this big performance.

The performance is very cool, you should see it- the NYU students are amazing to work with. You should see us perform.

Performed by BIHS Students:
Mariama Jalloh, Djane Joseph, Aissitou Barry, Djussica Carzo, Patricia Etienne, Wilbenson Eugene, Nadine Fleurival, Rahilou Jalloh, Nebojoth Jean, Christopher Leger, Fedia Louis, Rosenerlyn Morisset, Dieunie Morisset, Agathina Nozy, Donald Jean Pierre, Gregory Pierre, Quan Tang, Christina Cadeau, Michel Franski, Awa, and Jean Tony Sthilaire,

And NYU Students:
Angie Crain, Ava Houshmand, Keri Lyons, Tegan McDonough, Jessica Muise, Emily Rozanski, Rachel Shapiro, Sloane Taylor, Rebecca Thom,

Martha Bowers, Greg Manley, Lindsay Shields

Tony’s Take on A&A

At the beginning of my internship with DTE I went to Green-Wood Cemetery to work on Angels and Accordions. The cemetery was so nice. The workers did a really good job keeping the cemetery clean. That was my first time in a cemetery in the United States.

Angels and Accordions is a performance DTE has every year that’s celebrating its fifth year. Before the show starts, Martha talked over the microphone with the audience to thank them for showing up. After that we told them we had a train if they felt like they can’t walk, “so feel free to get in the train.” There were two people holding tall umbrellas- we told the audience to follow them and to stop when they stop and walk when they walk.

The cemetery is so big it took us 2 hours to go around it. When we went around the cemetery we saw the actors as angels. They stayed still like statues. It was so beautiful walking with the people who were playing accordion. Some angels climbed on the trees, some were running on the ground- some angels were in the lake, dancing. I had fun there, I hope next year I see it again.

–Tony St. Hilaire, DTE intern

My First Time at a Harvest Festival

This was my first time at the Harvest Festival. I never knew Red Hook had a farm, but it does. Now is your chance to go see it. When I went there I saw chickens running around. The workers were selling apples, peppers, etc.

In the Harvest Festival there were performances. I was watching a performance, it was great, they were singing in Arabic. Even though I have no idea what they were saying, it sounded great. I was shaking my head.

We made a tree. We wrote, “What’s growing in Red Hook?” Everyone put a leaf on the tree. It could be anything you want like one person wrote “My cousin got engaged.” I was sitting at the table watching Ruby. Ruby just graduated from NYU and she is an artist. She was drawing everyone’s portrait. It was free. It was hard to find somebody that wanted to go at first, but when she found a little girl that was strong enough to go then there was like 100 people that were on the line! She stopped when the harvest festival ended- they didn’t even give her a chance to pee!. This Harvest Festival reminds me of Haiti. When I was in Haiti sometime I go hunting with my uncle and we also picked yams!

–Tony St. Hilaire, DTE intern

Tony Talks About Drama Club

In my school, Brooklyn International High School every year we have Drama Club. In Drama Club we help students with their English. It doesn’t matter if you just came to the United States, we make you try to learn how to say everything in English. We also make you teach us how to say it in your language.

Every workshop we have to perform; students have to show something they have worked on that day in Drama Club. Sometimes we show a dance, or a scene or even a poem. On 12/8/08 we have a performance at Brooklyn International High School, and 12/15/08 we are going to NYU to perform. The theme for our performance is Journey. In Drama Club we create our own story to perform. Each of the students has to tell about their journey from their home country to the U.S. After that we look at all of those stories that the students have told, then we give our opinion about what we think. After we finish talking it over we create one big performance and perform in our school and NYU.

An interesting thing about Drama Club is having NYU students work with us. The NYU students are taking a class called Equal Exchange. Coming to work with us at BIHS is part of their class work.

In Drama Club we always have a buddy system. The buddy system is when we match a BIHS student to an NYU student. They can plan to go to a movie or visit the college, and the BIHS students can teach about their home country and their culture. My buddy, Rebecca, asks me a lot of questions!

-Jean Tony St. Hilaire, Junior, Brooklyn International High School

New Intern at DTE

If you were at Green-Wood for Angels and Accordions, you may have already met Tony. If not, now’s your chance to get to know the newest member of the DTE team.

Check out Tony’s bio on the DTE webpage.