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Education & The Realness

Education & The Realness

In November, over 300 students from six schools in three different Arizona Counties, tuned in to watch our Digital Reading of The Realness.
 
In addition to watching the digital production, schools received a worksheet with discussion questions.

Schools also had the option of bringing one of the actors from the show into their classroom virtually!
 
Any student who watched the show with their school was also eligible to attend a free ATCteen Masterclass online and become an ATCteen member! The drama students at Rincon High School and University High School, led by Maryann Green, were excited to have Marcus John who played Lord Styles in the show, join their classes! Marcus John talked about what it was like acting in a virtual production, and shared insights on the craft of acting, his career – including other shows he’s been in like Hamilton, Rent and Mamma Mia. The students had a great time and had an opportunity to ask lots of questions! 
 
We chose The Realness to connect to schools because we thought the young characters and their struggle to be true to themselves and figure out what feels real in a changing world, would resonate with students today.
 
“As a rural district, my students do not have an opportunity to see live theatre, so this virtual presentation was an eye-opener for them. While this was not a typical play, they were still able to glean a bit of how live productions can be meaningful and different than watching films. Most were glued to the Promethean Board and had only positive things to say about the experience. Since I usually take my students to two or three Arizona Theatre Company productions each year, this was a great opportunity to at least bring one of their productions into the classroom when attending the theatre was not possible due to Covid restrictions.” – Linda Sloan, Wilcox High School 
 
We are excited to continue to offer virtual programming that fits into school curriculum and is conducive to both virtual and hybrid classrooms! For more information on our Education offerings for schools please email Director of Learning and Education, Jasmine Roth at jroth@arizonatheatre.org 
 
This opportunity was made possible by the Murphy Foundation
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