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High School Class Adapts and Stages Classic Murder Mystery

posted Jan 3, 2016, 5:52 AM by Todd West   [ updated Jan 12, 2016, 3:15 AM ]
Public Performance FRIDAY 8:00pm at the Reach Performing Arts Center (after Winterfest).

Get ready for a classic “who done it” when students in Deer Isle-Stonington High School’s Arts Pathway class stage scenes from Agatha Christie’s novel And Then There Were None. 
The students in the class have been working since the beginning of the semester writing, organizing, and directing the event with the help of teachers Marion Austin and John Lincoln.  The event follows the “Living Room Project/Symposium” model developed by Opera House Arts.  


The day will consist of the entire student body participating in arts integrated activities about the novel. The high school theater class will perform chapters three, four, and the epilogue based on an adaptation written by the students in the class. On top of that, students will be putting on the performance for the public in the evening, where they will showcase the earlier events of the day, as well as have the adults participate in some of the same arts integrated activities as the student body.


The day-long literary symposium model is not new to the students.  Developed over the past three years by Opera House Arts as “The Living Room Project,” the symposium model exposes students to the broader context of a work of literature through a multimedia exploration of its themes, a staged performance, and analytic group discussion.  DISHS students have already participated in symposia based on The Grapes of Wrath, The Old Man and the Sea, and The Things They Carried.


By planning, organizing, and leading the symposium event, students in the Arts Pathway class are learning important 21st century skills such as problem solving, collaboration, and entrepreneurship.  Because the course is aligned to state and national learning standards, students are also acquiring the same critical reading and writing skills that they would in a traditional English class.


The class, in which students earn both and English and a theater credit, is part of the Pathways program at DISHS.  Pathways courses seek to help students attain rigorous academic learning outcomes by connecting school work to topics of student interest.  Through collaboration with community partners, Pathways courses “flatten the walls of the school” and allow students to work and learn alongside teachers and community experts.


The symposium event for the entire student body will be WEDNESDAY, January 13th.  There will be a public performance for the community FRIDAY, JANUARY 15th at 8:00pm in the Reach Performing Arts Center following Winterfest.  Admission is free.

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