December 4, 2020

Club Update: Unified Theatre creates a fun and caring environment

Members of Unified Theatre dance to "Gangnam Style". (Photo by Celia Golod '17)

Unified Theatre is a national organization that works to bring together students with or without disabilities. The high school, which has been participating for five years, is among 60 other schools involved in the student-run program.

With May comes a unique and entertaining student-produced play created by the Unified Theatre club.

Meetings, held in room 149 on Mondays and Wednesdays, are devoted to writing the script for this year’s play. The show this year is called “A Musical Trip Around the World,” in which actors travel to many parts of the world to perform and show appreciation for the music from that region. The whole production is put together by around 15 members who serve as actors, stage crew, set designers, and lighting crew.

“The goal of Unified Theatre is to put the spotlight on ability and giving students an identity based on what they can do, not what they can’t do,” said club advisor Alison Poltrino. “Through this program all students have an equal voice. Whether they want to be on stage, helping with set design, or technology. Unified Theatre also give students an opportunity to get to know others they may not have the chance to interact with otherwise.”

Caroline Lane ’17, director and producer this year, likes the more relaxed and creative aspects of the club. “It’s a fantastic way to enjoy theatre at the high school in a less rigorous environment including less of a time commitment,” she said.

After brainstorming ideas for their original play or musical, members work hard to execute their ideas.“The students usually begin by watching a previous performance to get ideas. There is a lot of brainstorming. Once a few ideas have been thrown out they will decide which provides the most options for skits. The skit writing usually takes a few weeks. Then they determine props and start creating/rehearsing. We try to take pictures throughout the process to put in the final slide show as well,” said Poltrino.

Keely Corscadden ’16, a member last year enjoyed the experience and gained insight. “I think it is important to get involved because it broadens horizons and allows you to try new things and meet new people. It really opens your eyes to how even the smallest kind gestures can make a huge difference in someones life.[In Unified Theatre], people gain a great group of new friends and the learn the importance of inclusion,” she said.

Performances will take place May 15 at 1:30pm and 3:00pm and will be free. New members are always welcome and there are many different ways to get involved.

 (Julia Clapham ’17, Staff Writer)

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