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October 21, 2013

Willsboro schools chief praised for theater support

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WILLSBORO —

There is an innovative fundraiser underway now — the member of school faculty or staff who has the most money donated in his or her name will be devoured by Audrey the carnivorous plant during a special assembly to promote the upcoming performance of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

One of the educational projects Broadwell and the arts teachers are considering is the possibility of having Willsboro become a centralized school for a concentration in the arts. 

“We are trying to show the expertise we have. We are still trying to explore the opportunities,” Broadwell said.

“There are other schools that have only a few students that have a serious interest in the arts, and this would be an opportunity to put them all together,” added Hopkins.

‘RARE LEADER’

Theater educators from around New York state annually submit nomination letters nominating leaders in education who endorse and support theater programs at the local level. 

Broadwell’s was written by Hopkins.

In his letter, he cited examples that include allocating funds to expand musical production, creation of an elementary program and a High School play program. 

Students pre-K through grade 12 have options for after-school theater education, as well, Hopkins wrote.

“I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of leaders over the years,” he told the association. “Rarely have I have been fortunate enough to work with an administrator who values and promotes the arts. Although his education background is in physical education, Stephen Broadwell is one of those rare and important education leaders who value the importance of theater education.”

COLLEGE-LEVEL COURSES

Broadwell, the letter said, “supported and encouraged the creation of two college-level theater courses and the level of rigor placed on students as they studied the complexities and sophistication of script, fundamentals of acting, including character development and improvisation skills and technical components.

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