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JHS Theatre Summer Musical Helps Incoming Freshman Make Connections

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    The move to high school can be overwhelming for many teenagers.
     But something new this summer at Joplin high school is helping to alleviate some of that stress and give incoming freshmen something more than just stage experience.

 

Get your head in the game, music played over speakers at Joplin high school performing arts center.
Robert Kelly wasn
t just connecting choreography with lyrics. Being in High School Musical is connecting him to  others.
Robert said, "It's welcoming. I haven
t been bullied yet. So, I hope it doesnt happen."

New freshman said coming to high school can be  daunting.
Paisley Freund explained, "I was very scared.  I didn
t know anything about this school."

The summer musical that offers a half credit for actors and half credit for technical crew work,  means rehearsals twice a day.  And it  includes incoming freshman, current students  and outgoing seniors who understand being the new kid.

Recent graduate Anna Nguyen related, "The transition from middle school to high school is tough. So, once they do this show, I believe, I think they
ll be able to get their ways around."
 

 Robert says its a balancing act between football and theatre but his sister already believes theyll be benefits for her younger brother.

Olivia Kelly, a senior said, "I think it's helping him spread his wings. It
s gonna make high school much  easier for him. Hes gonna go into it already  having friends, having experience in the school, and this is something hes wanted to  do. And its cool we get to start doing it together, sooner rather than later."

Robert said all 8th graders could benefit. "It's a new experience,  getting into something new,  and try it. It makes it a whole lot easier going into the school year. "

Paisley agreed, "You're gonna know  where places are better.  And you're gonna be able to see everyone and just think like,
I know that person. Its not as stressful that way."
Paisley said she's gotten first hand  tours and said theatre kids are compassionate, "It
s nice to be in place where everyones supportive of you."

The theatre department director, Ashley Trotnic  has seen it happen in hallway conversations. One in particular a  sophomore offering help with choreography. She said, "I  thought to myself, that  is exactly why we're doing this. They have already made friends. It
s going to be that much easier  for them  next year to feel they already belong,  have a place they belong."

Just ask Robert.  "I feel really comfortable around this school now.
 I've really gotten used to it. I
m excited about the play."
 

And they danced singing, Were all in this together.

High School Musical performances are scheduled from June 21st to the 23rd.
 

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