Last week, Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall played host to a pair of performances by young actors from nearby Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School.
Elementary school students staged a production of "A Night of Folk and Fairy Tales" on Wednesday, and on Thursday night, the middle school students performed Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Both productions were part of a collaboration among Margaret Brent, JHU, and Single Carrot Theatre.
"The arts are essential to a well-rounded education, and we are thrilled to partner with Single Carrot Theatre and Johns Hopkins to bring unique opportunities to our students," said Pamela Smith, principal of Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle.
Added teaching artist Cori Daniel, who worked closely with the students: "Most of the students had never experienced performing in a full production; we were giving them their first theatrical experiences down to the basics, from auditioning for a role to memorizing lines and rehearsing scenes to performing choreography. Hopefully, if they can conquer doing something so big in unfamiliar territory at such a young age, it will motivate them in their futures to dream bigger and aim for much higher goals."
The productions featured audio/visual services that were provided free of charge by Johns Hopkins University.
"Single Carrot Theatre is committed to having multiple access points to theater for the Baltimore community and neighborhood residents," said Genevieve de Mahy, artistic director for Single Carrot Theatre. "Partners like Johns Hopkins give us the opportunity to offer educational programming to introduce young people to theater. Students experience the numerous benefits of theater education, gaining skills in teamwork, collaboration, communication, self-expression and work-ethic."