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Sunday, December 12, 2010

'Educating Rita' goes to school, with Milford man as a star

While Square One Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s "The Mousetrap" was in production, Square One’s ongoing Educational Program took its production of "Educating Rita" to Stratford Schools performing for students at both Bunnell and Stratford High Schools, theater officials said in a statement.
"In addition to the production, the Square One Educational Program, funded by People’s United Bank, provides the teachers with Educating Rita Study Guides for in-class preparation before and after Square One’s visit," the statement said.
Each performance featured Artistic Director Tom Holehan who introduced the actors, Frank Smith, of Milford and Vanessa David, of Stamford, portraying a down-on-his-luck college professor and a wants-to-learn-it-all student respectively, and set each scene of the play, the statement said.
The performances were followed by a Q&A with the students, actors, director and teachers.
A follow-up class assignment required each student to write a brief ‘review’ of the play to be shared with Square One Theatre, the statement said.
Square One Theatre has for 12 years taken one of its plays into school classrooms and libraries allowing for more intimate theatrical experiences while at the same time enriching each school’s curriculum, the statement said. In 2005, Square One Theatre received “The Friend of Education” Award from the Stratford Board of Education for its work with the schools and students, it said.
In the photo, l to r, Claire Rodriguez, Stratford high student; Frank Smith, of Milford, Square One Theatre actor; Mary Tourigny, Stratford high student; Vaness David, of Stamford, Square One Theatre actor; and Zachary Schaeffer, Stratford high student

Editor's note: The information in this post was provided wholly by Square One Theatre


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