PCHS GATES Students Facilitate Sharp Production of Annie, Jr.
The Pendleton County GATES program fosters service-learning as a way of helping students to extend their boundaries, learn more, and use their talents to serve others. Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
A very theatrical PCHS service-learning endeavor has just gotten underway as high school students are working together to help showcase middle school talent through a production of Annie, Jr. The production will be directed by high school students Clay Knight and Julia Holland while costuming will be created by Christine Philpott and choreography by Sarah Tackett. The sets and props are being collected and created by Maya Lustenberg. Former PCHS student and current UC student, Brett Price, who wrote and directed last year’s middle school dinner theatre has agreed to act a co-general manager with GATES teacher, Michelle Lustenberg. Middle School chorus teacher, Debra Holland will be playing piano and band teacher, Ian Insko, will be working with the mics and the sound board for this production.
The high school students have all been involved in drama, music, and art activities through KRT, PC Band and Choir, and the GATES program throughout the years. Now they are being challenged to use these talents in a leadership position. The students have already held auditions and have begun practices for what should prove to be a highly successful show. The show is scheduled to be performed on the Falmouth School Center stage on January 25th and 26th. Doors will open at 6:30 and performance will begin at 7:00. Students will also be performing dress rehearsals for other students in the district during the day on January 24th and 25th,