St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

Reflections by Randy Hodge

Lights, Camera, Action for the St. Patrick Drama Club

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 10:15 AM

At the end of every school year, our students, parents, and teachers take a survey about how we can improve the academics and programs offered at St. Patrick School. Our survey two years ago revealed a strong desire by many of our school families for the school to offer more non-athletic extracurricular activities. Many families expressed a strong desire to restart the drama club.

With that goal in mind, a group of parents got together and formed a group that has become known as Patrons of the Arts. They provide support and feedback for many of our extracurricular groups and were instrumental in helping us create two positions to oversee our drama program.

The first thing we needed to do was hire experts who have strong knowledge of the theatre. We were blessed to have two veterans of local theatre apply for our director positions. Mrs. Mattie Timmer and Mrs. Sara Pohl, both of whom are now in their second year leading and directing our program.

Once we had leadership in place it was time to get the ball rolling. Last school year, we started drama club for students in grades 3 – 12 where they gathered one day a week after school. Students worked on their acting skills throughout the school year and their hard work culminated with them performing skits in our parish hall.

This school year, students have continued meeting once a week to work on their acting skills with the goal in mind of putting on a bigger production. And we are excited to announce that the school play is officially back!

On Thursday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m. and on Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m., students in grades 3 – 12 will be performing The Entire American Revolution (in 40 minutes or Less) on our stage in the school gym. This production is a one act play that flies through the major points of America’s quest for independence. It is a comedy that allows you to watch patriots such as George Washington, Paul Revere and Benjamin Franklin battle King George III and his British soldiers. From the Boston Tea Party to the Battle of Bunker Hill to the crossing of the Delaware to the British surrender at Yorktown; it’s all included! This play is full of history and hysterics.

We are appreciative to our parents for their feedback on how we can best meet the needs of our student body as well as having our Patron of the Arts group taking the initiative to help get the drama club established and running. Finally, we are thankful to have skilled and experienced individuals such as Mattie Timmer and Sara Pohl leading our program.

We hope to see you at one of the performances of our school play on March 9 and 10th (please note there is no admission fee to see the play but free will offerings will be accepted) and look forward to hearing your thoughts about how we can continue to improve our drama club or any of our extracurricular offerings.


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