Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka highlights five lucky children who win the privilege of visiting Willy Wonka’s candy factory, by finding golden tickets in five of his candy bars. The children must follow the rules in the contract they signed before entering the factory… or suffer the consequences.
The mission of the FAME (Fine Arts Mentorship Experience) program at ERMS has been and remains to be to educate students about and hone their talents and skills in the managerial, technical, and performing aspects of the theater arts. Our goal is to challenge and inspire students to explore their own and others’ perspectives and make positive changes in their mindsets and encourage positive change in others’ mindsets through the art of theater. This is the purpose of educational theater. We strive to give our students a chance to be artists.
We accomplish this through the production of an annual spring musical for which we follow the teaching/learning standard below.
“In theater, the artists create an imagined world about human beings; it is the role of the actor to lead the audience into this visual, aural, and oral world. To help students in grades 5-8 develop theatre literacy, it is important that they learn to see the created world of theatre through the eyes of the playwright, actor, designer, and director. Through active creation of theatre, students learn to understand artistic choices and to critique dramatic works. Students should, at this point, play a larger role in the planning and evaluation of their work. They should continue to use drama as a means of confidently expressing their world view, thus developing their “personal voice.” The drama should also introduce students to plays that reach beyond their communities to national, international, and historically representative themes.”
(Retrieved from http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/standards/full-text/5-8-standards.aspx)
As part of our commitment to students’ education, we rotate the genres of the musicals produced on a three-year rotation plan, so that over the students’ middle school careers, they will have experienced the design techniques, acting styles, and marketing techniques for the genres of realistic drama, comedy/farce, and fantasy/children’s theater.