2010-06-18 / Letters

BCHS Is Not Closing!

Dear Editor,

As Drama Club Director at Beach Channel High School for over 20 years and a New York State Licensed Theater Teacher and English Teacher, I have been featured in your paper many times.

This year, we have had a lot to celebrate. Of late, I was quite dismayed to find that some parents were not yet aware of the fact that BEACH CHANNEL HIGH SCHOOL IS NOT CLOSING! With that in mind, I thought that there may be many things that we are doing that your readership, which includes “ our parents and teachers and students, may not be aware of. We are im-mersed in the arts. Here are some of the excellent events that occurred during 2009 to 2010.

New Victory Theater— students attended pre- and post- workshops at the school with Teaching Artists and attended the following productions: 1. Hansel and Gretel (Promenade Theater) 2. Chestnuts Roasting on the Flaming Idiots (Vaudeville) 3. We’re Going to Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up and Listen (Indie) 4. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (satire) 5. Elephant (morality play) 6. PaGaGnini (musical satire/physical theater)

Brooklyn Academy of Music- students attended a talkback with the artists for the following: 1. Raising Victor Vargas (film) 2. Poetry 2010 (hip hop/spoken word)

Manhattan Theater Club— I applied and was awarded a Target Experiential Field Trip Grant and chose MTC to come to the school to conduct four workshops with Teaching Artists and Professional Actors, and then, we attended the Tony-nominated production of Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories (a realistic modern drama) starring Linda Lavin.

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus— Band Members and Drama Club members collaborated with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus staff from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on a music video for Earth Day—Thursday, April 22, 2010. The students wrote, composed, performed and conceptualized this music video “Life” in ONE DAY. You can view it at the following link: http://www.lennonbus. org/media/vid eos/1775.

English Speaking Union— Beach Channel High School participated in the 2010 Shakespeare Competition for the 18th year running. Our Drama Club invited Channelview to participate in the first ever joint school Shakespeare Competition. After our school-wide competition hosted by the Beach Channel High School Drama Club, both our school winner and Channelview’s participated in the English Speaking Union’s Shakespeare Contest at the DiCapo Opera Theater. Channelview informed Scholar’s about the opportunity and they held a school competition and were represented at the DiCapo, as well.

ESU Teacher’s Choice Award— Student Elijah Winston was awarded the Teacher’s Choice Award for the greatest improvement in English and in addition, was bestowed a $200 check. Attended JASA with the band at holiday time, 2009 and in May to en-tertain the senior citizens.

Attended with Marching Band JFK Holiday Show for District 75 students

Other groups have been to NBC Studio tours, King Tut exhibit, the NY Philharmonic.

Served as Technical Support on professional and amateur productions including, Platanos and Collard Greens, Winter and Spring Concerts, Channel’s Got Talent Show, and too much more to mention.

YES, Beach Channel High School is alive and kicking.

Thanks for your support.

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