Triple Threat Classes
Stumptown Stages' Triple Threat classes provide students comprehensive instruction into the theatre arts. Musical theatre performance requires one to excel at acting, singing and dancing. The Stumptown Stages' instructors specialize in each of these areas and work with students to help them excel as performances. Read the stories below for more details on the classes.
Stumptown Stages' is continuing to raise funds for spring Triple Threat classes at Rosemary Anderson High School East (Gresham Campus). If you feel passionately about offering disadvantaged high school students access to the arts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can help support this wonderful program.
Students "Explore Their Own Magnificence" with Stumptown Stages Dance Instructor, Laura Stilwell
“I enjoy the challenge of bringing students out of their shells, so they can explore their own magnificence. This arts program will be a powerful influence on every aspect of their lives.”
—Laura Stilwell, Dance Instructor
Thanks to a generous grant from the Charlotte Martin Foundation, Stumptown Stages conducted the first session of Triple Threat classes at Rosemary Anderson High School in North Portland, a last stop for students who have not succeeded in the traditional learning environment of Portland Public Schools. Ninety-five percent of RAHS students live below the poverty line. At the end of September, students completed a three week dance module with Laura Stilwell, and have just begun their acting instruction with Gary Cash. They will finish off the workshop with instruction in vocal techniques from Doug Webster. We are proud to offer Rosemary Anderson High School students the opportunity to train with some of Portland’s premiere musical theatre artists.
Stumptown Stages' sat down and chatted with Laura Stillwell, Stumptown Stages’ Dance Instructor at RAHS, for a little Q&A about her experience.
Q: What is your favorite part about teaching in this program?
A: It's very rewarding for me to be able to teach students that don't have the same advantages that other students have. I enjoy the challenge of bringing students out of their shells, so they can explore their own magnificence. It's a wonderful process. I learn so much from the students as well. They are very clever and talented.
Q: How do you think dance benefits teens in particular?
A: Dance is beneficial to the students' self esteem. Dance keeps you focused and it keeps your mind clear; this is very important for teenagers.
Q: How have the students progressed through the course?
A: They have gained more confidence in their dancing and in themselves. I provide a safe and supportive environment, so I think the students felt they could trust me to guide them through. The students really became one group by the end of the month. They got to know each other and really supported each other.
Q: How was it partnering with Stumptown Stages?
A: Terrific! I was very excited to be involved with Stumptown Stages! Such a wonderful company! I look forward to future endeavors! I would like to add that Stumptown Stages is offering such an incredible experience to the students at Rosemary Anderson High School. This Arts program will be a powerful influence on every aspect of their lives. Bravo to Stumptown Stages!