The UPREP Smart Experience
To supplement UPREP’s academic offerings, UPREP is currently implementing a grant that was awarded through the 21st Century Learning Grants funds. The creative design of the program is to provide UPREP students with a number of opportunities in performing arts and music. The design also provides academic tutoring to enhance all core subject areas.
The Smart Experience is being offered to all UPREP 7th and 8th graders in partnership with the Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA). Participating students learn to play instruments and select from a menu of performing arts offered by performing artists. Events for The Smart Experience kick off on February 11 with a school field experience at the Auditorium Theater. Students will see the Rochester Broadway Theatre League presentation of Sister Act.
This array of opportunities in the performing arts will continue through the school year, with Saturday and summer sessions for the next three years in this grant cycle. The program’s goal is to present experiential and kinesthetic methods and strategies in order to learn new skills and solidify current academic skills. Students will perform in a community production at the end of the school year as a culmination of this semester’s activities.
WHEC Channel 10 recently featured UPREP students and their introduction to some of the activities afforded by the grant:
Students at University Preparatory spend the day learning about the magic of theater
Updated: 02/04/2014 6:20 PM
Created: 02/04/2014 4:16 PM WHEC.com
Students at the University Preparatory spent the day learning about what goes into an onstage production.
The Theatre Team Workshop Program offered by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League gives students at University Preparatory a chance to learn more about the arts.
Students are taught lessons around the theme of the show and are educated about the music in each show. Then they are taken to the theater to see the show live.
Bob Sagan, RBTL Director of Education, said, “How exciting it is when we have our groups of students come in and they take their seats in the theater and the experience they have is a life-changing experience for many of them.”
More than 600 students will have the chance to take part in the “Sister Act” Theater Workshops. The show will be on stage at the Auditorium Theater February 11 through February 16.