Students from the Looking in Theatre program recently performed for our middle and upper school students during split assemblies, touching on difficult topics such as body image issues and substance use and abuse.
The performances were both humorous and highly emotional in turn, and served to spark conversations that many students have said they wish to continue during advisor meetings moving forward.
"This thrills me," Guidance Counselor Megan LaCour shared. "I think one of the ways our students grow is when they have an opportunity to talk with peers and a trusted adult about issues that impact their lives."
Looking in Theatre is a program based out of the Hartford Academy of the Arts in Hartford and is funded in part by Capitol Region Education Council. Each year, about 30 high school actors from central Connecticut are trained and perform many nearby Connecticut schools.
Each performance presents a number of scenes that focus on issues faced by adolescents, including but not limited to peer pressure, body image, bullying, sexual orientation, substance use and abuse, and family problems. The performances are geared toward the age group of the audience and are aimed at educating as well as opening up a dialogue for students, schools, and families. In order to accommodate a middle school performance and an upper school performance, the assembly was split and a special schedule was observed.
For more information about Looking In Theatre, check out a March 19 article from Connecticut Magazine.