Education Matters: Students Build Theater Set

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Some Central Arkansas high school students have found a classroom at a local theater.

The lesson is learning what it takes to build a set for an upcoming production.

They're under the bright lights and the direction of teacher and Weekend Theater Director Brian Chambers.

"It would be a great opportunity for them to maybe help me out with the design," says Chambers, EAST Facilitator at Maumelle High School.

The Maumelle High School students are hard at work, cutting, drilling and piecing together the set of the new show "Almost Maine."

"I was really excited about it actually. I mean we've done some smaller scale stuff like this in the classroom, but nothing to this scale," says Garrett Bakanovic, Maumelle High School Junior.

This time, the students are using tools from the classroom and seeing if it measures up to the creation they're building inside The Weekend Theater.

"It's nice to do work for the community," says Braden Li.

The opportunity presented itself in Chambers' EAST class, which stands for Environmental and Spacial Technology.

"They're using a lot of software programs, computerated design and sketchshop, auto desk inventor," he explains.

Students design the set but the hands-on experience is what brings it all to life.

"Being able to do hands-on learning really helps taking the knowledge I have from the books and apply it and it helps me learn it even better," adds Bakanovic.

"They see the professional aspect of theater and how quickly sets need to be designed," Chambers continues.

The finished product is one they'll be proud of.

You can see it for yourself by catching the show at The Weekend Theater (1001 W. 7th St.). "Almost Maine" begins Dec. 1.

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