Queen's University

Faculty of Education hopes to hit a high note with musical

 
2010-02-08

Students from the Faculty of Education are warming up their vocal chords for a major musical production. More than 70 teacher candidates will sing, dance, and work behind the scenes in Homeroom, a show that addresses important issues for contemporary teenagers and features 15 musical numbers.

“It’s an immense amount of work, but it’s so much fun and the people are so positive,” says Christopher DeLuca, one of four PhD students directing the musical. “The experience is so different from what we normally do that it’s absolutely engaging.”

DeLuca co-directed All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten last year, and says it was such a success that there were plenty of reasons to put on another production this year. 650 students from nine schools in the Limestone District School Board will attend a free, student-only performance. Members of the public are invited to see the show February 11 and 12 at 7 pm.

The show addresses themes of understanding, acceptance, independence and responsibility that are likely to resonate with audience members.

“A lot of teacher candidates have worked at these students’ schools, they’ve done their placements there, so it really brings the students and teachers together,” says DeLuca.

DeLuca adds that the experience is a special one for the Queen’s students, who don’t usually spend more than four or five weeks on campus at a time. Their longest stretch at Queen’s happens in January and February, which allows them to rehearse and perform the musical in a hectic five-week span.

“It’s actually rejuvenating and gives them energy because it’s different than most of their academic activities and it creates a real sense of connection to the community,” he says. “It’s a great experience to be a part of.”

Event Details:

What:  Homeroom - A musical for the Queen’s and
           Kingston communities.

Where: Duncan McArthur Auditorium, Faculty of
            Education,Queen’s University.
            511 Union Street, Kingston.

When:  Thursday, February 11 at 7 pm
            Friday, February 12 at 7 pm

Tickets: $5 for all students, $10 for adults, 
             available at the door.

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