Local students visit Broadway, learn about theater world

AMHERST – Students from the Regional Services & Education Center Academy, an alternative and individualized middle and high school program for students with special education needs, received an in-depth look at the world of theater through the school’s "Theatre Life!" intensive session recently.

The program illustrates RSEC’s focus on experiential and adventure education, and is one of several that students may include as part of their curriculum throughout the year.

"This type of learning builds character that transfers into the academic classroom, and along with the technical skills that come out of building a set or stage makeup, students learn leadership skills, communication and self-advocacy tactics, and connect those skills directly to real life applications," said Bridgette Doucette-Howell, one of the teachers who led the session and accompanied students on a trip to New York City to see "Something Rotten on Broadway."

Through the program, students also learned how to build a theatrical flat, design and construct a backdrop for a show, and how to develop their own radio drama. It also included a trip to the University of New Hampshire’s theater program, where RSEC students participated in classes for special effects makeup design and stage combat.