Joe Charles

Second Place

Prize Awarded:
Apache High School
Apache, OK

Project Description:

The students at Apache High School, with the help and guidance of Charles, have built an "Independent Student Theatre" program that allows students to have drama performances at the school. With no auditorium at the school but the desire to start an extracurricular drama program, students secured a sizable room and the permission to transform it into a theater. The students relied upon personal means to provide all necessary materials, labor and time to work on the project after school and on weekends. Complete with seating for 70 people, an elevated stage, dressing room, wardrobe and property storage, technical control room, and a lighting, sound and video-recording system, the Apache High School Drama Group now presents two full productions each year. Participation in drama activities is directly tied to improved academic performance, self-confidence and team work skills. Thanks to the determination of today's students, future generations of Apache students can enjoy the opportunity to participate in theater activities.