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Branching Out

by Carly on March 13, 2017

in Academics,Career Paths

This semester, one of the education courses I am taking is called The Contemporary Classroom. One of the class requirements is to observe a teacher for at least 30 hours and teach a lesson plan that you wrote. Today I started my first day of observations with the Mehlville High School theater teacher, Mr. Moore. I will also be with him all of next week since I am on spring break from work. I am excited to branch out and meet people in a different district! I live close to Mehlville (in South County), and know a few people that graduated from there with nothing but great things to say. So that’s what led me to choosing that location. And from the very beginning of setting everything up, Mr. Moore has already been very helpful.

Today the students in the Mehlville district were off school so the teachers could have a professional development day. So I met Mr. Moore and a couple other teachers in the district at Oakville High School for that. The main topic for the day was student engagement, and how to get students off of their cell phone during class and rehearsal, and truly focusing on what’s in front of them. This is a growing problem in all districts, and an ongoing discussion and trial-and-error of how to combat this issue. Next week I will be observing in the classroom setting for all of Mr. Moore’s theater classes. Wednesday is going to be the day that I teach my lesson plan after I’ve been in the class for a couple days. Fingers crossed that I have a positive learning experience and all goes well! With the first day down, I’d say so far, so good!

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Another summer in St. Louis means another summer at the Muny in Forest Park! This is the 10th year I have had season tickets. I started out going with my aunt and grandma. Now it has grown into an even bigger tradition, and my mom and cousin come along as well. It’s a fun thing for the ladies in the family to do together. I have always had a fondness of live theatre, so the Muny season is something I look forward to every summer. Whether it is a show I have seen several times or one I know nothing about, I enjoy going to all of them. The summer 2014 lineup is as follows.

Billy Elliot

Tarzan

Porgy and Bess

The Addams Family

Seussical

Grease

Hello, Dolly

 

I’m glad that this year brings back Grease, one of my personal favorites. But also, there are a few shows that I have never seen on stage before (and I’ve seen a lot of shows). If you’re interested in going, you can typically buy tickets the day of. Or, get there early and snag some free seats in the back! Despite some nights being extremely hot, my time at the Muny is always cherished.

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I have always loved performing, and I guess I am decent at it as I did receive a scholarship for performing for my undergrad and I do want to be a theatre teacher.  But, if this is my passion, then why haven’t I done it more?

It’s so easy for us to get caught up in work, obligations to our families, sick kids or pets; your car needs to be fixed, and so on.  I allowed myself to get caught up in this for the past 5 years.  Yes, I have done about one show a year but this is a big change from what I used to commit to.  I allowed myself to get caught up in work and I thought this was being successful.  I was making money, I was working full time at only 23, and hey, I was able to live on my own and take care of my doggie.  That’s success right?  But I wasn’t happy.  Yes, I had good days, but it wasn’t that magical, happy to go into work every day, type of thing.  It was, oh I go into work, don’t really care if I am late or not, and something positive might happen type of thing.  That isn’t happiness.  I gave up performing as I used to so I could dedicate myself to my job, and with taking night classes, I just didn’t have time.  I think I rationalized it by having those night classes which were going towards my dream of teaching.

Now that I am almost done with my degree, and I had to quit my job in order to do my Student Teaching course, I have so much free time.  That could be why I am back to doing two shows at a time.  I am nervous because my routine of working daily is gone, but I am back to being happy.  I have such a great time at rehearsals; it’s amazing I ever let myself not do this!

However, no matter how much fun I have performing, nothing can ever compare to the joy I had teaching!  My mom brought up in the car the other day, “What happens if you get a teaching job and its not what you thought it would be?”  I immediately was shocked!  How could she even think this?  I have never felt so filled with purpose, so complete as when I was in the classroom.  It was like that Harry Potter wand moment!  I didn’t choose teaching, it chose me!  Now that I am job searching again, my parents keep suggesting full time jobs that, yes, I am qualified for, but they aren’t in a classroom.  I can never go back to doing anything but teaching.  I don’t know how people go through their lives doing something they don’t like!

So here is my last piece of advice to you who are here at Fontbonne beginning your lives!  Chose something great, chose something that makes you happy and do it!  Now, that doesn’t mean if you enjoy playing baseball or volleyball, painting, or pottery, acting or reading, still do that too!  Make choices for yourself!  I have always found myself to be a selfless person, but this is the time to be selfish.  This is the time to choose your career, to choose your destiny and enjoy it!

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Hey Fontbonne students- Welcome to the new school year!  I am Ann, and I am working on my Master’s in Theatre Education. I am also the Resident House Manager for Mustard Seed Theatre. This theatre is located on the Fontbonne campus in the Fine Arts building. I encourage all students to check out Mustard Seed’s latest show, “Going to See the Elephant.” It is a show about the trials and tribulations of 4 women in 1870 Kansas. There are some great dramatic scenes along with some humor. It is not to be missed. If you are interested in ushering a show contact Mustard Seed by going to their website www.mustardseedtheatre.com. If you usher, you can see the show for FREE! Otherwise student tickets are $20.00.

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Meet Me At The Muny!

by Alumni Posts March 6, 2012

One of my favorite things about St. Louis would have to be The Muny. Whether you have a seat up front or you are in the free seats (Yes, FREE!) you will always have a good time. The Muny is an outdoor theater located in Forest Park. Forest Park itself is full of so many […]

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Meet Me At The Muny!

by Alumni Posts December 7, 2010

Despite the fact that we have months upon months until summer, I am overly excited to say that The Muny, the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor theater right here in Forest Park, has released its summer 2011 season. The news came out Monday that performances begin on June 20 with The Muny’s premiere of “Legally […]

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What’s a metaphor?

by Alumni Posts April 21, 2010

Any future students, or current students, that serendipitously stumble upon my humble mumbles, there is an audition for Misery directed by Fontbonne’s very own Valleri Dillard.  It is a stage adaptation of the Stephen King novel.  It will be produced this fall in September (?).  Anyway, auditions are Monday, April 26th starting at 7:00 and […]

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Sarah- World At A Standstill

by Fontbonne University March 6, 2009

If I were stranded on campus for 48 hours with no class. I would entertain myself by… The Mustard Seed theater, a group of outside actors, produces shows in the  Fontbonne Fine Arts building that that I would be interested in going to.  The theater company performs shows all week long.  I would walk over […]

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