ERIC Number: EJ701797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
Play Selection for High School Theatre: An Opinionated Essay on Some Questions and Controversies
Urice, John K.
Arts Education Policy Review, v105 n3 p11 Jan-Feb 2004
High school theatre productions can have broad beneficial effects. In addition to helping students, they can bring a sense of unity and focus to a school in ways most often associated with higher-profile athletics. The community in which the school resides often benefits from the entertainment and the visible expression of student achievement. Parents get to see their children in new, usually positive ways. In this essay, the author expresses his concern about the trend toward what might be described as "contemporary relevance" or "adolescent realism" in high school plays, raising important questions about the purposes, goals, and values of such selections. (Contains 8 endnotes.)
Descriptors: High Schools, Drama, Dramatics, High School Students, Theater Arts, Adolescents, Relevance (Education), Social Problems
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; New York (Buffalo)