Paula Salky: Go see Joseph |

Paula Salky: Go see Joseph

During the past few weeks I’ve read in the Steamboat Today about countless winners from our area on various podiums across the world. The youth in our town excel in so many sports, and I love the spotlight they receive in our local newspaper.

Now it’s time for other stars to shine! These are the seniors and the cast of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” This cast represents the four years that Jamie Oberhansly has built the theater department and shows the dedication she has put forth in building a theatrical team — a team of professionals that teach these young musicians, technicians, singers, dancers and actors.

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a community of such professional talent, and the students have benefitted tremendously from their commitment to this program.

The students here who are not future Olympians or athletes have a chance to participate in a program that is proven to help them excel on so many levels. According to the American Alliance for Theater and Education, students involved in drama performance coursework or experience outscored non-arts students on the 2005 SAT by an average of 65 points in the verbal component and 34 points in the math component.

Drama activities improve reading comprehension and both verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Drama helps to improve school attendance and reduce high school dropout rates.

A 2005 Harris Poll revealed that 93 percent of the public thinks that arts, including theater, are vital to a well-rounded education. Drama can improve skills and academic performance in children and youth with learning disabilities.

Drama improves academic performance. Drama students are better test takers. Involvement in the arts increases student involvement and reading comprehension. They learn to communicate with one another and are given a tool to help build their self esteem.

There are still plenty of tickets to attend this weekend’s performance of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Come see what is happening in our community and support the winners on this podium — the stage of the Steamboat Springs High School. Go, go, go, go!

Paula Salky

Steamboat Springs

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