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Community School of the Arts end of the year theater performance set for April 17

April 15, 2013

Indiana State University's Community School of the Arts (CSA) will wrap up its spring semester with an end of the year performance by the FUSION theater group at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 in the New Theater.

The after-school program provides a fun and educational opportunity for students to learn about theater and to express creativity through hands-on experience. "FUSION" enables students to find a voice, work collaboratively, problem-solve creatively, and feel pride in accomplishment in producing a final performance piece.

Led by Sherry McFadden, chair of Indiana State's theater department, classes begin with theater games and workshops, meant to introduce middle school students to performing and becoming comfortable in front of an audience. The curriculum is based, in part, on the textbook "Theater Games for the Classroom, A Teacher's Handbook" by Viola Spolin.

The book describes "Story Theater" which uses games and improvisation to help students become aware of themselves in the context of a theater production. A workshop and rehearsal schedule is planned at the beginning of the program. This schedule is given to all the participants and they are encouraged to share it with their families. "Homework", (i.e. rehearsal of lines, stage direction, etc.) has the potential of becoming an activity in which the family participates.

As the weeks progress, students evolve and become a group theater company where everyone has a role. Students learn about performance, design, direction and stage and crew management. The group learns about responsibility; that everyone must contribute and collaborate so that the play is a success.

Learning to share ideas and respect other ideas is an important aspect of "FUSION". The class culminates with a final theater performance during the last week of classes. The Community School of the Arts is one of the new programs at Indiana State funded through the Unbounded Possibilities initiative. The Community School of the Arts provides hands-on arts learning experiences for children, youth, and adults in the Wabash Valley while providing ISU students who are majoring in the arts outstanding opportunities for experiential learning through teaching.

Admission to the event is free. For additional information contact Petra Nyendick at 812-237-2575 or


Contact: Petra Nyendick, director of Community School of the Arts, School of Music, Indiana State University, 812-237-2575,

 Writer: Ebonie Lamb, arts marketing intern, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University,