“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts,” – As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII – William Shakespeare
All the world’s a stage, as William Shakespeare wrote in his play As You Like It and more than 400 years later, we celebrated the 20th season of our stage and our TCS Players theater program during the 2018-19 school year at TCS.
TCS Players performed High School Musical Jr. for our school’s 20th show, March 2 and 3, at 7 Stages Theater in Little 5 Points. The show signified a bittersweet moment for our first eighth grade class, many of whom have participated in TCS Players since the second grade.
TCS Players has provided students with an experience that helps them nurture talents, strengthen bonds, and build confidence since 1999.
“Empathy, commitment, skill development, receiving constructive feedback, celebration of accomplishment and the recognition of challenge all enhance a student’s experience at TCS,” said Christy Robinson, director of Extended Day and Summer Learning at TCS.
Two Players alums who are now working in the film and television industry, Rachel Jordan and Olivia Washington, reflected on the impact of the program and what made it so special to them.
Actor Olivia Washington (TCS Players alumna, Class of 2007) shared, “There is magic that is created in Players and to be a working actor twelve years after graduation speaks to that. I just completed two years of Nickelodeon’s national tour of ‘Paw Patrol Live’… as I move forward in this career, I am forever grateful.”
Actress and TCS Players alumna Rae Jordan (TCS Class of 2009) recalled: “Two things that TCS Players gave me are confidence and courage. Being able to perform in front of your peers, teachers, and family can often incite nervousness or fear, but Christy always made sure that we were showered with encouragement and preparation! This readiness also came through collaboration. I remember working closely with peers to go over lines, learn songs and choreography, get costumes together, and everything that comes with a performance. Joining TCS Players helped me form a sense of community.”
Next year is “a whole new world” for TCS Players when the group performs a Disney classic – Aladdin Jr.!