En Guard!Friday, June 06, 2008 By Aria Corbin Smith
Practicing different acting techniques isn’t new to the Drama Majors of Rosa Parks High School. After doing it for some time, it becomes natural – second nature almost. This is how they prepare for a performance and get into character. They aren’t strangers to different acting techniques. Yet, the students were able to learn unfamiliar skills from exercise coach Steven Andresen who knows about the acting business. Amongst instructing the students how to fence, Mr. Andresen taught the student’s other techniques. “He taught us theatre games, and strong techniques to do a monologue,” explained Drama Major Meghan Levy, a junior. “These skills [give us] a better chance to get into a good school like NYU.” Not only did his visit give the students a chance to learn how to better themselves as actors and actresses, but simply as people. Meghan and fellow Drama Major Diane Wilson, a senior, agreed that Andresen taught them life lessons. The two explained how he instructed them the appropriate way to approach and speak to others. From introductions and speaking, to life goals and determination, Andresen gave the drama students a look into the theatre life.