On Thursday, May 3rd the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) and the Jackson Parish Library concluded their five week session of Drama Warehouse. Drama Warehouse is literacy based educational outreach project aimed at high school students who do not have theatre in their public school curriculum. During the five weeks session students worked with instructor Allison Gilbert Bennett who holds a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from Louisiana Tech University and who owns Stitchville a downtown Ruston business. When asked why this project was so important she responded “The pro’s of this project are not just the exposure to performing arts but rather the skill building exercises that strengthen public speaking.” Each student performed Poetry, Short Story, or a self written piece. Bennett said “It was amazing experience to watch the students blossom from the first week to the final performance…to see them become confident expressing their points of view and standing in front of an audience.”
NCLAC would not have been able to achieve this project without the generous donations of our community. Special thanks to Jackson Parish Library, Casey Parkinson, Joshua Chambers, Travis & Kitty DeFreese, John O’Neal, KLS Physics Group, Gary & Terry Nix, Laura Hunt, Hi Tech Computers, Roberta Green Hinton, John & Nancy Wallace, and Charlotte Bailey. Without individuals like these our programs would not be a success.