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Ashland High works with New York theater in producing plays

Ashland High School Theatre 2 students are collaborating with schools in Greece and Texas in writing and producing a short play through the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City.

Students in geographically isolated communities, such as Ashland, join with other schools in a playwriting and production project via the Internet.

Classes at each site write an original play based on an MTC production and their play is then produced by students at a partner school.

Using distance-learning technologies, students confer with MTC teaching artists, study the MTC play and communicate with their partner schools. The work culminates in a presentation of the plays via videoconference or streaming video.

Ashland High has participated in the program since its inception in 1997. The Manhattan Theatre Club, founded in 1970, has grown from a prolific Off-Off-Broadway showcase into one of the country’s most acclaimed theater organizations on Broadway.

Theatre 2 students Leila Kenner, left, Kiara Hill, Nika Markel, Kate Jaques Prentice and Sierra Milburn improvise a short scene about a family portrait-gone-bad Wednesday at Ashland High School. The class is studying playwriting with the Manhattan Theatre Club and collaborating with schools in Greece and Texas. Mail Tribune/ Denise Baratta