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Demauro takes charge of play as student director

Eighth grader learns to manage entire production

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Eighth grader Karissa Demauro, right, directed and performed in the drama class production of The Brothers Grimm in November.

Eighth grader Karissa Demauro, right, directed and performed in the drama class production of The Brothers Grimm in November.

Emily Sosa

Emily Sosa

Eighth grader Karissa Demauro, right, directed and performed in the drama class production of The Brothers Grimm in November.

Rylee Anforth, Chronicle Editor

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     Directing a play is a big responsibility. The person in charge needs to to know everyone’s parts and all the light and sound cues. Eighth grader Karissa Demauro learned all about those responsibilities while being the student director of the drama production of “The Brothers Grimm” in November.
     Demauro has been in the drama class since last year and has been on stage as an actor in the previous productions. Drama teacher Lisa Schroeder said she wanted to challenge Demauro with a different side of theater.
     “She had expressed to me that she wanted ultimately to own her own theater and I thought to myself, ‘That girl has drive and ambition, why not give her the opportunity to work another side of theater so she is better equipped to understand all components of project management,’” Schroeder said.
     She got to observe how her fellow classmates prepared for their separate parts, which she thought was “quite interesting.”
     “I went from acting and focusing on one single part of a whole production to having to learn how to manage and give my attention to any and every single detail,” Demauro said.
     As the director, Demauro was often in charge of a group of students while Mrs. Schroeder worked with other actors. She said she had to manage groups like a teacher, asking her classmates to focus and stay on task.
     “What I liked the best was not that I had power in the class, she said. “Because of this position, kids saw me as a helping system if maybe they didn’t understand what Mrs. Schroeder wanted or if they needed pointers on something.”

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