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 Teacher Information

 SSHS Theatre Program

The "Tractor Shed Theatre"

Director/Educator - Molly Rice

Molly Rice was the SSHS 

Teacher of the Year 2009-2010  

Read more about Mrs. Rice & The Tractor Shed Theatre here in the Outlook Magazine

 District winner Jakia P. will represent SSHS at the National Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest (STATE-LEVEL) at Greensboro in late March.  Watch Jakia's recitation of Gwendolyn Brooke's "Blackstone Rangers":

Congratulations to SSHS and Bunker Hill in such a successful district level contest. 

Top Five from the Catawba County District level contest: 

First place - Jakia P., Second place - Sarah L.,

Third place - Mackenzie P., tied Fourth place - Tanner H., & Andrew L., tied Fifth place (BHHS) Logan A. & Jasmine J.

   Sarah L recites Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson for the World-wide Norton Anthology Poetry Video Contest 2011. This video won Sarah first place!  Read more here... 
 Welcome spring semester!  Congratulations to Jakia P., Kayra P., Jake W., Andrew L., Sarah L., & Tanner H. SSHS TST's first HONORS theatre students!  I'm looking forward to building our HONORS program.  Also new to SSHS TST - Musical Theatre.  Keep up-to-date here with our latest studies and performances.  Advanced Theatre Arts III/IV are currently studying, "Overcoming Stage Fright" by Michael Schulman; Musical Theatre are singing solos for critique from Julie Taymor's Across the Universe, and Theatre Arts II are doing duo scenes for study.

Last semester:  Play Production ends an emotional rollercoaster of a performance with our original one-act playThe Riddle Ring: Urban Legends Revealed!  we won Excellence in Ensemble Acting; Excellence in Overall Production Design; and Superior-ratings at NCTC.  This will be SSHS last entry at competition.

 

 

I will keep the calendar to date along with important documents uploaded that will help you be a successful student actor.   Mrs. Rice is the District Coordinator for Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.

Last year:

On Feb. 25th all theatre classes (TAI-IV) took a field trip to watch Sparky Johnson's solo show called "Back to Borneo" we responded by making a video sharing our own personal stories click here to see our stories on the same day we visited the Hickory Museum of Art and saw the exhibit "Scene Unseen" by the photographer/videographers FanjoyLabrenz.  We used their images to spring board creative writing and drama click here to see our poetry reading  we also created an Ebook showcasing our writing.  TAIII/IV had the opportunity to work with LRU's first playwright-in-residence.  Click here to see our reflections/monologues/dialogue based on our work with her.  Currently in TAIII/IV we are writing our spring production and doing scene study in TAI&II.

Fall semester reflection:

Play Production (an auditioned troupe of writers, singers, & actors) worked on three major projects - Art Speaks:  A Collection of Persona Art and Creative Writing from Drawing II-IV and Visual Arts III and Play Production classes.  This unique collaborative project culminated in a professional www.bargerprinting.com full-color magazine; an original music CD; beautiful art prints; and a "happening" style theatre production performed at the Hickory Museum of Art where the audience got an intimate walk-through performance.  Please visit our wiki space to see the art and hear the music:  Art Speaks wiki  or click here to read about Art Speaks in the news.

The Reach Out project led students into the community where they chose a local charity to help raise awareness and/or funds.  The student wrote original plays based on information the organizations supplied them with - usually real statistics and true life stories of abuse and domestic violence that is happening here on our own doorstep.  The Reach Out project raised over $1000 cash and stuffed animals, blankets, and personal products for women in need.  Bringing Awareness directed by Taylor B.  in conjunction with The Women's Resource Center; Hope directed by Sarah L. in conjunction with Safe Harbor Rescue Mission; Oppress directed by Katya B. in conjunction with Family Guidance Center; and Isabel's Case in conjunction with The Children's Advocacy Center.  In memory of Zahra Baker and all the women and children who have lost their lives to child abuse and domestic violence... On Friday December 10th, Tractor Shed Theatre Students pledged a vow of silence for women and children in Catawba County who suffer at the hands of abuse.  Read more about the Reach Out Project in The Charlotte Observer  Click here to see our commercial

Poetry Out Loud National Recitication Contest -Congratulations to senior Taylor B. Taylor will represent SSHS at the State-level competiton in March.

 

Read more about Taylor B. and the District-level contest

Theatre Arts I class did a great job adapting short stories for stage and film for peformance for Mrs. Bolling's English class.  They adapted:  "The Cask of the Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe, "The Gift of the Magi" by O.Henry, "The Interlopers" by Saki, "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant , and "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell.

 Mrs. Rice is no longer the yearbook adviser.  Please direct your questions to Mrs. Amanda Harrington- Math Dept. 

Mrs. Rice's Bio. Note:

Mrs. Rice joined the SSHS faculty during the 2006/2007 school year.  

Molly Rice (nee Freeman) graduated from Mars Hill College with a Theatre Education Degree (K-12) with an English minor. She also has specialized study in ESL from Lenoir-Rhyne College. As an ESL teacher, theatre teacher-director, and poet, Molly has held residencies in 19 different schools and organizations in Catawba, Madison, and Buncombe counties. As an actor, Molly has been in several plays taking the lead roles. As an improviser in college, Molly was the only female player in the professional touring comedy troupe – Half-Past Funny . Molly also worked on a Warner Brothers movie, My Fellow Americans as a Production Assistant and an extra. While on shoot, Molly met the legends – Jack Lemon and James Garner.   Before moving to Northern Ireland, Molly was the first Education Director and co-founder of the education wing at Hickory Community Theatre.

Molly returned from Northern Ireland in 2004 where she lived for 5 years with her husband, Irish poet Adrian Rice. While abroad, Molly taught in hundreds of schools, colleges, and projects using the arts to bring peace to a troubled Ireland. She wrote and directed over 30 original playlets.  In 2003, Molly traveled with the Duchess of Abercorn and other poets/writers to St. Petersburg, Russia where she visited Russian schools to foster creative writing through the Pushkin Prizes Trust. The Duchess of Abercorn doned Molly a Pushkin Trust Artist.  Molly is a published poet and is working on her first collection entitled Mill Hill.  Recently, she was included in the Best of Poetry Hickory Anthology and the Women's Resource Center's anthology - Voices and Visions:  A Collection of Writings by and about Empowered Women. Molly has written a teacher's manual entitled Exploring the Lough: Creative Activities for the Classroom and is currently working, with her husband, on a book entitled There Was a Teacher: Creative Dramatics and Creative Writing for the Classroom.  Molly teaches short courses in drama at Duke University. 

Molly is currently teaching Theatre Arts at St. Stephen’s High School and is the literary magazine, Indian Ink, editor.  In her first year at St. Stephen's H.S., she was chosen as SSHS Wachovia Teacher of the Year & was made a Claes Nobel Educator.  In 2008, Molly won "Excellence in Directing" at the regional North Carolina Theatre Conference One-Act Play Festival (along with superior ratings, Most Distinguished Play, and a State award for Best Sound/Music Design).  In 2009, Molly won again "Excellence in Directing" at the regional level of NCTC One-Act Play Festival (along with superior ratings, Most Distinguished Play, Excellence in Acting, and a state award "Best Choreography".)  In 2009, Molly and her yearbook staff won a national award (honorable mention) for design from Jostens yearbooks.  Molly and her students (Ruby Osorio & Taylor Bell) have been finalists for three years now in the National Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest.  In 2010, Molly and her Theatre Arts II students won the National (USA & Canada) Interactive Classroom Makeover music video contest.  They beat hundreds of other entries and recieved over $30,000 worth of technology for their "tractor shed" classroom/black box theatre.  www.mollyrice.com

 Contact Information

E-mail: Molly_Rice@catawbaschools.net

Phone: 828-256-9841, ex. 409

 

2011-2012 1st (fall) Semester Schedule  

Block

Course

Room #

B1

Play Production (auditioned class)

Tractor Shed

B2

Theatre Arts I

Tractor Shed

B3

Planning

 

B4

Theatre Arts I

Tractor Shed

2011-2012 (spring) 2nd Semester Schedule  

Block

Course

Room #

B1

Theatre III/IV(spring production) Honors III/IV

Tractor Shed

B2

Musical Theatre *new!

Tractor Shed

B3

Planning

 

B4

Theatre Arts II

Tractor Shed
 
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Ebook "Scene Unseen" based on FanjoyLabrenz images Attachment
by Rice, Molly
 4/5/2011 3:14 PM
 
Theatre Notebooks 
by Rice, Molly
 9/9/2010 11:56 AM
 

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