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Poth Page: Stir up the arts — winning entry

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By Jessica Coronado

I have lived in Poth for almost a decade and each year Poth’s athletic students have never failed to impress. Poth High School has a strong and supportive athletic program, but what about the arts? Whether its one-act plays or music, Poth’s arts can definitely use a good push.

I am in the Poth’s Mighty Pirate Band and UIL One-Act Play. On occasion, we have numerous performances for band and one-act play, but the performers are always students. I believe if the City of Poth organizes performances in the park for musicians or actors, not only will it increase the community’s activities within Poth, but also the students will take more interest in the arts.

It is important for our community to be active because it brings our town closer together as a whole and keeps it close knit. It is important for our students to take interest in the arts because it inspires our imagination, independence, and has been proven to enhance greater thinking academically through test scores, critical thinking, and creative thinking. The leaders of these events can charge a small entry fee which will be divided between the city of Poth and the school’s art programs, such as band and One-Act Play. The leaders of the performances could also require a donation of food or clothing for charities. Our art programs in school will have more participants and money to provide for these extracurricular activities. These public performances will not only benefit our community and school, but Poth’s reputation as a great small town.

A student or a citizen of Poth who loves the arts can gain permission from the town committee or mayor to put on a show. Since I am pursuing a major in the theatre arts, I could direct a performance which look good on all my college applications as a community service and activity which involved my major. For example, I could hang fliers out for an open audition for a one-act play at the amphitheater. This would make a great use for our amphitheater within our park, which has only been used to show movies. The cost to put on such a performance would, at most, be $75. Costumes are easily found and donated, or cheaply bought at Goodwill. Of course, the actors themselves could buy these supplies so the city wouldn’t have to spend the town’s tax money. Stage pieces and props can also be donated or used from the school. The supplies needed for a musical performance can also be donated from the school (stands, chairs, etc.).

Ultimately, the community will be closer as a whole. Our art programs will improve at school with more support, better supplies, such as stage props and costumes, and stronger performances. Poth’s community will benefit from the festivities and togetherness of the performances. Our park will be of better use and with more arts we can all imagine more.

Editor’s note: The above essay earned Jessica Coronado Poth’s annual City Scholarship. Jessica plans to attend Texas State University in San Marcos and major in theatre performing arts.

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