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Eastside High students to teach theater

Staff Photo: Michelle Floyd. Drama students at Eastside High School practiced skits Friday afternoon that they will perform and teach to first- through fourth-graders as part of the first Pajama Drama. At the event, parents can drop their students off for a night filled with theater exercises and fun.

Staff Photo: Michelle Floyd. Drama students at Eastside High School practiced skits Friday afternoon that they will perform and teach to first- through fourth-graders as part of the first Pajama Drama. At the event, parents can drop their students off for a night filled with theater exercises and fun.

COVINGTON -- Parents, if you still need to get some Christmas shopping done or just are looking for a little quiet time, you have a safe and fun place to take your kids for a few hours next week.

The Eastside High School drama students and early childhood education department are teaming up to hold the first Pajama Drama Friday night, when EHS students will work with first- through fourth-grade students on their theater skills.

"Parents can take their kids here so they can go to a holiday party or shopping and their kids will be entertained and still be in a good place," said drama student Aubrie Fils, an 11th-grader.

At the event, the high school students will perform skits and also ask the younger students to participate with them. They also will play other improvisation games and have them create their own skits.

"We're doing a ton of high energy (drama) exercises with them," said Lindsay Beaumont, drama teacher at EHS. "Then they will break into small groups and come up with their own scenes about dreams."

Between 6 and 7 p.m. Friday, parents who preregister their students can drop them off; they can pick them up anytime before midnight. Students are asked to wear comfortable clothes.

"It will be safe, fun and educational," said Ernesto Oter, a senior drama student.

The early childhood education students have experience working with and studying about children, and the drama students also have worked with younger students on two children's plays last year and at a breakfast with Santa.

"They have vivid imaginations," said Lauren Colquitt, an 11th-grader. "It's fun to work with the kids."

The cost is $35 for one child and $60 for two children.

"Financially, (the drama department at EHS) has made half of what we made last year," Beaumont said. "We need to bring in enough to produce the shows so the students don't have to give money out of their own pockets."

The money collected will go toward funding the event and splitting the rest between the drama department for its production and the early childhood program for purchasing supplies.

"Our goal is to sign up at least 50 students," Beaumont said.

Parents must RSVP and pay by Tuesday.

More information is available by e-mailing Beaumont.Lindsay@Newton.k12.ga.us or calling her at the school, 770-784-2920.

EHS hopes to continue the event in the future.

"It's hugely popular in other drama programs around the state," Beaumont said. "They have where the students will spend the entire night at the school, so maybe if we have a good turnout now we will try that next year."