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Drama Club “Space Aliens” Teach Etiquette, Theater Basics


Aliens made a surprise appearance in the Pine Island Elementary media center recently.

The youngsters from a galaxy far, far away soon made friends with human Comstock Park Public Schools elementary students, who taught them the ways of planet Earth by handing them a cell phone.

“All I needed was to touch that device and all your language and culture was transmitted,” said one of the aliens, played by fifth-grade student Ally Lewis.

The students were rehearsing for a performance to culminate Stage Stars Drama Club, an after-school enrichment program during which they learned the basics of theater, from proper stage voices to props and etiquette this semester. The program is offered through the company Afterschool Enrichment Solutions.

Third-grader Isaiah Ramirez learned what good casting means. He played a museum guide. “I think it’s good for me to be the guide. I act a certain way when I perform,” he said.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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