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April 4, 2017


Act One brings home ideas from trip to Orlando


Act One brings home ideas from trip to OrlandoCowley College's Act One Drama Club recently returned from a trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL to enjoy the Disney Performance Workshops.

“I already knew their shows were incredible; I knew the Disney College Program was a dream for a few of our students; and I knew I had several contacts in the area that would help me inspire the students” interim theatre director Cara Kem said. “Once I discovered we could take classes too, I felt the trip was not only what we have structured our trips to be, but it was also the obvious choice.” 

Act One organized several fund raisers to help pay for the trip.

“Before we knew it, 20 students had put a down payment on a trip to Disney,” Kem said. “It was a trip of a lifetime for many of them, and it is most definitely on our radar for future Cowley Theatre Trips.”

While in Florida Act One students took part in acting workshops, a custom technical theatre workshop, and had a chance for a question and answer session with professional performers Brandon Lonza and Shaullanda Lacombe.

“I wanted to introduce Brandon to the students because he was in their shoes not that long ago,” Kem said. “He didn’t have great connections and didn't have a huge resume but wanted to perform. He helped the students see that there are so many ways to make your own success, and though he may not have a name for himself, he is certainly paying the bills while having the time of his life.”

Shaullanda Lacombe came into performing late in life. She went to college and began an entirely different career, but she knew in her heart that she was called to entertain. However, she didn’t know where to begin. Her only training was the church choir. But limited knowledge of the craft and business did not detour her.

The students also took in many shows at Disney World including Finding Nemo and Festival of the Lion King.