By Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

There was great excitement around school on Thursday as several of our students got to act in a couple of scenes being filmed as part of American Idol auditions. The crew contacted us on Wednesday to ask if we had a space with a piano that they could film in. (Adding this to our usual list of reasons why it’s great to be located downtown!) That morphed into needing a few students to help out with the scene at school, and then into a few students going offsite to film another scene later in the day. (All of this does make one question the “reality” of reality shows?!) Unfortunately, Katy Perry did not stop by school (though rumor had it she was spotted at Thornton’s a couple of days prior), but it still sufficed as a student brush with greatness. No word yet on when the episode will air, but we’ll keep you posted.  

In other acting news, our improv troupe, Currently Out of Order, gave their first performance of the year during Flex yesterday, to much laughter and applause. Improv is always a student favorite, and it’s exciting to see the troupe back in action again.

In a combination of acting and civic activism, some of our students, inspired by their participation in Commonwealth Theatre’s production of The Laramie Project, put together a video this week to encourage voting and equality. The video and the students were highlighted on WAVE-3. Check it out hereEven though the young filmmakers aren’t old enough to vote, they wanted to encourage those who are to “vote your conscience and vote for your future.”

Imagine! is Saturday night at the Omni – hope to see many of you there!