BrightStar Spotlight: Pompano Beach High School Drama Club
For more than 65 years BrightStar Credit Union has been partnered with Broward Schools. We are always amazed at the tremendous talent displayed by teachers and students in the schools. This month, in honor of Shakespeare’s Birthday, we are spotlighting Pompano Beach High School’s Drama Club and Teacher, Ms. Julia Perlowski.
We attended a recent performance of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ put on by Pompano Beach High School’s Drama Club. The comedy about two pairs of lovers was amazing, well-acted and FUNNY, especially the insult-a-thon between Beatrice and Benedict.
The work on the stage for ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ was tremendous. The costumes numbered near thirty and the fabric, well, yards upon yards. High School Seniors Maria Theodosiou, Kathryn Johnson, and Louie Acosta, did an excellent job of creating brilliant costume designs. These talented students constructed most of their costumes from scratch and picked colors for the characters based on how they interpreted them.
Sound designer, Nick Leone made excellent use of music. At the times where he could not find the perfect music for a particular scene, he produced his own. He composed the villain music with variations so that a level of tension could be introduced around the ideas of murder, infidelity, scheming and dueling. His partner Angelique Dumerville and he ran the sound board during the play. She followed the script for cues, while he followed the play with his laptop in order to execute the 50 sound cues this play required. Their teamwork was efficient and made for a great show.
The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you
Julia Perlowski is the drama teacher at Pompano Beach High School, a finalist of the 2012 Teacher of the Year Award and now, a finalist for the 2011 Arts Teacher of the Year. She provides a plethora of teaching methods to accommodate every student and is always looking for ways to include creativity into everyday lessons. She believes that freedom to build your own scenarios influences creativity and in turn builds strong-minded individuals that can solve their own problems. Perlowski likes to make learning fun, using all types of technology. She is continuously encouraging parents to participate in the production of the students’ plays, as well as networking with the community to bring different generations together for a better learning experience. She believes that we must be “the change we wish to see in the world.” She teaches her students to be proud of their decisions and make their own destiny. Perlowski also enjoys sharing her discoveries and teaching with her peers, leading dozens of workshops for new and returning teachers.
No Good Performance Goes Unnoticed
Much Ado About Nothing has been nominated for eight South Florida Cappies Competition awards, including Best Play. Their nominations include:
- Best Play
- Eryk Fisher, Best Comic Actor in a Play
- Sara Kohler, Best Comic Actress in a Play
- Caleb Campbell, Best Featured Actor in a Play
- Richardo Ballester, Best Supporting Actor in a Play
- The Six Course Watch, Best Ensemble in a Play
- Maria Theodosiou, Louie Acosta, Kathryn Johnson and Malka Klein, Best Costumes
- Nick Leone and Angelica-Joy Dumervil, Best Sound
Sharing the Love of Art
Ms. Julia Perlowski club provide students with positive, team and skill building opportunities. They also participate in the Teen Trendsetter program. The program is part of the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative and involves high school students tutoring and mentoring low performing 2nd and 3rd grade readers in public elementary schools. Each teen mentor is supplied with Scholastic books for their elementary students which they are permitted to keep. PBHS teens, from drama and reading classrooms, used their expressive skills to make stories come alive for the 3rd graders.
BrightStar congratulates the Pompano Beach Drama students and their amazing teacher Julia Perlowski for all their achievements this year! We thank you for inviting us to be a part of such a great show and gracing us with your talent. Can’t wait to see what you guys do next and Good Luck at the Cappies!