The Burlington Township Theater Program is an after-school, extra-curricular activity open to all Burlington Township High School students. There are two shows per school year: one in the fall and one in the spring. Students put in countless hours rehearsing for three to four months for every show.
Students are given the opportunity to express themselves through acting, singing, and dancing. They become a family, where together they train and work with professionals who have worked in the business themselves. Students advance their skill sets and learn basic life skills such as communication and networking with with others. For many, if not all the students, theater is a way to learn how to walk in other people’s shoes and is an escape from their everyday lives. They become storytellers who share their messages with anyone who is willing to listen.
Behind the curtain are those who assist in bringing the story to life by adding lights, sounds, sets, and costumes. These students work with the same professionals while making the family even larger as the show weekends inch closer and closer. Without them, those people telling the story wouldn’t be seen or heard and the stories would be lost.
To make all of this possible, we enlist the support of our community each year. If you would like to help us sustain our programs, please consider purchasing an ad in our programs or making a donation.
By Darian Lambert
A. What shows have you appeared in while at BTHS?
I have appeared in all BTHS Theater shows up until RENT: A Festival of Short Plays 2014, Tommy, A Festival of New Plays 2015, Cinderella, A Festival of New Plays 2016, Merrily We Roll Along, and A Festival of New Plays 2017. I am the Assistant Business Manager for RENT.
B. How many years have you been involved with theater all together?
I have been involved with Theater since the very beginning, so I would say for over half of my life (about 9-10 years). When I was very little, attending St. Paul’s School, I was in their Christmas shows and I did all six musicals at BTMS @ Springside. I have always loved singing, but once I got to High School and took Theater with Mr. Farina, I developed a love for the acting portion as well. I’m actually more partial to the Play Festivals we do because I love the collaboration, the writing, the acting, and all the work that goes into it.
C. Where do you plan to go to school after high school?
I am not sure exactly where I will be attending school because as of right now. I am still in the audition process to be accepted into all the music schools I applied to.
D. What is your anticipated college major?
I am going to major in Jazz Studies with a concentration in Voice and/or major in Vocal Jazz Performance.