Drama Takes The Stage

Lejeune leads first-ever theatre class

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Drama Takes The Stage

The Glee Club performs for the Christmas concert in December.

The Glee Club performs for the Christmas concert in December.

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The Glee Club performs for the Christmas concert in December.

Andy Hebert

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The Glee Club performs for the Christmas concert in December.

Kassie Schexnayder, Copy Editor

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With more students joining the Drama/Glee Club, Crowley High School has its first-ever theatre class this year, taught by Zachary Lejeune.

Lejeune stated that it wasn’t easy to get the club as a class.  He added, “Like doing anything new or adventurous, it takes determination. When you love what you do, you are willing to go above and beyond,” he said. “It started from making a commitment to the students. As our drama team began to grow, the administration noticed how many students wanted to be a part of the CHS drama department, so they approached me about becoming a class.

“It was a meeting that really changed my life  because theatre is my calling and teaching students theatre is what I was put on the Earth to do.”

The class currently consists of 24 students.  Lejeune explained that the class is open enrollment, but each student had to audition.  “They had to memorize a monologue and recite it,” he explained.

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Freshman Emma Broussard, left, and sophomore Faith Hayes sing during the Christmas concert in December.

Freshman Emma Broussard and sophomore Angelo Cuccio are two of the 24 members in the drama club.  This is Broussard’s first year in theatre and Cuccio’s second.

“I auditioned with a section of Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which I had to recite from memory,” Broussard explained.  “Auditions were a few weeks before school ended last year.”

Lejeune said he does not have the same expectations for all of the students.  “All of the students are on a different journey and skill level, and that is what makes the learning process so exciting.  When the students grow, they are empowered.”

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Glee Club sponsor Zachary Lejeune sings during the Christmas concert in December.

Lejeune, a graduate of Jennings High School, studied theatre in high school and was a part of three high school as well as three community theatre productions.  He also directed the Chips Youth Theatre for Jeff Davis Parish.

He went on to study vocal singing at McNeese State University, and he was involved in the McNeese Theatre department.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and humanities from MSU, and he is currently working towards his Master’s in American History from Southern New Hampshire University.

Lejeune, who also teaches technical writing and business English, has been working at Crowley High for three years, and he’s been the Drama Club sponsor for the same amount of time.

Lejeune explained how he became the sponsor.  “I was asked to take over because there were students interested in performing, so I did, and now we are building a strong performing arts department,” he stated.  “We have brought CHS to theater competitions and have taken home several division awards.”

Lejeune explained what he teaches the students since Louisiana does not have a set curriculum for theatre.  “Because I have trained in the arts and practice theatre often, it is muscle memory.

I teach the fundamentals first, which takes a good chunk of time. Stage movement, acting positions, the projection of voice, and stage presence are just a few of the fundamentals. Then we move on to intermediate skills like blocking, choreography, and vocal singing. We lastly work on  characterization, voice acting, and method acting.”

Lejeune explained the benefit of having the theatre class.  “Time,” he stated. “I have the opportunity to help the students grow every day rather than once a week after school.”

Broussard mentioned what the class entails.  “This class involves singing and acting at the moment, but we will get into dancing later in the year,” she said.  “We also learn about the stage and the history of theatre.

“I enjoy all of it because it’s a creative break in the school day where you can express yourself.”

The class is currently working on the Wizard of Oz.  Lejeune said, “It is a stage classic and everyone loves the story. There are many personal lessons within this beloved script that we as a department had to do it.”

Every student has a part in the play whether its actually participating in the play or helping with the play.  “(The students) choose the roles that they want, and then they have to audition for them,” explained Lejeune.

Broussard and Cuccio both have parts in the play.  Cuccio will be playing the Scarecrow, and Broussard is Glinda the Good Witch of the North.

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Sophomores Angelo Cuccio and Sierra Primeaux, top, and freshmen Kalie Clark and Kevin Goodley perform during the Christmas concert in December.

“I  had no control over how I got the part; he (Lejeune) is always watching, always judging,” stated Cuccio.  “I got this assignment through vocal and reading auditions,” added Broussard.

Both members like the class.  Broussard stated, “I enjoy the creative freedom and the atmosphere. It’s like a big family and it’s really just enjoyable in general.”  In Cuccio’s opinion, “The people are great and the class is wonderful. It just feels like home.”

Besides the play, the class also performed at the Christmas concert in December and during pep rallies.  They also sponsored Spook Fest in October.

Broussard added  that she likes that “Mr. Lejeune allows everyone to express themselves and have fun!”

The Drama Club will perform The Wizard of Oz the last weekend in March at Crowley High.

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Kassie Schexnayder, Copy Editor

My name is Kassie Schexnayder. I live in Crowley Louisiana, and I basically live on a farm. It has horses, chickens, dogs, cats, and a parrot. I'm a junior...

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My name is Andy Hebert, and I teach journalism and study skills at Crowley High School.  This is my 18th year as a teacher, and I have only taught at...

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