Josh and his family recently moved to Huntsville from Canada, where hockey is considered the national sport. He began playing in 5th grade, slightly older than most Canadian kids, but quickly grew to love the game. Theater became an interest for Josh in kindergarten when he had a role in small classroom musical. He discovered a comfort with being on stage and performing in front of people.
Since coming to Randolph, he’s worked to balance these two sometimes competing interests. For example, during this year’s Trumbuaer competition, Josh was in Indianapolis playing goalie for his travel hockey team.
When Josh realized his hockey commitments would keep him from participating in some required theater competitions, he approached Mrs. Voight about finding an alternative theater project. After conferring with Deborah Taylor, education director at the Huntsville Museum of Art, Mrs. Voight offered Josh an opportunity to organize his fellow Theater III/IV students in dramatizations of selected paintings in the Museum's exhibit, "Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe."
Mrs. Voight felt that Josh would be a good fit for this project, and it would provide a wonderful opportunity for him to develop his theater leadership skills.
To begin the project, Josh had several meetings with exhibit organizers at the Museum. He was thrilled that he would be given free rein in developing the vignettes. “Everything from selecting which paintings to dramatize, to writing the scripts and picking costumes has been my choice,” he said.
After looking at pictures of the 69 paintings in the exhibit, Josh selected 20 to take to his theater class for group approval. From this group of 20, 15 were selected to work with. The class divided themselves into small groups and wrote short 3-5 minutes vignettes to accompany each painting.
When asked what guidance the students were given for writing the scripts, he replied, “I gave them very little guidance. I read the short background information provided by the museum for each painting, and then just told them to be creative in expressing what the painting said to them. I am so happy with what they came up with! There are really some amazing stories here!”
“I think museum visitors will have an opportunity to view and appreciate the art in a different, more intense way through these dramatizations,” said Mrs. Voight. “The kids have done a great job!”
Photo of the vignette by Connie Voight
These “amazing stories” will allow art to come to life on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the Huntsville Museum of Art.