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Middle School Drama Students Collaborate with Puppetry Expert as part of our Artists in Residence Program

Thanks to our Artists in Residence Program, our seventh and eighth-grade drama students recently had the unique and exciting opportunity to collaborate with Donovan Zimmerman, the Artistic Director of Paperhand Puppet Intervention, a renowned puppetry and mask theater company based in Saxapahaw, NC.

Over the course of a few days, our students delved into the world of puppet and mask-building techniques under Zimmerman's expert guidance.

"This unique experience allowed our students to gain valuable insights and skills in this captivating art form of puppetry," said Aaron Mize, Middle School Drama Teacher. "This partnership has enriched our drama program, fostering creativity and expanding our students' horizons in the world of theatrical arts."

Last year's Middle School production of Journey to the World's Edge rented a large Heron puppet from Paperhand Puppet Intervention and provided the initial introduction to their company and the work they have been doing in North Carolina for almost 20 years.

Supported by the Parents’ Association, the Artists in Residence Program brings outside artists to campus to teach and share their craft and work directly with our students and faculty. Since 2011, Middle School students have either worked with or benefited from local, national, and international artists visiting campus.