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School’s a stage, almost

Students of Ranchi’s Oxford Public School can now act their way to good grades and fame.

With the aim of promoting dramatics as practical learning among students, the Chutia-based CBSE-affiliated cradle has announced that it would set up a Theatre Club on its premises on May 9, Wednesday.

The club, to hone the latent skills of its members and help them make a career out of acting if they so wish, has been a longstanding demand of students.

The CBSE had introduced Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation across schools from the 2009-10 academic session, under which four formative and two summative assessments are supposed to be conducted every year. The evaluation is done in both scholastic (academics) and co-scholastic (skills, co-curricular activities and values) categories. The Theatre Club will help in the latter category.

Speaking to The Telegraph on Monday, Oxford Public School principal C.A. Jacob said the Theatre Club would operate on the lines of the already operational ecological society.

“We have a eco-club in our school which helps students care for nature and spread awareness on environment. Similarly, Theatre Club will help students cultivate and hone their acting skills as per CCE recommendations,” Jacob said.

He added that the CCE scheme mandated that the students should not only focus on textbooks but also in extra co-curricular activities for overall development. “Dramatics is one area we wanted to tap. A number of students has shown interest in taking acting classes,” the principal said.

Initially, the club will have 50 students, who will be trained by eight well-known city-based experts in techniques such as voice modulation, facial expression and dialogue improvisation, among others.

Students will also get an opportunity to pick up technical aspects of producing a drama and be assessed on it.

“We will test the performance of students also as a part of the CCE evaluation system,” the principal said.

The school will host a theatre workshop for students from May 22 till June 2 from 8.30am till 10.30am.

Noted theatre artiste Ajay Malkhani will conduct the workshop.