Kathryn Notarpole, Stapley Junior High seventh-grade social studies teacher, and students Austin Cox and Morgan Denman, will represent Arizona at the National Oratory Retreat and Performance at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., where Lincoln’s legacy lives!
Ford’s Theatre Society will present the third-annual National Oratory Retreat and Performance featuring 13 teachers and 27 students from Arizona, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska and Pennsylvania, May 3-5.
Schedule of events
Students and teacher fellows will perform original and historical speeches on the Ford’s Theatre stage at 4 p.m. May 5. Tickets will be available May 5, on a walk-up basis.
During the weekend, students and teachers will connect with peers, visit national memorials and museums and attend a performance of the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at Ford’s Theatre.”
Students and teachers
Participating students were selected by their teachers in combination with recommendations from Ford’s Theatre teaching artists, as part of their classroom’s participation in the Ford’s Theatre National Oratory Fellows Program.
Students performing May 5 are: Austin Cox and Morgan Denman (Arizona); Hale Burke and Emma Caile (Colorado); Larion DeBhaile, Chloe Lassiter, Angel Martinez and Gabi Morichi (Washington, D.C.); Reid McConnaughey and William Rowley (Kansas); Sam Atkins, Sharon Godonou, Heather Konan, Sophia Photinakis, Keith Powers, Aniya Rios, Ivis Roca and Ellisa Whitaker (Maryland); Caleb Caviness, Claire Moddrell, Maddie Petentler and Natalie Trick (Montana); Ashley Connell, Kristine Cronk and Kylin Munger (Nebraska); Sara Adkins and Anastasia Danilshenko (Pennsylvania).
Accompanying students at the retreat are this year’s national oratory fellows: Kathryn Notarpole (Arizona); Anne Brainard (Washington, D.C.); Mike Buchanan (Nebraska); Joyce Erb-Appleman (Maryland); Jennifer Erdtmann (Missouri); Georgette Hackman (Pennsylvania); Angela Hambleton (Colorado); Dave McIntire (Kansas); Krista McKim (Maryland); Ashley Moss-Pham (Maryland); Carrie Roling (Washington, D.C.); James Rossi (Maryland); and Catherine Plumb-Sperry (Missouri).
Professional development, teaching strategies
“Now in its third year, the National Oratory Retreat and Performance draws on history, reading, writing, leadership and performance skills and brings Abraham Lincoln’s legacy to life though the voices of young people from across the country,” said Sarah Jencks, Ford’s Theatre director of education.
The Ford’s Theatre National Oratory Fellows Program provides teachers the tools to incorporate speech and performance as teaching strategies in the classroom. Through the use of video conferencing, Ford’s Theatre teaching artists conduct virtual classroom visits to work with students. Teachers attend group professional development sessions with Ford’s Theatre education staff and teaching artists to deepen their knowledge and understanding of great American orators, including Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, and they learn how to use oratory in the classroom to strengthen students’ speaking, writing and leadership skills.
Ford’s Theatre Society
“The mission of Ford’s Theatre Society is to celebrate the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln, to remind us of Lincoln’s power to awe and inspire modern-day audiences, and to explore the American experience through theatre and education,” said Paul Tetreault, Ford’s Theatre director.
The National Oratory Fellows Program is funded in part by BP America, the lead sponsor for education programming at Ford’s Theatre.