By Ashley Rader
Students at Happy Valley High School got a first-hand look at some of the skills it takes to perform on the stage when local theater professional Scott Snell visited the school Monday for Arts Advocacy Day.
Snell shared lessons in dramatic readings, comedy, poetry, proper speaking and stage makeup with students in Jessica Keith’s 11th-grade English class and creative writing class along with some of Jason Jarrett’s 10th-grade English class.
Snell said he hoped to bring a renewed focus on the arts to the area through presentations like the one he did at Happy Valley High School.
“The schools in the county and the city need to place more emphasis on the arts,” he said. “All secondary schools in the entire country need to emphasize the arts. Because I am a part of the effort to organize an arts council, I thought the high school would be a good place to start.”
Snell said he wanted to increase awareness of the impact and presence of the different art forms in Carter County. He said he chose to focus on the theater arts form because he has a background in that art medium.