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MHC education students hit it out of the park with musical performance

Education students perform It's A Hit Musical
January 28, 2020

Fourth year education students at Medicine Hat College (MHC) hit a homerun in the Black Box Theatre recently with their presentation of It’s a Hit: A Musical of Innings and Winnings.

The musical, written by John Jacobson and John Higgins, teaches themes of teamwork, perseverance, and sportsmanship through a friendly game of baseball, showing what can happen when you don’t give up on your dreams.

All aspects of production were taken care of by the students including the staging, choreography, costumes, props, and promotion of the event. To top it off, the students were the stars of the show!

This undertaking is no small feat, as the students had just two short weeks to bring everything together and pull off a hit performance.

Colleen Whidden, education instructor at MHC, says the goal of this experience is to teach practical and transferable organizational skills, while simultaneously instilling confidence in the future educators by pushing them out of their comfort zones.

“I hope the skills students gained through organizing, directing, and performing in a musical will solidify their confidence to incorporate either a musical or a music project in their future positions as teachers. It is a real experiential learning opportunity,” says Whidden.

Sarah Morter and Taylyn Weisgerber, two fourth year students in the education program, played two roles in the production, acting as both performers and the social media coordinators for the show.

Morter and Weisgerber say that the initial response to the assignment was many nerves and uncertainty as to how they were going to produce, choreograph, and coordinate the entire musical as a group. Yet after just a few days of rehearsal, the class was eager and proud to present their work to the public.

“One of the most valuable lessons we have learned is how to coordinate and produce a musical that we can use in our future as educators. This musical has been a great way for us to complete one last final project together before we make the transition from students to a different role in the classroom.”

Learn more about the education program at MHC.