A note from one of Chelsey Herrold’s SOAR students which proudly sits on her desk at Trike.
Trike Theatre’s passion for community involvement is being taken to the next level thanks to first-year Resident Teaching Artist, Chelsey Herrold! Herrold has been continuing Trike’s five-year relationship with Camp War Eagle and their SOAR Program. SOAR (Service, Opportunity, Academics, and Recreation) is an after school program that provides “a fun and safe educational environment” for the students of Parson Hills, Jones Elementary (Springdale), and Grace Hill. SOAR offers several experiences including homework assistance, clubs, meals, and field trips!
This past fall, young artists in Trike Club performed two pieces for family, friends, and the Camp War Eagle community. The first twelve-week session was a readers’ theatre of The Gingerbread Man where young artists utilized props, created a set, developed characters, and designed costumes. In the second twelve-week session young artists were then challenged to write and perform an original piece which they titled A Christmas Night.
Even though Trike Club’s end-goals were performance sharings, the club’s successes came in the form of family recognizing their children as confident artists. Herrold remembers one excited young artist telling her, “My dad was so excited when I told him that I was going to be the Gingerbread man that he stopped his car and honked his horn! He has never seen one of his kids perform before.” Another moment was when a parent approached Herrold, gave her a hug, and said, “Thank you for giving my son a voice and the confidence to use it.”
“Trike Club isn’t just for the experience of seeing a show on a stage or acting,” Herrold said. “It can be a healing experience. That is what it is for these students—a chance for the voiceless to gain the confidence to speak out.”
To Learn More About Camp War Eagle and the SOAR program, please visit www.cwesoar.com.