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FORT MYERS, Fla. – May 24, 2018 – PRLog — Tamara Solum, who has been with Drama Kids for 16 years and is celebrating her 14th year as a franchise owner, was recently honored by Drama Kids student Zachary Fitzpatrick and his parents upon the conclusion of the traditional end-of-year play performed by Zachary and his fellow Drama Kids classmates. Zachary enrolled at age 5 and has attended Drama Kids for the full 13-year cycle of the Drama Kids program. He graduated from high school this spring.
The recognition caught Solum completely off guard and had her and the entire audience in tears. Zachary’s parents, Wayne and Becky Fitzpatrick, presented Solum with a plaque listing all of the critical developmental skills that Drama Kids instills in students, along with a large “storyboard”
“Ms. Tamara, Thank you for helping me reach my goals! With your encouragement I have gained knowledge, understanding, and friendship. Your guidance and belief in me has better prepared me for the future and has helped me become the man I am today. Even though I now tower over you (Zachary is 18″ taller than Solum now), I will ALWAYS look up to you! Love, Zachary Fitzpatrick – May 2018.”
“I am so fortunate to be able to work with these kids, and I’m extremely grateful to the Fitzpatricks and the thousands of other parents who have entrusted their children to me and my terrific team of teachers over the last 16 years,” said Solum. “Each year we provide all students with an opportunity to showcase the skills that they have learned with an end-of-year performance for family and friends, and it is incredibly rewarding to witness the great impact that Drama Kids has on each child’s confidence and self-esteem.”
Drama Kids CEO Doug Howard was also in attendance to witness the presentation of the award. “Drama Kids is all about developing kids, particularly where public speaking and communication skills, creativity skills, and collaboration and teamwork skills are concerned,” said Howard. “In teaching thousands of students over 16 years, it’s not an exaggeration to say that Tamara Solum has done more for youth drama participation in the Sarasota area than anyone – ever. Tamara is a superstar, and we are very blessed to have her on our team of 75 amazing franchise owners holding classes and camps across the country.”
Each year Drama Kids franchise owners and their highly trained teachers teach over 13,000 students during 1-hour classes held one day per week in schools and community center locations. Drama Kids offers a highly structured curriculum consisting of over 450 unique lesson plans, allowing kids to begin attending classes at age 4 and continuing through age 17 without every repeating a lesson or activity. In addition, Drama Kids franchise owners also offer week-long summer camps during the June – August period.
For more information about Drama Kids programs, visit www.dramakids.com.
About Drama Kids
Drama Kids International is the largest after-school drama program in the USA with 10,000 students currently enrolled. Its copyrighted curriculum features original, creative lessons with a built-in advancing scale of development that enables students of different ages and abilities to progress at their own rate. Its curriculum differs significantly from traditional drama and other after-school programs, with an emphasis on fun drama activities that are designed to allow all students to fully participate and develop acting, speaking, and collaboration skills regardless of age or prior experience level.
Drama Kids offers age-appropriate classes for students ages 4 through 18 years old. Classes meet once each week for one hour at locations throughout the country. The program allows new enrollment throughout the year, space permitting. Drama Kids also offers Drama Kids Preschool Workshops, Drama Kids Summer Camps, and Drama Kids At School, an in-school program for elementary and middles schools that brings its innovative curriculum directly into the schools as part of the school’s after-school program. For more information, visit www.dramakids.com. For franchise information visit www.dramakidsfranchises.com.
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From an island paradise to a day on the sea, Drama Kids will put their best feet and strong voices forward Saturday during their annual performance at Glenridge Performing Arts Center in Sarasota.
The show is free to the public and nonperishable food items are being collected for All Faiths Food Bank.
Carrying swords and fighting over jewels was common practice for children in an upper primary class Wednesday during a dress rehearsal of “The Bold Buccaneers” at Laurel Nokomis School.
“This is the life of a pirate bold. It’s very rewarding we’re told and that is no wonder because we rob and we plunder ships that are carrying gold,” eight students sang in unison, raising their weapons to the sky.
Brimming from the sidelines, lead instructor Natalia Hanzivasilis has been with the program for four years and enjoys watching confidence blossom in her students’ steps and speech.
“They are well-spoken, they have better vocabulary and can articulate what they want to say,” she said.
Starting at age 6, Hannah Marks barely uttered a word on stage. Now 10, she sword-fights like the rest of her fellow pirates.
“I think that the hand gestures are pretty easy to do and memorizing is easy and usually I get the lines down,” said Jason Gill, 9, who returned for a second year. “I pretty much enjoy Drama Kids.”
The lower and upper primary classes will perform “Paradisia” and the “Bold Buccaneers” Saturday at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. with another performance of Paradisia at 4:45 p.m., followed by a teenage class performance of “Jason and the Golden Fleece.”
For more information on performances and summer camp, call 922-8121.
— Kharli Rose
Sarasota Herald Tribune, May 2009