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Kids say the darndest things

Arlington HS student Jenna Adamek displays her raffle prize—a signed "Mama Mia" poster, at the NYSTEA conference in Callicoon.


January 9, 2013

I woke up last Sunday feelin’ a little off. Winter, in all its splendor, can also cause a bit of depression for some folks and I was in the throes of doing research on Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) looking for antidotes, prepared to spend the day immersed in the moody blues. Checking online I discovered that “Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you’re like most people with S.A.D., your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.” (www.mayoclinic.com)

Fully prepared to spend the day wallowing, I decided to inform the world of my woes on Facebook, and noticed a message waiting for me from gal pal Bunny Woloszczak. “Come over to the Villa Roma,” it read. “See more than 800 theater kids from all over New York State doing what they love. It’s an amazing sight.” Still committed to depression, I wrote back. “Wish I had known earlier, but I’m in no mood.” Unwilling to give up, Woloszczak persevered. “You must!” she insisted. “We took over the entire resort (www.villaroma.com) with hundreds of workshops. Three schools from the county are present—Fallsburg, Eldred and Tri-Valley. If you miss this, it will be a shame.”

Steering away from the S.A.D. research, I investigated Bunny’s claim. The New York State Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA) was new to me, and I scanned the page. Aside from announcements about the conference, the website said that “NYSTEA believes theatre is an essential part of education for all students, developing abilities needed for the 21st century such as creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration.”