Audacity Partners With Broadway High School To Create After School Video Club.

For just over a year Audacity worked with the staff of Broadway High School (Broadway is the continuation high school in San Jose Unified School District) on creating an after school video program.  While everyone was very excited, schedules and organizational issues never seemed to align to make the project possible.

In the Fall of 2014, we all agreed to just go for it. We launched Broadway High School’s video club.  We called it Movie Making and just started.

Movie Making Class - Broadway High School - 2014

Movie Making Class – Broadway High School – 2014

There were two goals for this project:

1) The school administration wanted a promo video that highlighted what Broadway was about to let kids know that Broadway was a choice; a positive choice.

2) Audacity wanted to demonstrate that students could create quality video productions with very low budget equipment.

Broadway High School provided the opportunity and Audacity provided the coach and the equipment.

Movie Making Class - Broadway High School - 2014

Movie Making Class – Broadway High School – 2014


The video below was created by two amazing young ladies at Broadway High School and coached by Audacity President, Louis Stone-Collonge.  The students conducted the interviews and shot the video.  Louis did the final edits and offered suggestions.

What is not seen in the video is the deeply personal footage of the girls sharing their background in much more detail.  That will be part of a future project.

Movie Making Class - Broadway High School 2014

Movie Making Class – Broadway High School 2014


Louis’ personal note on the project:

“Having dropped out of high school myself, I know what stigma is put on kids who struggle and fall through the cracks. I know first hand how our culture looks at ‘at risk youth.’ As a culture, we utterly fail to acknowledge the Herculean effort put out by these children just to keep their heads above water. The kids in this video come from drug addicted parents and violent homes. Yet somehow, while the vast majority of us have turned our backs on them, these kids found the strength to invest in themselves, to take responsibility, to look toward something better. So I ask this: These kids are at risk of what? Succeeding despite being wholly written off by the adults in their community (by us)? The work that is being done at Broadway High School rivals the work being done at the best private high schools in Silicon Valley and, it’s about time we acknowledged it.”

Benefit#3 for children participating in performing art: Leadership

Leadership is one of those elusive things that is hard to define, but in children, its magical.

When given responsibility for a part in a production (acting, light crew, stage crew, etc.), children will rise to the occasion.

When things go wrong or simply during the normal course of a production, children will naturally work together to solve problems, take initiative and get things done.  Whether a child is the lead in the play or a member of the third spear carrier in the back row, they are ALL involved in the project of participating in leadership.

They never know it, but what they are learning is leadership.

If there is a singular skill that is required for our future, it is creative leadership.

Benefit#2 for children participating in performing art: Ownership

medea-castProducing a play is always a chaotic process with many pieces coming together at the last minute.

When one watches one of our productions, it is hard to see the completed vision, but the children know because they own it.

When the night comes, when the house lights go off, when the room is filled with more than 100 people, when the stage lights up and the music plays, the children own the show. They own their parts, they own the story, they own the music – they own the show. And, they feel it. (more…)