Yellow Tree Theatre cast members talk to Park Center Senior High students

Drama is not something easily taught in a classroom; drama comes alive when experienced in a theatre. Through a partnership with Yellow Tree Theatre and Osseo Lions Club, 90 Park Center Senior High 12th-graders had the opportunity to experience a private performance of The Royale production in the Yellow Tree Theatre.

On Feb. 9, the students rode the bus to the local theater, sponsored by the Osseo Lions Club, and watched the show. “It felt like we were living in the action because we could feel the emotions of each actor and see every detail,” said one student. “It was mind boggling.”

In addition to the live performance, the students also had a private chat with the actors and learned what it takes to become a professional actor. In this discussion, students also had the opportunity to talk with the actors about key themes in the play. The Royale is inspired by the story of Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, and is set in the 1900s when the boxing world was racially segregated.

“As a Maple Grove Senior High graduate, I love being able to give back to Osseo Area Schools and play an active role in making sure students are able to engage in theater the way I was able to,” said Kara Wolf, audience services and development manager at Yellow Tree Theatre. “Productions like this one are so relevant to today’s world and open up the doors for valuable and important conversation among peers and teachers alike."