2011-02-04 / Dining & Entertainment

Theater and high school build new relationship


TAKING SHAPE—Students from the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Charter High School helped build the set for the Camarillo Community Theatre’s upcoming performance of “Oliver!” The play runs Feb. 5 through March 13 at the theater, 330 Skyway Drive. TAKING SHAPE—Students from the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Charter High School helped build the set for the Camarillo Community Theatre’s upcoming performance of “Oliver!” The play runs Feb. 5 through March 13 at the theater, 330 Skyway Drive. The new ACE Charter High School and Camarillo Community Theatre, both located inside the Camarillo Airport, have collaborated on a construction project for the upcoming production of the musical “Oliver!”

The single set piece portrays seven different locations, including London Bridge, and has many uses, from a bedroom to a dancing platform.

Select ACE school students, under the direction of their teachers Daniel Bell and Andy Bratz, along with the play directors Lisa Brady and Erin Heulitt, designed and built the set.

Due to the school’s emphasis in architecture, construction and engineering as well as its close proximity to the theater, Heulitt wanted the school’s students to be able to get practical experience building something they could later watch in use.

The set is in two pieces that can be moved into different configurations. There’s a door, cubbies where the orphans sleep and street vendors display their wares, and space for dancing safely.

Bell, Bratz and 16 students donated their time to the project after school. The teachers offered extra credit to the students. The theater is donating free admission to the show for the volunteers.

ACE is now enrolling new 10th- and 11th-grade students for the spring semester and grades nine to 11 for the 2011-12 school year. The school is at 570 Airport Way. For information, go to www.acecharterhigh.org.

“Oliver!” runs Feb. 5 through March 13 at the theater, 330 Skyway Drive. For tickets, visit www.camarillotheater.org.

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