Roanoke Catholic celebrating expanded arts program, looking to grow

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) -  Roanoke Catholic is wrapping up the school year and celebrating an expanded arts program.  Drama, choir and even 3D printing were all added and students are using the skills in other areas like public speaking.

Using computer science, some creativity and a 3D printer one student made a homemade guitar amp. It is portable and easy to take with you.

Drama was added this year and the upper school is rehearing Monty Python sketches.

"I'm so happy that we have it now and that they're putting a lot more emphasis on it because it allows me to be a lot more creative in my school work and everything that I've done this year," said Jordan Doubles, Roanoke Catholic Senior.

"It has meant the world to me to watch these children grow and change throughout the year, they meet and then exceed their goals that they set for themselves, they do things they never thought they could do which has been great," said April Hartsook Corbett, Director of Theater Arts.

Corbett says she hopes the drama program will be added into class curriculum in the next three to five years along with the ground breaking of a new auditorium that will be benefit Roanoke Catholic, downtown and the Gainsboro area.

"I've been able to learn patience and how everything you need to create art you have to make it with passion, you have to be very creative to make stuff and if you try really hard it turns out really well," said Diana Portillo, Roanoke Catholic 10th grader.

Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. the school is hosting the first ever Inspiration Night showcasing all of the activities taking place in the upper school.