SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – A very special guest has arrived in Salt Lake City. Famous actress Alyson Reed is well known by our children because of her role as Ms. Darbus in High School Musical. This week she’s investing her time in the beehive state to empower Utah’s youth. She launched her world-wide tour right where her starring role took flight.
Ms. Darbus was the quirky drama teacher in High School Musical. It’s a popular film that was shot in Utah’s East High School. But, now she’s hitting a different kind of stage.
Monday, Reed launched her world tour of empowering children at Canyon Rim Elementary. That’s just one of many schools she’ll be visiting the rest of the week. Tuesday morning she stopped by Nibley Park Elementary.
“First of all I feel like I get more back from the kids than I'm giving them,” said Reed.
The Salt Lake Acting Company partnered with Reed. Executive Co-Producers Cynthia Fleming and Kevin Myhre raised money and got schools on board with the program to make sure Reed brought her message to Utah.
“So, I'm really proud of them. This whole week is because they really pulled it together,” said Reed.
Reed actually danced with Fleming in the 1970s original production of The Chorus Line. Years later through mutual connections the two are collaborating to help children’s dreams come true.
With SLAC”s help Reed is launching an Active Learning Series. All week she’s teaching theater fundamentals to students across the valley. Fundamental that they can apply to all aspects of life, like breath control.
“You know that if you're tense, tired or frustrated and ready to react in anger if you just take a stop and take a breath it all changes everything,” said Reed.
She’s also teaching dedication. Having them repeat out loud, “I am not afraid of hard work!”
Reed is hoping by sharing her experiences in dance, theatre, cinema and teaching she can help children achieve their dreams too. She lives by the motto “Think it. Be it.”
“That's my underlying theme of all of it. If I can get one kid to really believe, 'if I think it I can be it,' then I'm over the moon,” said Reed.
Along with the assemblies and workshops for teachers and actors, Reed is also hosting a family night open to the public Thursday. There will be exercises and competitions for parents and children.
Clayton Middle School
Thursday, January 31st
$5 a person or $20 a family
For more information or to buy tickets visit the Salt Lake Acting Company’s website