THE Department of Theatre and Creative Arts of the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo State has inducted its first set of students to the rites of passage marking their entrance and acceptance into the role of thespians.
The induction of 18 students of the institution, being the maiden edition signified the students’ exposure to the rules and regulations guiding theatre and creative arts.
Speaking during the induction, Head of Department of Theatre and Creative Arts, Dr Charles Ogazie described the ceremony as a dream come true, saying, “Our students can now gladly call themselves thespians because they have been inducted into the arts of the theatre.”
According to him, theatre is life and without theatre in any institution, there is no life on such campus.
He commended the institution’s management for the support but called on the school management to consider not limiting the programme to the National College of Education (NCE) level.
He also appealed to the school’s management to “gallantly pursue our degree course approval with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State.”
His words: “We cannot afford to let go these students to any other university in the name of pursuing degree programme. We have laboured and we hope to retain them in the college for their degree programme.”
Speaking on the experience of the new inductees, he said: “It is the time for the town and the gown to meet. We have here people who are practitioners and we are the gown and this is a forum for us to meet.
“Like our chief priestess is from the town and we are the gown. We have been going out to shoot films with them and I think we are mixing well. We are more into theories while they are into practice, so we mix together the theory and practice to become a role.”
According to the chairman of the induction committee, Dr Adeolu Abe, the induction of the 18 theatre and creative arts students will help to create an entertainment aimed at shaping lives and the society positively.
He described theatre as an imitation of life, society within society, and a reflection of the world we live in.
“Therefore, make it a duty to be part of us in this endless journey in Adeyemi College, either as an enthusiast who patronises the theatre or a player on this side of the divide.
“I wish the inductees success as they come to the real world of the theatre and all others, beauty and glee of the theatre. We are here to bring the reality of life on your doorstep, re-enacting and reproducing culture and history beyond documentation.”
The Provost of the school, Dr Samuel Akintunde who declared the programme open, congratulated the young inductees, saying they would become professional performing artists, even though they have just started their formal academic and professional training in the performing arts and culture.
He enjoined the students to show more commitments to their studies knowing full well that the induction programme had just initiated them into serious academic and practical studies.
He added that they must therefore give all that is required to become world-class celebrated scholars and practitioners of the arts.
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