THE Department of Theater and Creative Arts at Adeyemi College of Education in Ondo State has introduced its first group of students to the rites of passage marking their entry and acceptance into the role of comedians.
The induction of 18 students of the institution, being the first edition, signified the exposure of the students to the rules and regulations governing theater and the creative arts.
Speaking at the induction, the Head of the Department of Theater and Creative Arts, Dr Charles Ogazie described the ceremony as a dream come true, saying: “Our students can now happily call themselves comedians because they were inducted into the performing arts. “
According to him, theater is life and without theater in any institution, there is no life on such a campus.
He commended the school administration for the support, but called on the school administration to consider not limiting the program to the National College of Education (NCE) level.
He also called on the school administration to “valiantly pursue our course approval with Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State”.
His words: “We cannot afford to let these students go to another university in the name of pursuing a study program. We have worked and hope to retain them in college for their program of study.
Speaking on the experience of the new inductees, he said, “It’s time for the city and the robe to meet. We have practitioners here and we are the gown and this is a forum to meet.
“As our high priestess is from the city and we are the dress. We went out to shoot movies with them and I think we blend together well. We are more into theories when they are in practice, so we mix theory and practice to become a role.
According to the chairman of the induction committee, Dr Adeolu Abe, the induction of the 18 theater and creative arts students will help create entertainment aimed at positively shaping life and society.
He described the theater as an imitation of life, a society within society and a reflection of the world we live in.
“Therefore, make it a duty to be a part of us on this never-ending journey to Adeyemi College, either as an amateur who frequents the theater or as an actor on this side of the divide.
“I wish the inductees success in entering the real world of theater and everyone else, the beauty and joy of theater. We are here to bring the reality of life to your doorstep, reconstructing and replicating culture and history beyond documentation.
The rector of the school, Dr Samuel Akintunde, who declared the program open, congratulated the young inductees, saying they would become professional performing artists even if they had just started their formal academic and professional training in performing arts and culture.
He urged the students to show more commitment in their studies knowing full well that the initiation program had just introduced them to serious academic and practical studies.
He added, therefore, that they must therefore give whatever is needed to become world-renowned academics and practitioners of the arts.
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