Target 3. Flexible Learning Environment. FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Action Step 1 – Provide students with access to content, resources, and methods for learning beyond the school day and beyond the school walls.

Indicators of Success – The school calendar and the definition of the school day changes to become flexible and responsive to the needs of students.


Many BFA students participate in “Block 5” – the hours between 3-6pm when extracurricular learning is carefully staged at BFA. Whether it is athletics, music, drama, or a poetry slam, “afterschool” activities provide student with opportunities to learn and grow beyond the classroom. A wide variety of teachers, coaches, and volunteers make this learning possible. Drama is just one example of what flexible learning looks like at BFA.

Think about producing a Broadway musical with a group of students between the ages of 10 and 18. This year it is The Addams Family. How do you build the capacity of more than 40 young people to produce a complex musical to their community?


The work for a fall drama production begins in earnest in the summer, and it involves many adult and student leaders, meticulous planning, and a huge dose of faith in the power of young people! This year, by mid-October, the cast of The Addams Family was already very familiar with their lines and music, and they still had sufficient time to make needed changes and improvements to their own show.

Directors Julie Filiberti and Gerry Bailey proposed a road trip to Maine, to see a professional production of The Addams Family at the Ogunquit Playhouse.


What if the cast had the opportunity to see an off-Broadway production of “their show”. What would they look for? What would they hope to learn?

The responses were varied, but they indicated that these students were serious about their learning. Here were just a few things students hoped to learn:

“Seeing the professional choreography will help me see what is absent in my own and will allow me to improve for our current and future musicals. Watching this show will not only enhance my skills as a performer but also as a choreographer.” – Rebekah, student choreographer.


IMG_1149“I am hoping to really improve how I interpret and am able to bring out my character’s crazy side.” – Mara


“The first thing that I will be looking for is facial expressions…. it is actually a large component on what makes and actor or actress successful.” – Annalise



The most attentive audience yet!
The BFA actors become an audience for “The Addams Family”

Students not only enjoyed the show and the high-quality professional acting, they took away many of their own ideas for making their own performance stronger. They set goals and studied choreography, sets, character portrayal, movement, voice, and facial expression. Each student created his/her own learning agenda and each walked away with ideas about how to improve performance. Learning could not be more relevant!

“The chemistry between the characters was amazing, and they seemed like family. Also, things like knowing all their lines, enunciation, and body language was shown in all the characters.” – Alyese


“I leaned that not only do I need to act like my character when singing and talking but also when I’m dancing. I also learned that it really makes a difference if you use good facial expressions even if you can’t be seen.” – Alexis


SHOW DATES:  Nov 6, 7, 8 at BFA!  Don’t miss The Addams Family!


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