Special to the Mirror-Spectator
BELMONT, Mass. — “A cooperative, collaborative venture…an outlet for experiences.”
These are a few of the many ways Marlene Fereshetian describes One Stage Productions, a community-based, non-profit organization with a mission to provide children in the elementary and middle school grades with a platform to express themselves through the performing arts. But this is no ordinary theater workshop.
“We provide the kids with a basic framework of a story and ask them to give us ideas, and [then] we help them build it,” Fereshetian explained. “It helps them develop a sense of self-confidence because the kids are contributing to the story.”
Fereshetian said she has always loved the performing arts, especially musical theater. She would frequently volunteer in community theater and even write short plays herself.