This year my school got a new theater teacher. She had a theater business for 25 years. It was also my first year at the school although my brother was a junior their already. Before she was there, there was not too good of a theater program. We did have a few big shows a year, but none of them real shows, they were both student written and run shows, which did happen to make us really big in NYC because we were the first Staten island school to do them. Now this first year we did fiddler on the roof. And we also had the Metropolitan opera install a 7 or 8 thousand dollar projection system which they paid for. They are now able to project live shows to our school. Now my brother , one other kid and I basically do all of the lighting and sound and technical stuff in the theater there. And we really enjoy it, my brother and i spent 11 of our Saturdays there last year running the projection for the Met. Before this i had no interest in theater, but now i do, in fact i have it set as a major career choice. I do believe that it is because of the people i work with, staff and students alike. The theater group has grown as an almost family of such. Ive spent 16 hours in my school in weekends, doing 3 different shows. Unfortunately, my story isn't alike for a lot of the other students here. They don't have too much interest in the theater. Don't get me wrong we have a lot of students who do like doing things in the theater, but we have a school of more than 3000 students and maybe an 8th of them are interested. Not to mention that around 15 of them are interested in technical stuff (me being the only freshman/sophomore, but we are hoping to get some freshman who are interested this new year).Only 4 or 5 of who do more than one show a year (2 of which are my brother and i). We are trying our hardest to get kids interested, but because we don't get that much funding into our theater program, or even have a technical theater class, its hard to get kids involved.