From STEM to stage

Tech Valley High students are the driving force behind the staging of ‘Mulan’

“Mulan” director Andrew Glanton, a junior at Tech Valley High, gives guidance to actress Jen Mosher.

“Mulan” director Andrew Glanton, a junior at Tech Valley High, gives guidance to actress Jen Mosher.

When most people think about Tech Valley High School, they think about students studying science, technology, engineering and math. While this is true, it’s not just STEM learning that is going on at the TVHS campus in Rensselaer.


• What: “Mulan”

• When: Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m.

• Where: Tech Valley High School, 9 University Place, Rensselaer

• How much: $7 for adults, $5 for children and seniors

Dan Quinones, a junior at TVHS, sees his future in the arts.

“I want to be a screenwriter and minor in theater,” said Quinones of Averill Park.

While studying at a STEM-focused school may seem like an odd path to the arts, the skills TVHS students are taught are meant to help them succeed in whatever path they choose.

Quinones and fellow student Andrew Glanton, also a junior from Averill Park, decided early in the school year that they would like to put together a school play and brought the idea to TVHS teacher Sophia Hsia.

“Andrew and Dan approached me and said that they would like to do a musical this year. I was of course very excited about it. They wanted to do ‘Mulan.’ One of the best things — there are so many things — that I like about TVHS is, first of all, the opportunities that it offers our students, both in and out of school. The fact that students are the initiators to put something together is rare in this day and age, but not at TVHS,” said Hsia.

Hsia said it’s common for students at TVHS to take it upon themselves to initiate the activities and clubs they have an interest in.

“Unless it’s student initiated, we don’t get involved,” said Hsia.

With determination and the guidance of a couple of TVHS teachers, Quinones and Glanton moved forward with the production of “Mulan,” which will hit the stage April 4 and 5.

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