By: Ethan Rampersaud
There is a quote from William Shakespeare’s play “As You Like It” that states:
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players…”
Mr. Titherington (2nd from the left in the above picture) has given this phrase a new meaning. As a drama teacher, he assists students who know little in acting, but have the desire in their heart to act, and brings out the inner actor inside every student whom he mentors. A Mister Miyagi in theater, Mr. Titherington takes in novice students with untapped potential and outputs students ready to show their talent on stage. In other words, he has and is playing a successful character in the stage of the world.
His occupation as a drama teacher is ironic, since he refused it three times. Once an English teacher, students implored him to take on the thespian world by teaching drama. Although he refused three times as stated before, he eventually decided to teach drama. Mr. Titherington has stated that ever since he started teaching drama one and a half years ago, he has appreciated doing it and he still loves it with that same passion.
According to Mr. Titherington, “The best part is the hardest part.” In other words, he has to take a student with the drive and yearning to perform and guide them through the steps and obstacles of participating in a play. Mr. Titherington also has to show his students aspects of human nature they do not know exist in order for them to further understand not just the theater, but how it relates to real life itself. In the end, he is rewarded by watching the students successfully stage the play while collaborating with other students, making for an amazing show.
If he had to choose a favorite playwright, he would not choose one, but two. Mr. Titherington ties both Anna Deavere Smith, author of Fires in the Mirror and Let Me Down Easy, and William Shakespeare, author of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
If someone asked Mr. Titherington for advice, he would give them superficial advice. To begin with, he would provide his students with this quote from the Roman playwright Terrence: “I am human, and nothing of that which is human is alien to me.” In other words, his students are humans; they will not be perfect and will make some mistakes in rehearsal and performance. Ergo, imperfection should not be a foreign object to them. Everyone encounters imperfection, whether they like it or not. In addition, he told me this:
To become a good actor, you must pay the toll, and the toll is time. You must discover that the character you are acting out is already inside of you and you must use time to find that character and act him out on stage.
In more concise words, the ingredient to a polished performance and a seasoned actor is time. No one in Mr. Titherington’s class is expected to recite their lines perfectly in one day. Excellence requires time, and Mr. Titherington knows that.
Like many of the staff here at Pasco High School, Mr. Titherington shows the exemplary dedication and time teachers give their students in order to achieve pride, honor and success. He prepares his students to go on stage by giving them the resources needed to succeed: knowledge, practice, and time. It is no wonder how his students delivered an excellent performance in Pasco High School’s production of William Shakespeare’s, The Tempest last year, for they had the drive, the resources and the mentor to succeed.