Erik Schlicht

Elementary School: Community School 
College: University of Rhode Island
Major: Theatre 
What is your dream job? 
My dream job is to work as an actor, director, and playwright in Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theaters.

“What makes CHS special is the abundance of opportunities offered for students here; if you ask around and get involved, you’ll find that there’s more than enough.”

Who was your favorite teacher or administrator during your time at CHS? What subject did they teach? What made her or him special?

I can’t just list one favorite teacher, as two stand out in particular. The first is Mr. DiMartino, without whom I never would have discovered my love of theatre. He showed me the ropes when it comes to acting and he’s helped me become a lot more outgoing, making me far more confident not only academically and artistically, but socially. The second is Madame Davis-Schenck, who taught me not only about French, but about life in general during the three years I had her for a teacher. She’s always taken an interest in the activities I pursue outside of the classroom and she’s always been there for advice when I need it, and for that I’ll be forever grateful.

 

What is something about CHS that people might not know, but should?

Everyone should know about the theatre classes that CHS offers; even if one doesn’t want to be a theatre major, they’re still incredibly rewarding. Don’t let your stage fright keep you away. These classes provide an opportunity to overcome that stage fright, to develop skills in collaboration and improvisation — and they’re a lot of fun, too!  For those who would like to participate in plays during their time at CHS, whether onstage or behind the scenes, the CHS Theatre club is the place for you!

What advice would you give to next year’s ninth grade students coming to CHS?

Get involved with extracurricular activities! You’ll grow so much and you’ll have so much fun doing it. Don’t be discouraged if the first club you join isn’t for you either; keep trying until you find your niche.

What makes CHS special? Why?

What makes CHS special is the abundance of opportunities offered for students here; if you ask around and get involved, you’ll find that there’s more than enough. They’ve allowed me to have a highly personalized experience at CHS that I will always remember, highlights of which range from acting in high school drama festivals, to participating in mock trials that took place in actual courtrooms, and even to an independent study I was granted, through which I was given the chance to study different aspects of theatre in depth.