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Multi-school program bringing young actors along in stages

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Photo by Suzy Thatcher
Students from Meiners Oak Elementary School and Nordhoff High School meet to work on their drama skills.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
During the month of November, theater students from Nordhoff High School and Meiners Oaks Elementary School commuted on foot twice weekly to each other's campus to practice performance skills.
The partnership is part of a new program known as Theater Buddies.
Suzy Thatcher, a Meiners Oaks special education teacher, and John Hoj, director of Nordhoff's Theater Arts program, conceived Theater Buddies to create a “feeder program” for the high school drama department, Thatcher said.

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