Directing Through Jazzmyne Forsman
AP classes, directing a musical, taking pictures for TYJ, working, and making time for friends, who can do all of this? Senior Jazzmyne Forsman, that’s who. She is currently directing the musical, 47-B (a group of actors who are each working on their own set of performances are screwed over by the scheduling of the rehearsal studio). Jazzmyne wrote 47-B with John Quinn, a senior at Richmond Academy. They took music from Rent, The King and I, Wicked, Grease, and more. Jazzmyne was inspired one night, “I was watching a bunch of musicals and I thought, what would happen if some people were rehearsing but the schedule got messed up? Everyone would have to work through their problems.” Mrs. Dufault, the sponsor of the Drama Club says, “I think Jazzmyne is doing a wonderful job, because she helped Emily and now she is taking over the directing of the musical.”
Jazzmyne currently holds the position of assistant director in the drama club, also known as the Last Act Drama Society. She was only in one play, The Hunch Back of Notre Dame, and now she holds this position. Senior Chase Pardue says, “Jazzmyne did a very good job in that play.” This year, she was put in charge of creating a drama workshop for middle school students. This is the first year that the Drama Club is going to do a workshop, so she not only is in charge of it, but she had to plan it from every aspect. “The workshop is for Paul Knox Middle School and North Augusta Middle School. Paul Knox doesn’t have any kind of drama program unlike North Augusta Middle who has a drama class. The workshop is going to show the students a little bit of what we do in the Drama Club, and teach them some theater tips.” Mrs. Dufault says, “I’m very proud of Jazzmyne with the workshop.” She also said, “Jazzmyne not only has kept up with her position, she has excelled at it.”
Not only is Jazzmyne in the Drama Club as the assistant director, but she is also an AP student. She is currently taking AP Probability and Statistics, AP English Literature, and AP Physiology. Jazzmyne plans, “I am going to go to a community college for a year to boost my GPA, then I’m going to transfer to USC Columbia. I am going to major in psychology and specialize in abnormal and forensic psychology.” For those of you who don’t know: abnormal psychology, “is studying what makes the creepers tick in the world,” from the words of Jazzmyne.
Every senior wants to spend as much time with friends as possible, because they may not see them after they leave high school. So how does Jazzmyne make time for her friends? “I make time with lots of patience. When it comes to my friends, they know I’m busy all of the time, but they understand if I’m sometimes too busy to do something.” Some of the things that Jazzmyne keeps up with are babysitting or church. She says, “Between drama rehearsal, babysitting, or church, I have no free time, but I don’t really mind.” Senior Victoria Sharpe, one of Jazzmyne friends thinks, “She’s a cool person, and a good listener. When you need someone to talk to, she’s there for you.”
People find Jazzmyne a very devoted person, and a great friend. Victoria says, “Jazzmyne is very devoted to what she does. She’s passionate with what ever it is that she does. And that is what I like about her.”