Prince Sprauve is a busy man. In addition to running rehearsals for Cradle, the new movie about Schenectady teens dealing with teenage pregnancy, (the casting process for which has been documented in the pages of The Alt), he also runs an after-school program at Schenectady High School, entitled TBU Productions After School Film & Music Program.
Tonight at 6 PM, at Proctors’ Fenmore Gallery, the after-school program will have their final showcase of the year. A short film, entitled The Last One, will be shown. The film tells the story of a young man who wishes to be a dancer, but who faces many obstacles on his way to success. After the film will be about 9-10 live dance performances from Schenectady high school students, who were involved in the making of the film.
“We’ve got a DJ, we’ve got glow in the dark sticks, we’ve got a fog machine,” Sprauve told The Alt last night, laughing. “We’ve got singing, rapping. It’s [the students’] world, their project, their concert. They built this,” said Sprauve, proudly.
The project was a year-long effort on the part of the 15-20 students who were part of the club. The students “displayed true dedication,” said Sprauve. “They came three times a week after school. Imagine what it takes to keep their dedication all day long. Sometimes you just wanna go home and eat. But they’ve been coming.”
The students in TBU’s program aren’t the most polished or professional, and that’s okay, according to Sprauve. “This is their first time ever being in front of a camera,” explained Sprauve. “Their first time going to a studio; their first time performing in front of people, developing a script, doing character development, or shooting on location. This is all to see if this is something they really want to do.”
Sprauve explains his teaching philosophy this way. “We can’t be scared for the kids to make mistakes. It’s gonna be okay. It’s okay if they mess up. We all had to do that. It’s about taking pride in somebody giving you a platform to make mistakes.”
That said, looking at the promotional video Sprauve put out on Facebook for the event; there is evidence of real talent amongst these kids; an energy and a life and a vitality to these youth that is so uniquely Schenectady.
TBU Productions After School Film and Music Program Talent Showcase
Proctors Fenmore Gallery
6 PM, Friday, June 9th, 2017