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TRYPS Institute at Stephens teams up with fire safety tour

October 8, 2014

At Ridgeway Elementary.

Members of TRYPS Institute at Stephens College have teamed up with the Columbia Fire Department to make fire safety training fun for area schoolchildren.
Dressed as characters from the animated hit “Frozen,” the TRYPS kids and fire marshals are visiting 16 schools over two days as part of the National Fire Safety & Prevention Week tour. Yesterday, the cast performed at several schools, including the Stephens College Children's School. 
TRYPS has been part of the fire safety tour for 12 years, said Jill Womack, executive artistic director of TRYPS. Each year, she writes an original script and songs to teach a specific fire safety lesson. This year, the performance included several songs about the importance of working smoke alarms.
Dressed as Elsa, Rachel Doisy put the finishing touches on her hair and make-up prior to the tour yesterday in the newly renovated space that now houses TRYPS at Hickman Hall. The college freshman said it was the first time she’d been part of the fire safety tour, “and I’m really excited.”
Keegan Atkins, 12, is somewhat of a fire tour veteran, having been on two prior tours.
“When the kids laugh, it’s really awesome,” said Keegan, who portrayed the lovable snowman Olaf. “Students afterwards have come up to me and said I was their favorite and have given me hugs. It’s a lot of fun.”

TRYPS became a part of Stephens College this summer and now holds all programming and performances on the Stephens campus. Classrooms, prop and costume shops and offices occupy three floors of Hickman Hall. The young members agreed the new space is “really great.”

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