Since the school was founded in 2006, Hoptrup Efterskole has been focusing on stage arts and crafts. However, the point is not just to teach the youngsters to “put on a show”, but also to further the personal growth that is required to do just that. Principal Ken Petersen explains: “We use the subjects as a lever for our students to get to the next stage. The experience of stepping onto a stage and saying ‘one, two three, here we go’ – that’s something that really brings about a shift.” The school stages four major productions each year, including a large musical involving students from all subjects. The musical is viewed by audiences of more than 2,000 people.