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Youth From Young Audiences Programs to Perform at Mahalia Jackson Theater

Over 500 Students Participate in 5th Annual Winter Spotlight
Published: December 13, 2012

See the video on WGNOOver 500 students from seven local public schools have been selected to perform at the fifth annual Young Audiences Winter Spotlight to be held Thursday, December 13th, 2012 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.  The performance is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

“We realize the tremendous talent of the students we work with every day,” says artistic director Roscoe Reddix, Jr., Young Audiences’ Director of Arts Integration. “This spotlight allows them to share their gifts with the rest of our community. ”

The one-night event will spotlight children from seven Young Audiences after school programs in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. Highlights include marching bands from Martin Behrman Charter Academy for the Creative Arts and Sciences, O. Perry Walker High School, and William J. Fischer Accelerated Academy; African dance and drum and ballet from Woodmere Elementary and Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy of Global Studies; Brazilian dance, steel pan, choir, hip hop dance and ballet from Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts; and cheerleaders from Marrero Middle School.

Since 1962, Young Audiences of Louisiana has delivered innovative arts-based programs to children throughout the state and in November 2012, was granted authorization to open the first arts-integrated charter school in Jefferson Parish. “This charter school will allow Young Audiences to expand our vision of creating academic programs that connect the joys of discovery and creativity to give students the 21st Century Skills they need for success”, says Young Audiences Executive Director Rickie Nutik.   “This Winter Spotlight gives families a chance to preview the quality of artistic programs that our new school will offer”.

Young Audiences Charter School will be a tuition-free public charter school, open to every child in Jefferson Parish.  Young Audiences Charter will open for the 2013-14 school year with grades K-3, growing one grade per year until it is a full K-8 elementary/middle school. 
In addition to the new school initiative, Young Audiences’ will continue to serve students, teachers and families with afterschool programs, artist residencies and professional development training at schools throughout the region. 

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