Summer Performing Arts: More than meets the eye

I’m constantly discovering and rediscovering reasons why I love my job. The past two weeks I had the opportunity to attend several class show-and-tells, share days, and rehearsals while covering Grand Fork’s Summer Performing Arts Company. The program is known for its two major high school musicals it produces each summer; however, the program is so much more than singing and dancing.

One of the intern reporters, Will Beaton, used to participate in SPA and now teaches the elementary SPA theater. Being an insider, Will was able to give us deeper insight into the program. Three of the programs I had the opportunity to write about were MySPA, ELL SPA and School of Rock. MySPA is an arts program that gives students with special needs an opportunity to get creative, gain confidence and perform on stage. The students are so enthusiastic and a joy to watch. ELL SPA is a program for students learning English. They spend have of their day working with ELL teachers and half of their day working on performing arts. School of Rock is one of the many classes offered through SPA. Students get the opportunity to write and record original songs (or covers) with professional studio equipment.

If you want to read (or watch) more about this awesome performing arts program in Grand Forks, please, check out my article and Will’s awesome video. 

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