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Broadway Junior Theater Celebration Draws Largest Crowd Yet!

April 2, 2015

The annual Broadway Junior Theater Celebration in Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts is always a hit among young students here in Charlotte. It brings together students who share an interest in musical theater to perform and learn with New York’s famed iTheatrics educators.

This year, was the biggest year yet, and we’re so excited to show you the looks on some of these kid’s faces! About 2,200 students and teachers attended the celebration, making it our largest Broadway Junior Theater Celebration to date.

While I was lucky enough to spend some time there myself, Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Individual Giving Manager Tara Spil (who works with some of the generous people who help us make it possible) spent a lot of time at the celebration over the past three days. Since it’s hard to convey the magic of this program in just words, Tara chose some of photographer Daniel Coston’s best photos, so we can show you what we’re talking about.

Check out the photos below and see what a day at Broadway Junior means to kids in our region!

Students from First Ward Creative Arts Academy arrive at Knight Theater for Broadway Junior. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Students from First Ward Creative Arts Academy arrive at Knight Theater for Broadway Junior.

Students warm up prior to performing on the Knight Theater stage. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Students warm up prior to performing on the Knight Theater stage.

Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy students perform song from Thoroughly Modern Millie. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy students perform a song from Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Students from Mountain Island Charter School perform a song from Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Students from Mountain Island Charter School perform a song from Beauty and the Beast.

McKee Road Elementary was there to perform Under the Sea from Little Mermaid. Photo by Daniel Coston.

McKee Road Elementary was there to perform Under the Sea from Little Mermaid.

iTheatrics Founder Tim McDonald works with a student after her performance. iTheatrics staff gave positive and constructive feedback following each performance. Photo by Daniel Coston.

iTheatrics Founder Tim McDonald works with a student after her performance. iTheatrics staff gave positive and constructive feedback following each performance.

Students listen to iTheatrics’ feedback. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Students listen to iTheatrics’ feedback.

Students from First Ward Creative Arts Academy participate in a workshop about staging with iTheatrics leaders. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Students from First Ward Creative Arts Academy participate in a workshop about staging with iTheatrics leaders.

Students hang out and dance to music in between performances in Knight Theater. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Students hang out and dance to music in between performances in Knight Theater.

Students from JM Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary made new friends and had lunch in Romare Bearden Park. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Students from JM Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr. elementary schools made new friends and had lunch in Romare Bearden Park.

At the end of the day each school receives an award for participation. Two students from each school are selected to be Broadway Junior All Stars!

At the end of the day, each school receives an award for participation. Two students from each school are selected to be Broadway Junior All Stars!

Publix Supermarket Charities and Team Creatif USA were first-year sponsors for the program. The Doctor Family Foundation and Kearns Saldinger Family Foundation again both provided generous support, and many individuals pitched in to fund the $21,000 to purchase the musical show kits for schools that otherwise could not afford them and transportation costs for students to attend the celebration.

Thank you to our generous donors and sponsors for a fantastic year!

 

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