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BHESA presents Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids

Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts’ drama club, comprised of 37 third, fourth and fifth graders, present the play Disney’s 101 Dalmatians.

During the first week of April, Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts looked as if it were “just going to the dogs.” Dalmatian dogs that is, and 101 of them.

The school’s drama club, made up of 37 third, fourth and fifth graders, presented the play Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids April 1-3 at the Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts auditorium. The play was presented five times during the three-day period, mostly to a full house as Benton Heights students and students from Antioch and Rocky River Elementary schools were invited to the performances.

Dawn Mortez, Benton Heights drama teacher, was the director of the play. Practice began the first week of January and culminated with last week’s performances.

“We wanted our students to have an awesome experience from the beginning to the end in building their performance craft. The play was produced in conjunction with our partnership with Blumenthal Center for the Performing Arts and Union County Community Arts Council,” said Mortez.

Through the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s Education Institute partnership, the drama club will participate in the 2nd Annual Blumenthal Celebration on April 30th.

The Benton Heights students will perform a selection from Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids before a distinguished panel of musical theater professionals provided through iTheatrics, a premier creative consultant in educational musical theater based in New York City, in association with the leading theatrical licensor Music Theatre International.

After the performance, the professionals will provide students with valuable feedback about their creativity, engagement in the performance, understanding of the material and connection to the lyrics and movement.

In addition, the Benton Heights drama club students will participate in interactive workshops while their teachers are provided professional development opportunities in musical theater.

“We are so proud of our students and grateful for our valued partnerships with Blumenthal Performing Arts and the Union County Community Arts Council. They make it possible for our public school students to develop their talent to levels that they otherwise would only be able to achieve through intensive private lessons,” said Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts principal Mike Harvey.

Written by: Luan Ingram, Chief Communications Officer
Posted: Apr 09, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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