Students Perform at end of semester

by Dave on April 23, 2010

On Friday, April 30, at 7 p.m. over 100 Broadway Bound Students from the Clear Space Arts Institute will take the stage for the Spring Performing Arts Festival. The show takes place at Cape Henlopen High School’s Theatre in Lewes and all tickets are $5.

The Broadway Bound Program allows students in grades 1-8 to rotate through 30-minute classes in dance, voice, and acting taught by professional arts educators in weekly after-school sessions. The students have been looking forward to their end-of-semester performance as the faculty continues to raise their expectations of the students’ performance level on a weekly basis. One Broadway Bound on Tour student, Meghan Hayward, a sixth grader at Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences and former Little Miss Milford, thoroughly enjoys being a part of Broadway Bound. “I enjoy Broadway Bound because it’s a way to incorporate singing, acting, and dancing into one class, all of which I love to do!” she said. Meghan takes her study in the craft of Musical Theatre very seriously. She added, “Not only does it help me improve my onstage skills, but it helps me outside of the performing arts with discipline, strength, and ability to apply in my daily life.” Some of the fully-staged musical numbers featured in this semester’s show include “Put on a Happy Face” from BYE BYE BIRDIE, “Bushel and a Peck” from GUYS AND DOLLS, and “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’” from OKLAHOMA!

Joining the Broadway Bound students that take class at Cape Henlopen will be students from the H.O. Brittingham Arts and Literacy Program. In March of 2009 the Clear Space Arts Institute partnered with H.O. Brittingham Elementary School and was awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant supports after-school enrichment focused upon academics and those activities that complement excellence. The project couples arts education professionals with academic professionals to create an arts-based reading enhancement program two days each week for 30-weeks each academic year over five years. The students from this program (some of whom are also part of the Broadway Bound on Tour program) will participate in the Performing Arts Festival as well.

With the Spring semester of Broadway Bound coming to an end with the Performing Arts Festival, students have begun registering for the Musical Theatre Summer Intensive and Acting Summer Intensive. For current information regarding the Arts Institute, Performances, or other Clear Space events, please visit the website at

In addition to the Spring Performing Arts Festival, the Broadway Bound on Tour group will be performing ONE THOUSAND CRANES at Shields, H.O. Brittingham, Milton, and Lulu M. Ross Elementary Schools in May. The play, accompanied by beautiful dancing, tells the story of a young girl, Sadako, on her journey to reconnect with her cultural heritage. 16 students from the Broadway Bound Program, including students from the H.O. Brittingham Arts and Literacy Program are a part of the production and are looking forward to the tour.

Until then, come and see the wonderful work that the current students of Broadway Bound have to present at the Performing Arts Festival performance on Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

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