January 6th-10 2014
It tool some time for everyone to get back into the swing of things, and this was a relatively quiet week. Some exciting things though-
ASB Gives Back
ASB Leadership students were given an assignment to go out and provide service to their community, spending at least 4-6 hours doing something nice for somebody else. The students picked a wide range of activities- several students volunteered at a hospice for patients with dementia and Alzheimer's, reading magazines and hosting a sing a long for the patients. Others worked with Rotary and the Lemon Lady, picking neighborhood fruit to donate to the Contra Costa Food Bank. Other students volunteered at the local elementary school's community garden, wrapped Christmas gifts for adopted families and entered genealogy information for their church. The class really felt this was a valuable project, as one student said, "I'm grateful we had this assignment and I look forward to volunteering more and finding more opportunities to help."
Musical Theater Master Class
Our performing arts students were given an amazing opportunity to do an audition workshop with master teachers Gia Solari-Welch and Lindsay Roebuck. Gia is an accomplished actress, director and choreographer, having performed on Broadway, on tour with the Broadway production Evita, and then moving into production. She most recently directed and choreographed the Shellie Award winning Legally Blonde with Broadway Star Bailey Hanks here in the East Bay for Diablo Theatre Company, a production that our own Ms. Cooper was a part of. Lindsay Roebuck was the dance captain for that production. They took students through each basic component of a professional audition, beginning with dance, then singing, and finally reading through sides from the script. they offered feedback and tips to students to help them on their quest for pursuing theater after high school. We are so lucky to live in an area of California rich in the arts! This coming week, students will take their new knowledge and put it to work as they audition for our Spring Musical, Legally Blonde.