BETHLEHEM, PA (December 4, 2020)—The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) Theatre Department will present its annual Children’s Show virtually this year. Written, produced, directed, and performed by the senior theatre class, The Mirror Warriors of Harmony Hills is a fun-filled web series that will be released in four separate episode installments.
The story centers around a magical world where four characters work together to defeat the evil dragon keeping them apart. On the journey, they discover that, even in the toughest of times, teamwork and friendship can get them through.
For the past fifteen years, the senior theatre class at Charter Arts has produced a children’s show for which they invite area elementary teachers and students to the high school theatre to enjoy the show for free. The theatre class has also taken the show ‘on tour’ in the past to regional libraries, community centers, etc. This year, even though the class could not perform to a packed house of youngsters in person, they decided to create a virtual version that will be distributed to teachers to share with their classes. In addition, they are releasing the streamed episodes to the general public to enjoy as well.
“The children’s show has become a tradition in our theatre program, something the seniors look forward to in their final year at Charter Arts,’ said Ashley Weller, theatre faculty member and advisor for the production. “Sadly, last year we were not able to perform due to the pandemic. So this year we wanted to make sure we were able to perform no matter what. And the idea of a play that was broken up into episodes became the perfect solution. The seniors jumped in and have worked incredibly hard to put their performance together. Everything was done virtually or remotely – which is not an easy task – but these students did not want to miss out on their opportunity to give back to the community and bring theatre to little ones.”
The first episode will launch December 11-13, 2020, with 7 PM showings each day and 10 AM showings on December 12 & 13th. Tickets to the streamed show are just $5 general admission and can be purchased on the school’s ticket line: https://www.showtix4u.com/
The show is recommended for ages 5-9. Additional episodes will premiere monthly from January through March 2021.
ABOUT THE CHARTER ARTS THEATRE DEPARTMENT:
The mission of the Charter Arts Theatre Department is to expose young artists to the multitude of works, theories and practices essential to an understanding and appreciation for Theatre Arts, as well as to foster the students’ inherent talents and to encourage them to confidently share their creativity with the world at large.
The Charter Arts Theatre Department offers a pre-professional training program for high school-aged performers. The department provides students with the skills they will need to move on to competitive college programs as well as professional theatre experiences. Classes are designed to encourage students to create imaginative and compelling characters, to regard their voices and bodies as creative instruments, to expose them to theatrical literature and to instill in them a sense of respect and professionalism for the art form that will stay with them throughout their lives.
ABOUT THE LEHIGH VALLEY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS (Charter Arts):
Charter Arts is an audition-based public charter school that provides a comprehensive curriculum for high school students, grades 9-12, who have a passion for the arts. Students major in one of seven artistic areas: dance, instrumental music, literary arts, production arts, theatre, visual arts, or vocal music.
Charter Arts’ rigorous curriculum fosters both academic and artistic excellence for its students. The school’s impressive Future Ready PA Index ranking, Advanced Placement (AP) exam statistics, Keystone Exam statistics, SAT scores, prestigious artistic accolades, and graduation rate, are testaments to the outstanding education that Charter Arts provides.
Charter Arts is proud to celebrate its eighteenth year as one of the most respected high schools for the arts in the nation. Charter Arts was one of only 349 schools in the nation to be named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2020, the school earned the Title I Distinguished School designation for the fourth year in a row, placing it in the top 5 % of all Title I high schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Recently, Charter Arts was ranked as #1 Best Public High School Teachers in PA (out of 666) and #1 Best Charter High School in Pennsylvania on Niche’s 2021 Best Schools in America Rankings.
Charter Arts is located at 321 East 3rd Street, Bethlehem PA 18015.
For more information, visit www.CharterArts.org.
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