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Mesa students explore world of performing arts


February 04, 2010

This month, more than 80 fifth-grade students from Jefferson Elementary School in Mesa will participate in an intensive eight-week curriculum-based program called “Kaleidoscope” presented by ASU Gammage, one of the leading performing arts presenters in the country.
 

Since 1994, Kaleidoscope – nationally recognized and one of the premiere programs of its kind in the nation – has educated and exposes students to the performing arts. These are students who otherwise might not have the opportunity to experience live Broadway theater.
 

During the program, the students will work closely with ASU Gammage staff and with school administrators and teachers to explore the historical and sociological aspects of the Broadway show "Mary Poppins." 
 

The students will partake in lessons revolving around the show’s theme including the class system in Edwardian England, the role of nannies, importance of values, performing arts and analyzing characters. Students also will attend the show at ASU Gammage. Plus, they will meet the cast and crew and have the chance to ask them questions about their educational and professional experiences.

“If we can expose just one student to the world of theater and what that has to offer, I am thrilled," said Colleen Jennings- Roggensack, ASU Gammage's executive director. "It’s our mission at ASU Gammage to connect communities, and Kaleidoscope is one of the many ways we make this happen.”

For more information about the program, or to learn how to get your school and students involved in future Kaleidoscope programs, please call (480) 965-5062.