After-school program instills a love of performing arts
Students performed songs from popular musicals during the “Everything Old is New Again” concert in Beverly Hills. (photo courtesy of the city of Beverly Hills)
Students in the “Taste of Broadway” after-school program in Beverly Hills performed in a review titled “Everything Old is New Again” on Dec. 17.
“Taste of Broadway” is directed by Jenny Gordon and is offered by the Beverly Hills Community Services Department. More than 75 students performed songs from the musicals “West Side Story,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Chicago,” “Anastasia” and “The Little Mermaid.” The “Jet Song,” “Sabbath Prayer,” “Razzle Dazzle,” “Journey to the Past” and “Part of Your World” were among favorites. The students practiced for months during the after-school class.
“I am humbled by the dedication and commitment my Broadway students have shown throughout the course of this class,” said Gordon, who created the program. “Musical theater is an American institution. I am thrilled to see the energy and excitement these students exude as they bring musical theater to life.”
The program for third through eighth graders is an important component of student learning in Beverly Hills, instilling self-confidence and a sense of belonging. It is held at Beverly Vista School.
“The performing arts are such an integral part of a child’s educational development and so crucial to a child’s sense of self,” Gordon added. “I hope these students will continue to find the joy and passion in performing and keeping the arts alive. I have had a great deal of joy and pride in teaching these wonderful performers.”