Spring Musical — The Adventures of Fearsome Pirate Frank

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The annual spring drama production showed May 5-7, 2017 to sold out crowds in the school’s Black Box Theater.  The story of the the stage actors playing pirates being kidnapped by Fearsome Pirate Frank and her crew was a rousing comedy filled with talented actors perfectly cast for their parts. These students spent months learning lines, songs and dances and their hard work paid off in the incredible final production!

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A special thanks is owed to the stage hands, make-up crew, sound and lighting team. Also, the hard work of Director, Ryan Bender, Musical Director, Judy Coleman, and Assistant Director, Cheryl Catuto, is both recognized and greatly appreciated.

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Finally, this production would not be possible without the support of the Jackie Ward Foundation which seeks to enrich and enhance an otherwise general education by introducing students to the life-changing power of the Arts, while promoting business, entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering  and math education.

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Annual Spring Musical THIS WEEKEND!

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The Learning Center! Charter School’s drama group, “The GrowZone Players” is “battening down the hatches” in preparation for this year’s upcoming spring musical, The Adventures of the Fearsome Pirate Frank. The school will offer 3 performances; Friday, May 5th, Saturday, May 6th at 6:30pm and Sunday, 7th at 2pm.

Tickets are on sale now at The Curiosity Shop Bookstore, downtown Murphy and at the school office, call 828-835-7240. You can also purchase tickets on the school’s website.

The musical will be performed in the auditorium on The Learning Center campus. Those attending the Saturday, May 6th performance will be treated to a special ceremony during intermission honoring the life and legacy of Jacqueline Marie Ward, 1950-1997.

After-Event Celebration and Fundraiser

Following the play on Saturday May 6th, make plans to attend a ticketed event celebrating the life and legacy of Jacqueline Marie Ward at The Murphy Arts Center, 33 Valley River Ave. This event includes entertainment by stand-up comedian, Karl Snow, a raffle, hors d’ oeuvres and cash bar. Proceeds from the musical will be used to purchase a multi-use stage and riser system for the school’s auditorium.

Want to Go?

The musical will be performed in the auditorium on The Learning Center campus 945 Conahetta St, Murphy, NC. Three performances (6:30pm); Friday, May 5th, Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, 7th at 2pm. Purchase tickets now at The Curiosity Shop Bookstore, downtown Murphy, online or call 828-835-7240.

Tickets on Sale Now for Pirate Themed Musical, “Fearsome Pirate Frank”

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The Learning Center! Charter School’s drama group, “The GrowZone Players” is “battening down the hatches” in preparation for this year’s upcoming spring musical, The Adventures of the Fearsome Pirate Frank.” The school will offer 3 performances; Friday, May 5th, Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, 7th. Performances begin at 6:30pm.

Tickets are on sale now at The Curiosity Shop Bookstore, downtown Murphy and at the school office, call 828-835-7240. You can also purchase tickets on the school’s website.

The musical will be performed in the auditorium on The Learning Center campus. Those attending the Saturday, May 6th performance will be treated to a special ceremony during intermission honoring the life and legacy of Jacqueline Marie Ward, 1950-1997.

After-Event Celebration and Fundraiser

Following the play on Saturday May 6th, make plans to attend a ticketed event celebrating the life and legacy of Jacqueline Marie Ward at The Murphy Arts Center, 33 Valley River Ave. This event includes entertainment by stand-up comedian, Karl Snow, a raffle, hors d’ oeuvres and cash bar. Proceeds from the musical will be used to purchase a multi-use stage and riser system for the school’s auditorium.

Want to Go?

The musical will be performed in the auditorium on The Learning Center campus 945 Conahetta St, Murphy, NC. Three performances (6:30pm); Friday, May 5th, Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, 7th. Purchase tickets now at The Curiosity Shop Bookstore, downtown Murphy, online or call 828-835-7240.

From Pokemon to Pottery, Learning Center Offers Unique Variety of Electives

unnamedThe Learning Center! Charter School continues to break ground with innovations that present parents and their students with high-quality offerings in 21st century education.

The tuition-free charter school offers unique electives to enrich the curriculum with an E-STEAM learning environment. (E-STEAM is an acronym for Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts/Agriculture, and Math.)  The Learning Center’s offerings for electives are vast for an area the size of Murphy, NC. Some examples include two “purposeful project making” courses in P.E. taught by Shelly Crawford, that offers a boot camp course and a course in which students create flags and jerseys for flag football.

Another example of the school’s electives, “Pop culture creations” encourages students to use Pinterest-inspired ideas to create crafts, activities and art that are inspired by their favorite pop culture themes such as Harry Potter, Mindcraft, Pokémon, Dr. Who and more.

Students interested in math would enjoy the Art/Math elective that uses the principals of math to create art. Science teacher, Jess Karageanes claims art skills are not necessary to create art the mathematical way. Another elective called, “Behind the Scenes Make-up” is taught by Ms. Heidi LaCentra who has over 15 years of experience working in theater in Florida.

The school also has a local jewelry maker and staff member, Cindy Brockway, who leads a group in a jewelry making elective. She will assist in setting up a business so the students can sell their creations at the May Art Walk in downtown Murphy.

Pokémon has been a hit this year with students as well as adults and students will have the opportunity to use Pokémon cards and explore the art behind the characters during this elective. They may even get to take a trip and search for digital Pokémon in downtown Murphy.

Other electives include a book club to spend time studying the written arts, a drama and theater arts elective, and for those who like to get their hands dirty, an aquaponics elective that involves growing plant life without soil. Students have many other choices including pottery, art & design, web design, knitting and crochet, hiking, forest management, puppetry, primative skills, coding, chess, cooking, and many more.

Upper Grade Elective Offerings

Check out the awesome sampling of electives offered to fifth through eighth grade students this semester!

The Spring Musical: The Fearsome Pirate Frank: Auditions have taken place for what is always a spring drama success. The Cast has been announced.

Aquaponics: This elective continues to be a growing opportunity.  Only those with a desire to get their hands dirty need apply.

Pokémon Cards: Students can bring their cards on Fridays and do whatever they do with them. On nice days in the spring, they will be allowed to use their phones (if available) to go Pokémon hunting.  We will walk to the park and downtown.

Pinterest PE Projects: Most people get the power of Pinterest to inspire a project. This Pinterest inspired elective will begin with the accessories for flag football by creating belts with detachable flags. Other projects will include making hula hoops, practice jerseys, quivers for archery, a bow rack, playground repairs and upgrades, and a boot camp obstacle course. We will be working with anything from thread and needle to hammer and nails, maybe even a couple power tools.

Entrepreneurs in Training: Use your special interests to start your own business. As young entrepreneurs in training, you will learn how to be your own boss as you make many important business decisions. There are lots of different types of entrepreneurs; however, this semester we are going to learn about starting a jewelry design business: 1. Learn the basics about starting your own business and designing your own logo. 2. Use your artistic flare to design jewelry for men, women, children and pets. 3. Learn tips for pricing your handmade goods. Sell your creations at the 1st Murphy Art Walk of the 2017 Season in May!

Using Math to Create Beautiful Art: Create and see countless examples of gorgeous, simple, clever, and amazing art, all made from mathematical ideas. View fractions like Piet Mondrian. Experience tessellations and symmetry like M.C. Escher, fabricate with Fibonacci and see how irrational numbers can “in-spiral” you.

Pop Culture Creations: Have you ever wanted to create a piece of art from your favorite movie or show? In this elective, we will be working on projects that revolve around creating artistic pieces straight out of the movies. We will be knitting, painting, doing Pinterest projects, and student choice projects.

Book Club with Class work/Homework Support Perks: Are you one of those students that enjoys not only reading a great book but discussing the many interesting details of plot and characters with like-minded people? Does presenting a book review appeal to you? If you answered yes to one of the above questions, you are also often the sort of student who would like quiet time to work on a particular classroom or homework project. This elective is sure to appeal to the dedicated “book worm” who loves to learn!

Behind the Scenes/Make-up Elective:  Join Ms. Heidi for a behind the scenes elective where students will learn makeup, set building, prop design, and staging.  Students will split their time acting as stage hands/ crew for the drama elective and learning stage and beauty makeup. From dry brush to airbrush techniques, colors that compliment complexion, and highlighting hints, this elective is sure to be a blast!

Ahoy Matey! GrowZone Players Ready for Pirate Themed Spring Musical

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The Learning Center! Charter School’s drama group, “The GrowZone Players” is “battening down the hatches” in preparation for this year’s upcoming spring musical, The Adventures of the Fearsome Pirate Frank.” Auditions were held Dec. 7th and 8th and set-building will begin soon.

The musical centers around a teenage actor who is the star of a popular pirate play – The Fearsome Pirate Frank – who can’t for the life of him remember his lines! When the actor playing Frank, and his supporting cast get kidnapped by real pirates during one of their productions, it’s good-bye stardom, hello servitude on a real pirate ship!

Rehearsals will begin soon and culminate in the performances on May 4th, 5th and 6th. Drama director Ryan Bender, along with stage manager, Cheryl Catuto and music director, Judy Coleman are incredibly excited and enthusiastic about the students and the performances. “We are planning some pretty spectacular things for the set design this year,” said Bender.

The musical will be performed in the gymnatorium on The Learning Center! campus. Proceeds from the musical support the Learning Center’s drama program and the GrowZone Players. Tickets will be available to the public soon.