Music Camp Taught More Than Just Music

Twenty four area teens participated in the inaugural year of “Music Takes You Places” in Murphy from June 25-30, 2019.  The camp was brought to Murphy by the Jackie Ward Foundation.

The Jackie Ward Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) foundation that seeks to enrich and enhance education to local students by introducing the life-changing power of the Arts, while also promoting business, entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering and math education.

The music camp was founded and is directed by accomplished pianist, Latavius Mulzac. Mulzac is a musician and music producer out of Nashville, Tennessee and has toured with BB King All Star Band, Lady Antebellum, Silk and more.

“My ‘Music Takes You Places’ program is designed to cultivate self discipline and awareness, emotional intelligence, and creativity in each student.  The goal is to guide each participant to a place musically that acts as a path to success in society,” said Mulzac.

The campers spent the week learning numerous songs in preparation for their showcase performance that was held Sunday, June 30th at the Texana Community Center.

Mulzac said that in addition to the music lessons, he had campers focused on setting and achieving goals each day.  Plus, each day during the lunch session, campers were entertained by notable musicians including Daniela Soledade, a Brazilian singer from Rio de Janeiro, master guitarist Nate Najara, and former North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson.

To learn more, please visit Music Takes You Places or the Jackie Ward Foundation.

ARTrageous 2018 Recap

On November 8th and 9th, 2018, our school hosted our third annual art celebration and fundraising event — ARTrageous 2018.

This two night event featured a live and silent auction on Thursday. Former North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson, was on hand to entertain the crowd.

On the second night of the event, art was celebrated in all forms from food, dancing, live music, written and spoken word, to gallery art and live drama performances.

Our fabulous TLC! GrowZone Players  performed a one-act play. These young actors always steal the show and give audiences a great preview of the spectacular performances you’ll see at our annual Spring Musical. This year’s play, The Wolf Who Was a Vegetarian, and Other Slightly Bizarre Stories featured the work of North Carolina Playwright Susan Steadman,  seen in the photo above.

Come Support ARTrageous & Our Own GrowZone Players TONIGHT

TONIGHT is ARTrageous 2018 — art, food, live music, and our fabulous GrowZone Players performing a one-act play. $8 for adults and $5 for students. Please consider supporting this awesome event. Plus you’ll be able to bid on items in our silent auction. OH! Did I mention there will be food? 

 

A Closer Look at the GrowZone Players Spring Musical 2018

The GrowZone Players are our troupe of actors.  Students in 5th-8th grades have the opportunity each year to choose the drama elective and, as such, audition for roles in the annual fall one-act play and the spring musical.

In Oh, Horrors! It’s Murder!, the Hamilton museum opened an exhibit entitled, “Monsters, Murderers, and Madmen.” Professor Johann Vanderveer invited world renowned Egyptologist Dirk Carlton to speak about his recent trip to Egypt and the discoveries he made concerning the ancient Tomb of Menkaura. However, during the presentation, something went awry and someone ended up dead. It was up to Lt. Dani Morrow to crack the case.

This play was appropriate for all ages with hilarious comedy and toe-tapping songs throughout.  Some audience members even got a chance to accuse characters in an attempt to discover the truth.

In addition to the perplexing mystery, there was a live exhibit from the display of Monsters, Murderers, and Madmen both before the show and during the intermission.  At intermission of the Friday, May 4th show, North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson, read some of his poetry and sang a few songs.

The musical was laugh-out-loud funny, well performed and pure entertainment for all in attendance.

The ever growing and changing list of members of our GrowZone Player troupe never cease to amaze audiences with their performances. They manage to take a script and bring it to life in a skilled and professional manner far exceeding their individual ages.

Be sure to take every opportunity to see the GrowZone Players’ productions. They are not to be missed!

North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson, Attended Annual Spring Musical

North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson, read poems and sang songs as part of opening night intermission of the charter school’s annual spring musical on May 4, 2018.

Graced with the presence of poets, so it was at the opening night of Oh Horror! It’s Murder at The Learning Center Charter School on May 4. That’s because North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson, attended and provided intermission entertainment.

Stephenson grew up on a farm in Benson, North Carolina and says that most of his poems are a product of that environment. He has written many poems about the farm, the foxhounds his father hunted and the streams, fields and trees of his childhood home. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and went on to study law at University of Pittsburgh and University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2001, the state of North Carolina awarded him the NC Award in Literature. He has gone on to receive the Bellday Poetry Prize, the Oscar Arnold Young Award, the Zoe Kincaid-Brockman Award, the Brockman-Campbell Award, the Bright Hill Press Chapbook Prize, and the Playwright’s Fund of North Carolina Chapbook Prize.

He has also produced a poetic documentary titled, Plankhouse as well as numerous books of poems including Middle Creek Poems, Carolina Shout!, The Persimmon Tree and Possum.  He and his wife, Linda, have also recorded four musical CDs.

Mary Ricketson and Joan Howard with Ridgeline Literary Alliance and North Carolina Writers Network-WEST accompanied Stephenson to the annual spring musical at the charter school.

Stephenson shared with the school’s Executive Director that during this year marking the 50th Anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council, what a pleasure it was to see firsthand that the arts are alive and well in the far west at The Learning Center Charter School.

The school will host Stephenson on its campus again in the fall as a guest assembly presenter.

Spring Musical THIS WEEKEND!

This weekend is the annual spring musical at The Learning Center Charter School located at 945 Conaheeta Street in Murphy.  The school’s drama troupe, the Grow Zone Players, is presenting Oh, Horrors! It’s Murder! On Friday, May 4th at 6:30pm, Saturday, May 5th at 6:30pm and Sunday, May 6th at 2:00pm.

In Oh, Horrors! It’s Murder!, the Hamilton museum has opened an exhibit entitled, “Monsters, Murderers, and Madmen.” Professor Johann Vanderveer has invited world renowned Egyptologist Dirk Carlton to speak about his recent trip to Egypt and the discoveries he made concerning the ancient Tomb of Menkaura. However, during the presentation, something goes awry and someone ends up dead. It is up to Lt. Dani Morrow to crack the case.

This play is appropriate for all ages with hilarious comedy and toe-tapping songs throughout.  Some audience members may get a chance to accuse characters in an attempt to discover the truth.

In addition to the perplexing mystery, there will be a live exhibit from the display of Monsters, Murderers, and Madmen for patrons to enjoy both before the show and during the intermission.  At intermission of the Saturday, May 5th show, North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson, will read some of his poetry and discuss what goes into being Poet Laureate.

Tickets are on sale at the school and online at www.naturallygrownkids.org. Call 835-7240 for more information.

Grow Zone Players Gearing Up For Spring Musical. Are You?

The Learning Center Charter School’s drama group, The Grow Zone Players, are busily preparing for this year’s spring musical, Oh, Horrors, It’s Murder. The school will offer three performances; Friday, May 4th, Saturday, May 5th at 6:30pm and Sunday, May 6th at 2pm.

In Oh, Horrors, It’s Murder, the Hamilton museum has opened an exhibit entitled, “Monsters, Murderers, and Madmen.” Professor Johann Vanderveer has invited world renowned Egyptologist Dirk Carlton to speak about his recent trip to Egypt and the discoveries he made concerning the ancient Tomb of Menkaura. However, during the presentation, something goes awry and someone ends up dead. It is up to Lt. Dani Morrow to crack the mystery

This play is appropriate for all ages with hilarious comedy and toe-tapping songs throughout.  Some audience members may get a chance to accuse characters in an attempt to discover the truth.

In addition to the perplexing mystery, there will be a live exhibit from the display of Monsters, Murderers, and Madmen for patrons to enjoy both before the show and during the intermission.

Play Director, Ryan Bender, said, “I want to thank the Jackie Ward Foundation for Academics and the Arts for supporting us, and the school for continuing to be a place that fosters not only education, but a long-lived passion for the Arts.  The cast is working really hard to put on what hopes to be our best, funniest, and most hair-raising play yet!”

The musical will be performed in the auditorium on The Learning Center campus at 945 Conahetta Street in Murphy.  There will be three performances — May 4th and 5th at 6:30pm and May 6th at 2pm. Purchase tickets now in the front office or via our website at www.naturallygrownkids.org or call 828-825-7240.