On November 8, 2019, our school hosted our fourth annual art celebration and fundraising event — ARTrageous 2019.
Art was celebrated in all forms from food, dancing, live music, written and spoken word, to gallery art and a live drama performance from our very own TLC GrowZone Players.
The TLC GrowZone Players 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 performance was a spin on a old time radio show called The Thin Man.
Thank you to everyone that came out and supported the arts at TLC!
If you love supporting the Arts in our community, especially
in our schools, then you will want to be at ARTrageous 2019 on November 8th
at The Learning Center Charter School.
ARTrageous is an annual, themed celebration of the Arts. The
event features music, dancing, dramatic performances, galleries of student work
This year’s theme is an old time radio show. Students have studied what entertainment was
like in the 1920s and 1930s before television.
The school’s theater troupe, the Grow Zone Players, will be performing
an actual episode of “The Thin Man” while also creating the sound effects from
“The Thin Man” was a weekly radio show that starred Nick and
Nora as crime detectives solving a mysterious case each week.
“This is a different style of performance than we’ve done in
the past but one that our young actors are very excited to share with our
community,” said drama program director, Ryan Bender.
Along with displays of student work and delicious hors
d’oeuvres, there will be local performers including members of the Ridgeline
Literary Alliance. The TLC Grow Zone
Players will present their live radio performance of “The Thin Man” at 7:30pm.
Mark your calendar for ARTrageous 2019 on Nov 8th
at 6pm at The Learning Center Charter School located at 945 Conaheeta Street in
Murphy. Adult tickets are $10 and
students are $5.
Our 4th Annual ARTrageous event is scheduled for November 8, 2019 at 6:00pm in our Auditorium. This annual event features student written and visual art, art from our local community, live performances and a special production from our very own GrowZone Players. This year’s theme is Old Time Radio Show and you won’t want to miss it. Stop by the front office to grab tickets for this awesome! annual event. $5 per student and $10 per adult. All money raised goes to support the Arts at our school.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.