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As part of the Youth Leadership of America, a non-profit leadership organization that is dedicated to developing student leadership and interpersonal skills, Ben Navarro and a team of nine other high school youth from Orange County co-wrote a proposal to bring music to elementary students through guitar, keyboard and violin lessons in Magnolia School District.  They call themselves Young Acoustics and provided a series of four to five ninety-minute lessons to students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade at Juliette Low Elementary School during January 2017.  The team built partnerships with student volunteers from high schools all across the county and Nathan Nguyen of 1 Music Center, a division of instrumentalsavings.com to provide instruments and lessons for all students who showed interest in learning more about music. It was exciting to see high school students working with younger students as they exemplify student leadership and service to Magnolia students.

Juliette Low did it again!  Audiences of all generations “Can’t Stop the Feeling” of happiness that overcame them as they experienced the retelling of a classic story, with a twist, of a little mermaid who longs to be a part of the “human world” and pursue her quest for fame in the Big Apple. Beginning with the entire cast singing, “Aquarius,” the musical explored themes such as optimism and resilience. Delightful humor scattered throughout the tale included a fish named Trixie singing, “It’s All About that Bass,” as she wistfully contemplated the crush she had on a bass fish named Rainbow.

Due to the generosity of Superintendent Donavan, buses were provided, allowing students from every school to attend the musical. In total, 2,376 Magnolia School District students were in 1 of 7 audiences.

An encore community performance of “Under the Sea” will take place on Tuesday, December 20 for community leaders.

The show’s success is due to the creativity of writer/director, Sherrie Todorovic, co-writers, Christina Fink-Manfre, and Sonja Fehlmann, the beautiful costumes and sets designed by Sandy Jackson, the musical direction of Gina Pavlov, and the behind-the- scenes management and organization provided by Thuan Mai, Melissa Brakefield, and Patti Park.  The cast of students in grades 3-6 brought the script and musical selections to life while students, parents, teachers, and custodial staff supported the production through collaborative artwork, vocals, and set design.  Juliette Low’s commitment to the arts is a powerful testament to the statement, “It takes a village to raise a child”.


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