Spring Performance fills Town Hall Theater

Spring Performance fills Town Hall Theater
Posted on 05/15/2019
Spring Performance fills Town Hall TheaterPlumas Charter School families filled the Town Hall Theater on May 2 for the Quincy Learning Center’s annual Spring Performance. Titled “A Glimpse into Arts at Plumas Charter: Collaboration, Connections, and Community,” the program featured song, dance, and performance by students in transitional kindergarten through 10th grade.

Before the show, families and students gathered on the lawn at Dame Shirley Plaza for pizza and treats. Food sales raised more than $300 for the fifth-grade class.

Parents then headed to the Town Hall Theater, where PCS Executive Director Taletha Washburn offered school updates. Next, music teacher Greg Willis presented a video montage showing his students at work. In music craft class, they built their own musical instruments; in digital audio class they learned to mix tracks and create electronic music.

Willis then joined four students on stage as a member of the band Chaos Corner, which started off the live performance portion of the evening by singing and playing two selections.

Reprising her role from last year’s Fall Performance, Saraha Michelle Black, PCS’s performing arts teacher, acted as organizer with support from Willis. She also appeared on stage during the evening, leading her drama students in a demonstration of theater games and conducting her choral students.     

The youngest students, in grades TK though second, wowed the audience with the “Baby Shark” song, complete with sharkfin headbands, group choreography, and live music from Willis’s older students.

The oldest students, in grades seventh through 10th, presented a compelling dance to the song “Resilient,” by Rising Appalachia, which shared an empowering message of uplifting each other. At its climax, the students unfurled a banner declaring themselves “Resilient.”

In two nonmusical performances, students enacted the story of Paul Bunyan and presented a humorous play about the dangers of pollution. The latter ended with the memorable line from Dr. Seuss: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

In the grand finale, the audience was encouraged to join in as all 80-plus students gathered on the stage to sing Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” leaving their families with the positive message that “every little thing’s gonna be all right.”

For more information about Plumas Charter School, visit plumascharterschool.org or call (530) 283-3851.

By Ingrid Burke, I. Burke Writing & Editing
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In the photo: In a demonstration of theater games and exercises, third- through sixth-grade drama students enact an emotion for the audience to guess. Photo by Ingrid Burke

    Watch the full performance below! Also, check out Mr. Greg's video montage illustrating his music craft and digital audio classes, and a small clip of the performance's finale.