Students get chance to shine at StART Osceola showcase event Saturday
By Peter Covino
St. Cloud High School is usually a much quieter place in the summer, but for the past two weeks, it has been bustling with aspiring performing arts students from around Osceola County as part of stART Osceola, a performing arts camp.
Some 160 students, representing 20 middle schools and high schools from throughout the county, have been involved in the intensive camp, which features 10 Julliard-trained teaching artists from New York City, as well as Osceola County arts teachers, in the unique camp which focuses on six creative disciplines —dance, choral, instrumental, visual arts, drama and technical theater.
StART Osceola established in 2010 by Evan Todd, a Kissimmee native and a former student of Horizon Middle School and Osceola County School for the Arts. Working in collaboration with his middle school drama teacher and muse, Nina Cochran, Todd sought to bring the high quality, rigorous training that he experienced at The Juilliard School in New York City in Osceola County.
According to a press release, the program has aims of empowering young people with the knowledge and creative spirit that will enable them to make their dreams a reality that they can practically pursue. Even if the students opt out of a creative life in the future, stART understands that the skills of confidence, communication and co-operation that are inherent in all art forms are transferrable and can be used in pursuit of any life goal.
This year the program has taken on the world of Louis XIV and Versaille to Osceola County in the year 2014. For the past week, students have been exploring core skills and artistic concepts in classes during the day, which then culminate in original “Creativity” performance pieces that are created in collaboration with their teaching artists.
Everyone is invited to see the culmination of the student/teacher efforts tonight at the showcase event Saturday at St. Cloud High School at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go directly towards running next year’s program. For more information on the program visit www.startosceola.org.
If you cannot attend the event but would like to help the artistic effort, donations are welcome. Financial Donations: Producer: $500 and above. Director: $100-$499. Performer: $10-$99.
Make checks payable to: The Education Foundation/start and mail to:
Attn: Lorena Bruneau
3651 Pleasant Hill Road.
Kissimmee, FL 34746.