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By: Sawsan Zahr, 11ADP student
Performing arts students at UCA shone this year with fantastic productions for the school community throughout the year.
In celebration of the festive season last year, elementary, middle, and high school students from the Visual and Performing Arts department presented Once Upon White Christmas last year, which was a series of performances that highlighted their amazing talents. For the first time in UCA history, such a show was exhibited and tickets for both nights of the performance were completely sold out. Singers, dancers and actors of all ages celebrated Christmas cheer with family, friends and teachers in two hours of joy. Sixth grade students engaged the audience with their fun upbeat singing. High school students wrote and performed the original play Who Stole Christmas and had the audience laughing in their seats. Everyone was tapping his/her feet with the graceful dancers. The event was a huge success that every member of the UCA family was able to participate in.
The Visual and Performing Arts department continued their success with another outstanding performance in the spring. From the thrilling tale of Jekyll and Hyde, to the humorous yet heart-warming journey of Oliver Twist, to the hysterical and touching story of Wicked, UCA’s after school Broadway Production Club had something in store for everyone. UCA students, each of whom added his or her unique touch to the characters, brought complex, distinct and beloved characters from some of the greatest shows on Broadway to life.
After months of hard work with Mr. John Sarver and Ms. Maysam Ahmadieh, our students engaged the audience in laughter, shock and drama and kept them on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. Children were entertained by the eccentric Glinda, parents were captivated by dark Mr. Hyde, and everyone was in awe of sweet Oliver. The show was indeed a success and the UCA community is looking forward to additional productions in the future.