Alumni & Friends of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts



ALUMNI & FRIENDS HIGHLIGHTS

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Friday July 12th, 2024

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We can’t stop thinking about last month’s reunion and wanted to share more fun moments we had with our alumni!

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Surely, you’ve got photos of the wonderful 50th anniversary class of ‘74??

Monday July 8th, 2024

Our alumni did lots of awesome things throughout June! Shoutout to a few of their amazing accomplishments!

Photo #1 - Marlon Wayans’ (LaG ’90) comedy special “Good Grief” premiered on June 4th

Photo #2 - Kecia Lewis-Evans (PA ’82) won her first Tony Award for “Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical” for her role in “Hell’s Kitchen”

Photo #3 - Maya Williams Lippman (M&A ’76) released her debut novel CROSSROADS, including a mention of Music and Art HS

Photo #4 - Camille A. Brown (LaG ’97) won a Chita Rivera Award for “Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show” for her work on “Hell’s Kitchen”. She was also nominated for a Tony Award for “Best Choreography”

Photo #5 - Sarah Paulson (LaG ’93) won her first Tony Award for winner for “Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play” for “Appropriate”

Photo #6 - Norman Narotzky’s (M&A ’45) painting Paisaje Ardiendo was prominently displayed in the exhibition, Informalismo en Catalunya, 1956-1966 at the Museum d’Art de Girona

Photo #7 - Jonathan Tunick (M&A ’54) won his second Tony Award for “Best Orchestrations” for “Merrily We Roll Along”

Photo # 8 - Charles Fox (M&A ’58) performed in a one-night-only concert at the Cutting Room NYC on June 26th

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Our alumni did lots of awesome things throughout June! Shoutout to a few of their amazing accomplishments!

Photo #1 - Marlon Wayans’ (LaG ’90) comedy special “Good Grief” premiered on June 4th

Photo #2 - Kecia Lewis-Evans (PA ’82) won her first Tony Award for “Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical” for her role in “Hell’s Kitchen”

Photo #3 - Maya Williams Lippman (M&A ’76) released her debut novel CROSSROADS, including a mention of Music and Art HS

Photo #4 - Camille A. Brown (LaG ’97) won a Chita Rivera Award for “Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show” for her work on “Hell’s Kitchen”. She was also nominated for a Tony Award for “Best Choreography”

Photo #5 - Sarah Paulson (LaG ’93) won her first Tony Award for winner for “Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play” for “Appropriate”

Photo #6 - Norman Narotzky’s  (M&A ’45) painting Paisaje Ardiendo was prominently displayed in the exhibition, Informalismo en Catalunya, 1956-1966 at the Museum d’Art de Girona

Photo #7 - Jonathan Tunick (M&A ’54) won his second Tony Award for “Best Orchestrations” for “Merrily We Roll Along”

Photo # 8 - Charles Fox (M&A ’58) performed in a one-night-only concert at the Cutting Room NYC on June 26th

We love hearing about what alumni are doing, please share your exciting projects with us!

Friday June 28th, 2024

We are deeply sorry to announce that Richard Klein died yesterday, June 27th, at the age of 94. He was Principal of the High School of Music and Art and simultaneously of The High School of Performing Art. He presided over the unification of the two schools in 1984, which created Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts (about which the movie Fame was based). Under his leadership, the successor school became what is arguably the finest public high school of the arts in the United States.

Richard’s contribution to public education in the arts extended beyond New York and he subsequently was a founder and the first Principal of the New World School of the Arts in Miami and, after that, a director of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Thus, there are many generations of students who have benefited from his visionary insights into the importance of integrating arts and academic education within the public sphere.

Richard Klein’s commitment to students and their education for many decades and in different iterations has affected the sensibilities and lives of thousands of young people, including many who did not become arts professionals, but gained an enhanced appreciation the arts.

He will be greatly missed.
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We are deeply sorry to announce that Richard Klein died yesterday, June 27th, at the age of 94. He was Principal of the High School of Music and Art and simultaneously of The High School of Performing Art.  He presided over the unification of the two schools in 1984, which created Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts (about which the movie Fame was based). Under his leadership, the successor school became what is arguably the finest public high school of the arts in the United States.
 
Richard’s contribution to public education in the arts extended beyond New York and he subsequently was a founder and the first Principal of the New World School of the Arts in Miami and, after that, a director of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
 
Thus, there are many generations of students who have benefited from his visionary insights into the importance of integrating arts and academic education within the public sphere.
 
Richard Klein’s commitment to students and their education for many decades and in different iterations has affected the sensibilities and lives of thousands of young people, including many who did not become arts professionals, but gained an enhanced appreciation the arts.
 
He will be greatly missed.

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Oh….our dear Mr Klein ! PA ‘75 This is exactly how I remember him! RIP🥲

May his memory be a blessing.

He was a great Principal

Rest In Peace sir

He was a genial person, but he had an enormous task: every year, he had to fight the Board of Education for allotments to allow the dance program (at Performing Arts) and the music programs (at Performing Arts and M&A) to continue at the same level (the Board of Education kept trying to cut the budgets). In hindsight, his tenacity did keep Music & Art and Performing Arts at peak capacity, and the faculty and resources continued to be as strong as possible.

He will be greatly missed. He always took time out for students and was an empathetic listener. Praying for God's perfect peace and comfort for his family. 🙏🦋💝

Always walking through the halls with a smile on his face ! M&A “83🙏💔

Knew him... Met him after Wechsler left... (I did 'service' in the Main Office at M&A when I was a student there '64-'67.) He was a very sweet man...

Rest gently among the angels, Mr. Klein. You did much good for a great many young people. Thank you.

R.I.P.

Great Principal and person. Will be present always

So sad to see this news. We were so fortunate to have such a great principal. Always caring, always listening to his students and teachers in whatever they needed. He always knew how to get the job done and be there for each and every one of us. A lovely man, he will be missed. My condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and students.

Mr. Klein was the one person who saw me, pushed me and encouraged me! He even developed a friendship with my grandmother who he made feel good about my choice at PA vs M&A! He will be missed.

Awwww 😢 He was such a nice man

So very sad to read that Mr. Klein passed away. He was a kind and wonderful man. I still have the letter he sent on my behalf to Barnard College as well as many others over the years. He truly will be missed and NEVER forgotten😭🙏😭

He was a great principal! Strong leader and lover of the arts.

Wow, a life well lived, I am grateful for his leadership! M& A '83 🙏

A wonderful, kind man, great.Principal. My condolences to all. RIP Mr. Klein. 🙏🏽❤️

Oh wow Rip in peace

Rest in peace Mr. Klein!

He was a great principal! When the basketball team got in a big fight after a game at MLK H.S which we did not start - he made sure they were suspended for the year and bought us brand new uniforms for the championship game and met with us to make sure that we were ok.

Greatest principal of all times. Class”77

He was always present— greeting us as we walked through the halls ‘84 (last graduating class at the castle).

100% Class act! Always appeared dapper and he held the standard. Thank you Sir.

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Saturday June 22nd, 2024

Congratulations to the Class of 2024! We are so excited to have you join our amazing group of alumni!

A big thank you to Lorna Courtney (LAG ‘16) who gave an amazing keynote speech!
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Congratulations to the Class of 2024! We are so excited to have you join our amazing group of alumni!

A big thank you to Lorna Courtney (LAG ‘16) who gave an amazing keynote speech!

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I remember the graduation of my M&A class of ‘62. A great day in the life of so many at Carnegie Hall. I was a lazy student , just good enough to eke my way through all the Regents required subjects. I did learn I should have worked harder. But, HS was still a lesson in life and a fond memory.

👏👏👏👏👏👏

Must've been a wonderful event... I remember ours Class of '67 so well... Carnegie was under renovation, so we had our graduation at the Waldorf Astoria... and we didn't wear caps and gowns because, in those days at M&A, they didn't want us to be 'typical, boring' graduates... M&A will always bring so many incredible memories to so many...

It was a beautiful ceremony now I am a proud mom of an alumni! 👩‍🎓

Congratulations!!

I remember my graduation in 1979, we were the last class to have our ceremony at Carnegie Hall. It was awesome. The senior choir, which I was in the Alto section, sang on that stage!💯🔥🎼🎨

Congratulations to all

Can anyone print a list of all the most famous Graduates of M&A, PA and the combined LaGuardia? Not enough room here?

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Tuesday June 18th, 2024

A huge congratulations to Jonathan Tunick (M&A ‘54) who won his second career Tony Award, winning Best Orchestrations for his work on Merrily We Roll Along. The win is a full-circle moment for Tunick, who was the longtime primary orchestrator for late composer Stephen Sondheim.

“Thanks to [director] Maria, and to Steve, my old friend and teacher,” he said onstage at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater while accepting the honor.

We had the honor of recently celebrating with Jonathan and his M&A class of ’54 at this year’s reunion! They recounted stories and made sure to perform a few songs!
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A huge congratulations to Jonathan Tunick (M&A ‘54) who won his second career Tony Award, winning Best Orchestrations for his work on Merrily We Roll Along. The win is a full-circle moment for Tunick, who was the longtime primary orchestrator for late composer Stephen Sondheim.

“Thanks to [director] Maria, and to Steve, my old friend and teacher,” he said onstage at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater while accepting the honor.

We had the honor of recently celebrating with Jonathan and his M&A class of ’54 at this year’s reunion! They recounted stories and made sure to perform a few songs!

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How fabulous!🎉🍾💐🎭

Congrats 👏👏💙💙

PA forever!!!!!!!!!

Thursday June 13th, 2024

Join Charles Fox (M&A ’58) Featuring The Bobby Sanabria Band live in concert, for one night only! They will be performing songs from his documentary “Killing Me Softly With His Songs” at the Cutting Room on Wednesday, June 26th!

Fox is a Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, composer, conductor and pianist, who has composed numerous symphonic concerts and chamber music works. Additionally, Fox has composed the music for more than 100 films and many iconic TV series.

You can get tickets at: thecuttingroomnyc.com
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Join Charles Fox (M&A ’58) Featuring The Bobby Sanabria Band live in concert, for one night only! They will be performing songs from his documentary “Killing Me Softly With His Songs” at the Cutting Room on Wednesday, June 26th!

Fox is a Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, composer, conductor and pianist, who has composed numerous symphonic concerts and chamber music works. Additionally, Fox has composed the music for more than 100 films and many iconic TV series. 

You can get tickets at: thecuttingroomnyc.com

Monday June 10th, 2024

It was lovely to see everyone and to welcome our alumni from all graduation years ending in “4” and “9” and all classes from 1950-58 this past weekend!

Enjoy a few moments we captured from Saturday! We will keep you posted when we get all photos back and uploaded.
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It was lovely to see everyone and to welcome our alumni from all graduation years ending in “4” and “9” and all classes from 1950-58 this past weekend!

Enjoy a few moments we captured from Saturday!  We will keep you posted when we get all photos back and uploaded.

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My sister and late friend went to PA... just a suggestion but when you're talking about alumni perhaps you should also include the name High School of Performing Arts because that's what it was called back in the 70s when they went...

Friday June 7th, 2024

You have two chances to attend the Spring Semi-Annual Concert on Friday 6/7 and Saturday 6/8!

Don’t miss the chance to watch the phenomenal LaGuardia Philharmonic and Senior Chorus!
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You have two chances to attend the Spring Semi-Annual Concert on Friday 6/7 and Saturday 6/8!  

Don’t miss the chance to watch the phenomenal LaGuardia Philharmonic and Senior Chorus!

Thursday May 30th, 2024

Come join the senior dancers this weekend for the 2024 Graduation Dance Concert in the LaGuardia Concert Hall! Performances will take place Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st at 7pm as well as Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm.

You don’t want to miss this amazing performance!!
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Come join the senior dancers this weekend for the 2024 Graduation Dance Concert in the LaGuardia Concert Hall! Performances will take place Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st at 7pm as well as Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm. 

You don’t want to miss this amazing performance!!

Friday May 10th, 2024

Our condolences go out to the Kabak family as they have announced the passing of Robert Kabak (M&A ’48).

Bob's career was accomplished both as an educator and a fine arts painter.

Bob thought of himself as a 'colorist' and said of his work:

"The canyon country especially has been the greatest inspiration for my work: the color and variety of the sculptured landscape, the architectural presence of the geologic formations, the animation of the landscape into metaphors of cities and timelessness, all in new colors and light. I saw the world fresh in the eonic layering of structures, the emergence of forms, and the carving of rivers, all joined in wonder and imagination. The western landscape is beautiful, varied, and astonishing. It was like seeing the ultimate scroll painting-the world revealing itself, reaching a climax of intricate carving and gestures in the southwest desert country of Utah and Arizona."

If you would like to attend, Bob's family is hosting a Zoom Memorial on Monday, May 13 at 7:00pm ET.

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us02web.zoom.us/j/82905897508?pwd=TTFrMDJDU1NyRklFUGxKREVhV21QZz09

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Our condolences go out to the Kabak family as they have announced the passing of Robert Kabak (M&A ’48).

Bobs career was accomplished both as an educator and a fine arts painter.

Bob thought of himself as a colorist and said of his work:

The canyon country especially has been the greatest inspiration for my work: the color and variety of the sculptured landscape, the architectural presence of the geologic formations, the animation of the landscape into metaphors of cities and timelessness, all in new colors and light. I saw the world fresh in the eonic layering of structures, the emergence of forms, and the carving of rivers, all joined in wonder and imagination. The western landscape is beautiful, varied, and astonishing. It was like seeing the ultimate scroll painting-the world revealing itself, reaching a climax of intricate carving and gestures in the southwest desert country of Utah and Arizona.

If you would like to attend, Bobs family is hosting a Zoom Memorial on Monday, May 13 at 7:00pm ET.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82905897508?pwd=TTFrMDJDU1NyRklFUGxKREVhV21QZz09

Meeting ID: 829 0589 7508
Passcode: kabak

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We are praying that a God will comfort and strengthen his family. MJC

I loved Mr. Kabak! I'm class of 1962. I remember on the first day of school, he introduced himself, wrote his name on the board, and said, "If you spell my name backwards, you fail.". He was a great artist, art teacher and human being!

Monday May 6th, 2024

Calling all LaGuardia Vocal Alumni!
#repost @laguardia.arts

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Dear LaGuardia Vocal Alumni,

We would like to cordially invite you to attend the Spring Choral Concert at The Riverside Church on Tuesday, May 21, at 7:00 PM. The final performance of the evening will be dedicated to the late, beloved Robert Rogers who served as the LaGuardia vocal accompanist from 2005 until 2020. We would truly love for alumni to perform with us! The piece is “Prelude to Peace” by Z. Randall Stroope.

Thank you,
Jana Ballard

A PDF and rehearsal tracks will be sent to those who register. You can sign up to register here: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSersM5OzDW_aDJqyAO_RNLjZUM0f5qmqMzKzUw9aF4XItEJ6Q/viewform
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Calling all LaGuardia Vocal Alumni!
#repost @laguardia.arts 

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Dear LaGuardia Vocal Alumni,

We would like to cordially invite you to attend the Spring Choral Concert at The Riverside Church on Tuesday, May 21, at 7:00 PM. The final performance of the evening will be dedicated to the late, beloved Robert Rogers who served as the LaGuardia vocal accompanist from 2005 until 2020. We would truly love for alumni to perform with us! The piece is “Prelude to Peace” by Z. Randall Stroope.

Thank you,
Jana Ballard

A PDF and rehearsal tracks will be sent to those who register. You can sign up to register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSersM5OzDW_aDJqyAO_RNLjZUM0f5qmqMzKzUw9aF4XItEJ6Q/viewform

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I wish that I could join you. I still sing at 90, but this spring has shut me down with allergies.

Friday March 22nd, 2024

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Mark your calendars for 6:30pm on March 27th and come join the LaGuardia Philharmonic Orchestra for their annual Concerto Concert!

Wednesday March 6th, 2024

We want to celebrate more alumni and the amazing work you've been doing!

Comment below any alumni who have been nominated throughout the 2024 awards season.

Ready, and go!
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We want to celebrate more alumni and the amazing work youve been doing! 

Comment below any alumni who have been nominated throughout the 2024 awards season. 

Ready, and go!

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Hoping our alum Ellen Mirojnick, M&A '67 graduate (Ellen Schneid, when we knew her!) wins the Oscar for her costumes in the film "Oppenheimer"... Rooting for her all the way!!!

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Would love a list of alum who have ever been nominated.

Jason Oldak nominated for an ASC award for Cinematography for his work on Lessons in Chemistry. 🙌🏼

Thursday February 29th, 2024

With February coming to an end, we wanted to give a shout-out to a few of the awesome things our Alumni have done this month!

- Photo #1 – Billy Dee Williams (M&A ’55) released his memoir “What Have We Here?” on February 13th

- Photo #2 – Lola Tung (LaG ’20) had her Broadway debut on February 9th as Eurydice in Hadestown

- Photo #3 – Marlene Siff (M&A ’53), starting February 28th, has her work on paper, "Negotiation", being shown in a group exhibition, “Every Picture Tells a Story” at Silvermine Galleries in New Canaan, CT

- Photo #4 – Adrian Wiltshire (LaG ’00) worked as an Associate Choreographer at this year’s Grammy awards

- Photo #5 – Carolyn Raphael (M&A ‘57) released her latest book of poetry “Travelers on My Route”
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With February coming to an end, we wanted to give a shout-out to a few of the awesome things our Alumni have done this month!

- Photo #1 – Billy Dee Williams (M&A ’55) released his memoir “What Have We Here?” on February 13th

- Photo #2 – Lola Tung (LaG ’20) had her Broadway debut on February 9th as Eurydice in Hadestown

- Photo #3 – Marlene Siff (M&A ’53), starting February 28th, has her work on paper, Negotiation, being shown in a group exhibition, “Every Picture Tells a Story” at Silvermine Galleries in New Canaan, CT

- Photo #4 – Adrian Wiltshire (LaG ’00) worked as an Associate Choreographer at this year’s Grammy awards

- Photo #5  – Carolyn Raphael (M&A ‘57) released her latest book of poetry “Travelers on My Route”

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Super great. Encore. Encore. Encore.

Wednesday February 14th, 2024

Save the date for our 2024 reunion! M&A, PA, and LaGuardia alumni for the graduation years ending in "4" and "9" and all classes from 1940-1963, join us at LaGuardia High School on Saturday, June 8, 2024!

The schedule of events and more information will follow at a later date.
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Save the date for our 2024 reunion! M&A, PA, and LaGuardia alumni for the graduation years ending in 4 and 9 and all classes from 1940-1963, join us at LaGuardia High School on Saturday, June 8, 2024!

The schedule of events and more information will follow at a later date.

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Quite frankly I don't understand the cherry picked dates. You wanna create ill will. Congrats.

so what happened to the class of '76?

Thank you for this information Elinora! Now it’s in ink and we know the address so we faraway graduates can get a hotel room. Yay!!!

Why only until 1963?

Eli Mallon Are you being facetious?

I moved to Tennessee over a year ago. Kept hoping there would have been a reunion while I was still on Long Island. I doubt I’ll attend now, unless a list of my class members attending becomes available. 1962.

Why just those years?

So the class of 1964 is not included?

Where is it?

Was there one last year for class of 2013 that I missed? We’ve been connecting on our own, but it would be nice to have an official reunion at the school 🙁

if it ends in 1963 does that mean there is no reunuion for 1974? Gee i am confused...

I am a ‘62 graduate. Waited through the Covid freeze on our reunion while living on LI and would happily attended up through 2022. But in 2023, I moved here ( E Tennessee) and don’t think I’d make the trip alone ( I’ve been a Widower since 2008. Wouldn’t mind hearing from fellow alums here, however. Maybe some of us will be able to chat!

Moved to E Tennessee from NY in December of ‘22 . I would have gladly joined the few members of my class of ‘62 had I not. But, I don’t think I’ll travel ( I’m a Widower since 2008). But, I’d like to chat with any of my classmates who’d be willing to update our lives,

I waited patiently for another ‘62 reunion. But, in December of 2022, I moved to Tennessee from NY. Now I’d be happy to see comments from former classmates that might start chats. For those of them who did not know, Steve Carver, a Hollywood, Producer/Director/ Photographer friend , and baseball teammate, passed away during the COVID worst days. We were FB friends too.

Thx!

Thank you. I will be there. I want to see Chunga, Bill Charlapp, China, Tiffany, Mike Munves, Petros, Etc... you all(1884 grads) called me Curtis. Music major( piano & French horn).

I'm a 1999'er but I'll be coming b/c it'd be a privilege and an honor to walk amongst GREATS 💐❣️🙂!

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Monday January 29th, 2024

Congratulations to everyone involved in putting together this year’s Rising Stars show, it was fantastic!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support! We were lucky to have over 60 alumni join us to watch Sunday’s performance!
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Congratulations to everyone involved in putting together this year’s Rising Stars show, it was fantastic! 

Thank you to everyone who came out to support! We were lucky to have over 60 alumni join us to watch Sunday’s performance!

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I was one of the 60! 😄

The kids did an amazing job - totally student produced!

👍😃

Tuesday January 23rd, 2024

Get your tickets today for the fantastic 2024 Rising Stars show!! Don’t miss out on these incredible performances.

Alumni & Friends will be at the 2pm show on Sunday, January 28th and are calling all alumni to come join us!

Purchase your tickets here - www.tix.com/ticket-sales/tix/4588
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Get your tickets today for the fantastic 2024 Rising Stars show!! Don’t miss out on these incredible performances.

Alumni & Friends will be at the 2pm show on Sunday, January 28th and are calling all alumni to come join us!

Purchase your tickets here - https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/tix/4588

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Such a great show !

Thursday January 18th, 2024

Time is running out! Apply now for Summer Study Scholarships! Applications are due Monday, January 22nd! Don’t miss out! ... See MoreSee Less

Time is running out! Apply now for Summer Study Scholarships! Applications are due Monday, January 22nd! Don’t miss out!
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