Challenge Charter Schools welcomed our 3rd through 8th Grade families to be a part of our Premiere Performing Arts Show on Wednesday, December 13th. Parents, teachers, staff and community officials attended the show held at Far Rockaway High School. The evening featured music from our 3rd through 8th graders as well as 7th and 8th Graders in the musical Finding Frosty by Shereen Brown.
To kickoff the evening, CEO/Founder Rev. Dr. Les Mullings brought greetings to the crowd, and Ms. Nadine Sutherland, Performing Arts Director, shared about the progress of the scholars in the Performing Arts Department and the coming expansion of the program to the elementary grades in 2018. 6-8 Assistant Principal, Mrs. Tania Sutherland served as M.C. for the show.
Finding Frosty featured well-known characters such as Frosty the Snowman, Rudolf the Rednose Reindeer, Scrooge and the Grinch in a brand new story with music and dance. The audience loved the original script and the standout performances from the cast, singers and dancers. Ms. Brown commented on the night saying, "Challenge Charter Schools are nurturing the future stars and important leaders of tomorrow. I am humbled to be a part of that process."
Musical selections such as "Pure Imagination" and "Let it Be" were performed by the 3rd through 5th Graders while the evening finale featured a combined Chorus singing a lively version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." The choirs were directed by Music Banks (6-8) and Music Johnson (3-5).
Ms. Nadine Sutherland celebrated the performance saying, “Our scholars were real Pros tonight, and I am so proud. They were committed and dedicated during the preparation process, and what the audience experienced was a result of a lot of hard work and discipline.”
Following the finale and standing ovation for the performers, Dr. Mullings expressed gratitude for all the hard work that the event represented and recognized special guests in attendance. Having been invited to share a few words, NYC Councilman Donovan Richards made a surprise announcement that half a million dollars will be granted to Challenge Preparatory Charter School.
"We greatly appreciate the commitment of financial support from NYC Councilman Richards. In the history of our school, this one of the most memorable events to date, and I commend our scholars for their excellent performances. What everyone experienced tonight is part of the realization of my vision for our Performing Arts Department and is just a taste of what is to come."
In February of 2018, a partnership with the Alvin Ailey Arts in Education program is set to begin. Details of the agreement are being finalized now.