Parents, community, and a charter school alum-turned-state lawmaker attend school’s performance
For two nights recently, the school gymnasium at the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communications (ISAAC) turned into a theatre complete with ticket table, concession stand, and a live musical production. The school hosted their end of year 8th grade play, a rendition of Charles M. Schultz’s Peanuts: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Broadway Musical.
Long before the night began, parents and students began working together to reach out to local businesses and share posters about the production. That collaborative effort continued on show night, with parents manning a ticket table by the door and slowly easing their way through a long line of parents and supporters from the community. And students, led by Reading Intervention Teacher and Etiquette Club advisor Ms. Anita Williams, acted as ushers, leading audience members to their seats. The anticipation in the room was palpable.
ISAAC parent Dana Parfitt said, “The kids are so excited! They’ve been working so hard this past year to prepare for this production.”
On night one, over 75 people showed up to watch the play, which included a cast and crew of about 30 students. New London Mayor Michael Passero and Groton State Representative Aundre Bumgardner, an ISAAC alum, even made it to the second night’s production.
The students put on an amazing performance. I couldn’t help but feel like I was watching a live professional musical. The quality of acting, singing, and production was well beyond what I expected. (I should’ve known students who attend a charter school specifically focused on Arts and Communication would be impressive!) The Executive Producer of the musical, Keith Vitali, also deserves tons of praise for his leadership. Mr. Vitali has over 18 years as an Off-Broadway actor and he masterfully uses his talents to inspire young people to cultivate their passion for the arts.
I would go see You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown again and again if ISAAC decided to add a few extra nights to their performance schedule (hint hint). I’m so excited to see what the future holds for these talented youngsters and what the ISAAC has in store for their next play or musical!