Arts & Entertainment

Summer Arts Workshop Holds Final Arts Evening

Musical Theater students performed At the Hop at the Final Arts Evening. Credits: Cody Dericks
Credits: Cody Dericks

SPARTA, NJ - The 25th annual Sparta Summer Arts Workshop held its final Arts Evening on Wednesday, July 30. For the past five weeks 180 children have spent their mornings at Sparta Middle School developing their artistic talents. The evening allowed family and friends to enjoy a showcase of the children’s fine and performing arts experiences. 

The workshop included classes in vocal and instrumental music, dance and theater performance, photography, computer animation, fine arts and even knitting and crocheting. 

The hallways of the lower level of the school were lined with a vibrant mix of all manner of artwork. There were also small group instrumental performances providing background music for attendees to enjoy, as they explored the museum-like displays. 

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In the cafetorium, each of the musical classes entertained the audience with three pieces they had worked on during the workshop.  The Improv class performed a Saturday Night Live style skit called Taxi Cab and the students in the Broadway Lip Sync class performed two selections.  The evening was capped by a musical theater performance called At the Hop. 

A team of 11 instructors, 12 teaching assistants and six students in training guided the students.  The teachers were:

  • Christian Arnold,
  • Mike Malinowski,
  • Christine Mase,
  • Steve O’Toole,
  • Karen Redina,
  • Bonnie Reed,
  • Victoria Reed,
  • Andrea Santora,
  • Jonathan Scott,
  • Karen Scott and
  • Rosalie Vallario.

The teaching assistants were:

  • Henri Brooks,
  • Kathleen Cannon,
  • Linda Carlson,
  • Ian Clark,
  • Jared Decker,
  • Sean Decker,
  • Cody Dericks,
  • Emily Gaab,
  • Sydney Lizarazo,
  • Chris Sobotor,
  • Jeremy Valshtein,
  • Allison Ward. 

Students in Training were Ryan Ailara, Stephen Andrewlavage, Jack McDonough, Justin Koss, BethAnn Putnam and Ryan Waselik.  Heading up the entire endeavor are the Board of Trustees Mary Decker, Denise Roberts and Sue Skalla.

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