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Issue # 19 April - May 2011 

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"The Optimistic Orphan" Spring Musical at

Cypress Hills LDC/I.S. 171


Optimistic Orphan 3On April 8th & 9th, Arts to Grow's musical theater class at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation/ I.S. 171 in Brooklyn performed The Optimistic Orphan for friends & family.

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The original script was loosely inspired by the story of Little Orphan Annie, addressing the importance of keeping a positive outlook in the face of adversity. Teaching artist Patricia Runcie cast her students well, showcasing the amazing talents of this group of middle schoolers with several fun musical numbers & an exciting story line.   

Optimistic Orphan 2The show was the culmination of the year-long theater program. The students, grades 5-8, learned to work together as an ensemble to put on the final show. The cast performed the show 3 times, with a matinee show for fellow I.S. 171 students, an afternoon show for fellow Cypress Hills LDC after-school programs, & an evening performance for family & friends.  

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The great success of The Optimistic Orphan attests to the achievements of Arts to Grow's program. Patricia's class sparks the student's interest in learning & energizes them in all areas of their education, in addition to

teaching the fundamentals of acting & preparing students for the professional world of the theater. We are proud to announce that 3 of Patricia's 8th graders were accepted into competitive New York City performing arts high schools next fall!


photo credits Dina Doyle 


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Mallory King
Founder/ Executive Director 
Arts to Grow