An Ensemble of Charter Schools

By Patricia Azevedo

On Thursday, March 5th, from 4:30-7:30, the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center was alive with the sound of music and merriment. There was a collection of charter schools from all over northern Arizona to show off their students at the Yavapai County Charter School Association Education Festival. The schools also had different presentations, such as artwork and other creations from their students and faculty.

The first act of the night was the Mingus Springs Charter School who had a small bell choir perform. The second was Skyview Charter who sang True Colors and had two choreographed dances, one of which was based on symmetry. The third was the American Heritage Academy who had a group of students that sang a musical selection. Fourth, Basis had a choir perform.

The Franklin Phonetic Primary School had a show choir that sang a piece and danced their way through the next. Then, Park View Middle School had their choir perform a few pieces. After they finished, PACE Academy had a group of students sing.

Finally, it was Tri-City’s turn. Our choir performed a medley of songs from the famous musical Les Miserables. This included “At The End Of The Day,” followed by “I Dreamed a Dream” with soloist Grace Padilla. After that was “Castle On A Cloud” with soloist Patricia Azevedo followed by “Do You Hear The People Sing?” with soloists Jonas Yarbro, Josh Eddolls, and Ammon Worded. After this was “On My Own” with soloist Rebecca Francis, then “Bring Him Home” with soloists Hyram Yarbro and Dayna Bergman. “Finale” acted as the conclusion to the performance.

After Tri-City went, the Mountain Oak Charter School did some African drumming. Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy had its turn after this, bringing out a pair of students. One sang while the other played guitar, and then they had a band that was made up of and started by a small group of students.

I think it’s fair to say that all in all the performance went over over extraordinarily well. Our choir performed well enough that we had a donor offer to pay for our field trip to see a musical performance of “Willy Wonka.” Each and every performance was great in its own way and swept the audience off its feet. It was all in all a grand experience.

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