Reina P. Cunningham
Students from Middlesboro Independent Schools will present a fine arts program tonight.
“American Narrative is this year’s theme. The program will feature the works of American composers and writers as well as highlighting student artwork with the same focus.
The public is invited to attend the free event.
There will be two daytime performances held during school hours to ensure that all students can participate. Parents and members of the community are invited to attend the daytime performances in addition to the evening program.
The programs will take place in the Middlesboro Central Auditorium and features an art show followed by various musical performances.
The art show will open in the lobby at 6 p.m.
Refreshments will be served for those in attendance.
Representatives from the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia-KY will be distributing free books to children and adults.
Numerous pieces of artwork will be set up for public judging. Art students will also have their portfolios set out for public commentary.
While the art show is taking place, parents can bring their children to the art room to make “prints.” The prints are carvings the students have made of popular actors and images. The students will teach the parents and children how to color the prints and transfer it to paper.
The art exhibit will be followed by a program of choir, band and poetry readings at 7 p.m.
While Elizabeth Edward’s Middlesboro High School choir class prepared in the classroom on Tuesday, members of the East End Recorder Cub led by Middlesboro Primary School’s music teacher Rhonda Eleam practiced on-stage down the hall in the auditorium.
The choir is scheduled to perform six songs throughout the program.
In addition, members of the choir will be performing solos.
Sophomore Hilarie Spangler has been a member of choir for the past two years. She will be singing a solo in the program.
Spangler is one of the many students who spoke at last week’s board meeting concerning possible budget cuts to arts and humanity classes throughout the district.
Spangler said choir is especially important to her because she plans to make a career out of her passion.
“This is what I want to do. I want to be a music teacher,” said Spangler.
Spangler is grateful to the support she has received from Edwards.
“She is so great ,” said Spangler. “She is really dedicated.”
Another student who addressed the board last week concerning the impending cuts is actively involved in tonight’s event. Joel Parker is participating in various ways.
In addition to accompanying the choir with guitar on one song, Parker is helping put together a slide show detailing the entire program.
Parker’s various involvement gave him an inside look as what to expect, and he expects great things.
“I have heard everything, seen everything,” said Parker. “It’s going to be great.”
Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-248-1010, ext. 205, firstname.lastname@example.org.