BELLE GLADE — On Friday, March 9, Glade View Elementary School’s Visual, Performing and Communication Arts School proudly presented Disney’s “The Aristocats Kids.” Students in third through fifth grades sang, danced and acted out the school’s debut musical. The performance marked the conclusion of a 17-week musical theater residency Glade View was selected to participate in with The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and Disney Musicals in Schools.
Glade View was one of only four Title I elementary schools in the school district to be chosen for this three-year partnership. The program is an outreach initiative developed by Disney Theatrical Productions to create sustainable theater programs in under-resourced elementary schools.
Since November, students have been rehearsing their lines, songs and choreography in preparation for the school’s big performance. Students were guided by Kravis Center teaching artists Katie Fredrickson and Mary Stucchi, as well as their Glade View fine arts team: Mr. Breland, Mr. Geffrard, Ms. Kelly, Mrs. Stewart-Bailey and Mr. White.
The cast presented a full-scale production with professional costumes and set designs that wowed students, teachers, staff, parents, family members and friends. The work of the entire “The Aristocats Kids” team helped to create a foundation for continued performing and visual art opportunities for students at Glade View Elementary and the community.
Special guests for the performance included the mayor of Belle Glade, Steve Wilson, Palm Beach County School District Glades Regional Superintendent Carlene Millen, Director of Federal and State Programs Dr. Anthony Lockhart, Mary Evans and Eddie Rhodes of the Tri-City Education Committee, Tracy Butler and Keena Gumbiner of the Kravis Center Education Department, business partners Enoch Thomas, Christina Morales and Meredith Trim from the Ventus Charitable Foundaiton. The foundation also provided financial support toward the production costs of the event.