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July 9, 2009

SPACE Participants Present The King and I

Each year, gifted and talented Charleston County students from across the district spend the first few weeks of summer indoors rehearsing and learning as part of the district's School for the Performing Arts and Creative Experiences (SPACE) Musical program. 

Participants of the SPACE Musical program present The King and I.SPACE is designed to equip students from various disciplines with the tools necessary for success in the arts.  The program lasts for three weeks and includes intensive all-day summer enrichment.  Participants are in the fourth through seventh grades, and SPACE is funded by the South Carolina Education Improvement Act.  Students are nominated by their visual art or music teachers in the fourth grade and remain eligible to participate in the program for the next three years.

This year, SPACE Musical participants presented The King and I, which was directed by Robert Ivey and Nancy Stedman.  The captivating final performances occurred at the College of Charleston's Emmett Robinson Theater on June 29 and June 30.  Students from all over the district auditioned in March for the musical and had only ten days to rehearse.

The SPACE Musical is one of five Artistically Gifted and Talented summer programs offered for Charleston County School District (CCSD) students.  The other programs are SPACE, Summer SAIL, SPACE Orchestra and Summer Art Institute.  Together, these programs serve close to 500 students, and they are operated by the CCSD Fine Arts office.  Next year, SPACE and Summer SAIL will be grouped under the new name of Students Mastering the Academic ARTS (SMAART).

For more information regarding CCSD's Artistically Gifted and Talented summer programs, please contact the Fine Arts Department at (843) 937-6586. 

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