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June 22, 2010

Putting the "ART" in SMAART!: Students Prepare for Two Musical Performances

Each year, artistically gifted and talented Charleston County students from across the district spend the first few weeks of summer indoors rehearsing and lSMAART Musicalearning as part of the district's Students Mastering the Academic Arts (SMAART) Musical program.

The SMAART Musical— formerly known as SPACE— is designed to equip students with interest in various art disciplines with the tools necessary for success. The program lasts for three weeks and includes intensive all-day summer enrichment.  Participants are in the fourth through seventh grades, and SMAART 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.

The SMAART Musical is one of five Artistically Gifted and Talented summer programs offered for Charleston County School District (CCSD) students.  The other programs are SMAART Musical 2010SMAART, Summer SAIL, SMAART Orchestra and Summer Art Institute.  Together, these programs serve close to 500 students, and they are operated by the CCSD Fine Arts office.

This year, the SMAART Musical participants will present The Boy Friend, which is set in the 1920s on the French Riviera and is directed by Robert Ivey and Nancy Stedman.  The captivating final performances will occur at the College of Charleston's Emmett Robinson Theater on June 24 and June 25 at 7 p.m..  Students from all over the district auditioned in March for the musical and had only twelve days of rehearsal. Community members are encouraged to attend one of the two free and dynamic performances.

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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