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Theater teacher Ashely Weller and directors Sage Ecke and JP Ricken introduce the annual student-produced play. Theater teacher Ashely Weller and directors Sage Ecke and JP Ricken introduce the annual student-produced play.
Willow Reichard Flynn plays the Giving Tree, crowning Willow Reichard Flynn plays the Giving Tree, crowning "The Boy," Sonya Hennet. Aria Sivick and Gillian Bodnar are branches.
Kids from the Broad Street YMCA were invited to come across the street and watch the play. Kids from the Broad Street YMCA were invited to come across the street and watch the play.
YMCA daycare children chuckle at the original production by Charter Arts seniors. YMCA daycare children chuckle at the original production by Charter Arts seniors.

Lessons for the kids

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI njastrzemski@tnonline.com in Local News

A poignant play for the WMCA

The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts' annual senior theater project is usually a blend of showmanship and professionalism as students both perform and learn how to run a theater troupe. This year's weeklong program's audience necessitated special consideration both in expectation and educational value as youngsters from numerous local elementary schools came to watch performances in the school's Black Box Theater.

The project involved producing, writing, directing and designing and building sets for the show, said teacher Ashley Weller. The seniors chose Shel Silverstein's childrens' books "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and "The Giving Tree" as the basis for their work, and developed a show that focused on easy-to-understand life lessons about altruism and responsibility.

Kids from Bushkill and Nazareth elementary schools – and a group who walked across the street from the YMCA daycare – attended the Nov. 14 performance. Though they were unfortunately forced to evacuate the building for a fire alarm a half-hour into the show, they were quickly reseated once the fire department gave the "all-clear."

Though that was probably not what Weller meant when she said the performance would give the kids a taste of live theater, it did help underscore the old adage, "The show must go on."