Cohoes City Schools and the City of Cohoes, in partnership with the Music Hall Arts Alliance, Park Playhouse and Peak Music, announced on Tuesday that a 3-week performing arts education pilot program will be launched in the summer of 2018. The program will run July 9 to 27 and will culminate in a showcase presentation on the stage of the Cohoes Music Hall. The program will be free of charge due to the
generous support in part of Prime Companies, Pioneer Bank and the Cohoes LDC.
“Music and the performing arts make all of us, no matter what age, feel good,” said district superintendent Dr. Jennifer Spring. “For many of our students, these activities represent an escape from the daily stress that many of them experience. It helps to grow their brains and immerses them in teamwork, creativity and problem-solving. It builds self-confidence and is a tremendous motivator to keep kids engaged in school and excited about their futures. I believe some of our students may find their life passion this summer,” she added.
The program’s musical theatre curriculum will be designed by the staff of Park Playhouse, and will cover all areas of musical theatre performance, including instruction in dance, acting and voice. Teaching artists from Park Playhouse and two music teachers from the Cohoes City School District will provide instruction geared to students in fourth through eighth grades.
This three-week long pilot program will serve 100 students. Applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be available beginning April 23.