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Franklin High says goodbye to its temporary Marshall Campus with performances of various sorts

DAVID F. ASHTON - Mixing musicianship with technology, cellist Jesse Fuller performed his composition, Pulse, accompanied by Eli Hilton on the piano. As the school year ended, Franklin High School (FHS) students continued to showcase their talent – in a weekend-long program called "Arts Alive", an event originally created by then-dance instructor Julana R. Torres.

"My predecessor created and produced this interdisciplinary showcase the talent of our student body – including music, dance, theater, poetry, and the fine and visual arts. It's a program that we're continuing," said FHS Dance Instructor Sonja Warfel.

Shows on each of the three days were different; for the Sunday matinee, there were 22 acts on the bill. "We have eight major dances, two poetry slam winners, two original theatrical student-written one-act plays – in addition to a rock 'n roll band, a jazz band, and several vocalists," Warfel told THE BEE outside Franklin's Marshall Campus Theater.

"There are more than 200 students involved in this year's 'Arts Alive' program," she remarked. "The parent- and student-run production is not only a good way for the school to connect with parents, but also with the community at large.

"And, just being part of this showcase is a 'capstone project' for our students; essentially, it's a final exam, showing what the students have learned over the course of the entire year, in terms of technical skills as well as performance abilities."

At that point, the lights dimmed in the theater, and the audience was treated to a unique, professional-quality variety show, in which the students were the stars.


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