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Arts comes alive at NFMAA

May 17, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

As the school year comes to an end at the North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts, the school has the opportunity to celebrate what the students have done on stage this year.

Arts Alive is a week-long event, featuring performances every night in the theater, art shows in the hallways, and classes showcasing arts integration projects.

This event gives every student at the school an opportunity to be onstage and show their parents all they have learned.

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Mia Fields performs a monologue at the Arts Alive Chorus and Drama show last week at North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts.


"Former principal Dr. Douglas Santini had this vision where every student had the opportunity to be onstage and showcase their hard work. This is a culmination of that," said assistant principal Andrea Gunns. "Every night we feature an art."

Principal Thomas Millins has continued the vision and said the week of shows personifies what the school does.

"We want to make sure everybody has a chance to perform and shine and showcase what we do every day," Millins said, who has been at the school for five Arts Alive events.

The event also featured a huge silent auction in the media center, with more than 200 items up for bids, including trips to Disney and Universal, gift baskets and even replica championship rings. The proceeds go to the schools arts foundation to fund the programs.

Also, a fashion show took place onstage throughout the course of the week, featuring designs the students came up with themselves.

The sixth-annual event kicked off May 5 with the middle school and cadet bands. The beginner dancers and Boys Dance took the stage Monday; strings, featuring the fourth- and fifth-graders and the middle school orchestras were Tuesday; and the drama and music departments performed Wednesday. The older dancers performed Thursday.

Wednesday's event ran the gamut from large ensemble dance numbers and chorus, to montages from the musicals students performed this year, to individual monologues and improv.

Everything culminated on Saturday with the invitation-only Academy Awards banquet catered by Carrabba's, followed by the ceremony hosted by the school's alumni.

Millins said the most rewarding part of the week is that he gets to see how the students have progressed not only through the year, but over the course of many years.

"I love to see the eighth-graders because they'll be leaving us, but I also love to see the up-and-coming talent in the fourth- or fifth-grade play. I know there's going to be so much talent coming through the ranks," Millins said.



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