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Newport Performing Arts Students Prepare for Upcoming Show by Visiting the Aronoff

In preparation for their upcoming production of “Annie”, the Newport High School (NHS) Performing Arts program recently took the 35 students who are in the cast and crew to the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati to see “White Christmas”.

For the past four years, the NHS Performing Arts program has taken the group participating in their upcoming play to a show at the Aronoff Center to experience live musical theater.

Susan Whitehead has volunteered with the NHS drama program for the past four years.

“I have attended all of the Aronoff productions with the students,” said Susan Whitehead, volunteer with NHS. “Over these years, I have seen a solid core of actors, singers, set designers, builders, painters and techies develop. I have witnessed a transformation in the interest and enjoyment by the students.

“I was concerned as to whether the production of 'White Christmas' would hold the interest of the students and I could not have been more surprised! All the students sat forward in their seats taking it all in and discussed the storyline during intermission. One student even asked me how she could purchase tickets on her own to see more of the Aronoff season. I believe bringing the performing arts to the school system is having a profound effect on many of the students.”

The Newport Independent School District will present their production of Annie on Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11 at Newport Primary School. Admission is free and donations are appreciated. For tickets and information, call 859-292-3001.

- Staff report/Photo (L to R): Mercedes McCullah (High School Student), Adrien Hacker (High School Student) , Destiny Russell (High School Student), Susan Whitehead (Volunteer)