As part of its fall 2017 eastern regional tour lineup, The Young Americans will hold its “Turn Up The Music” Signature Workshop at Newark High School, 625 Peirson Ave., on Oct. 12-14.
This marks the seventh time during the last 21 years that the national and international touring group has held a performance workshop at NHS for hundreds of students in grades 3-12 from Newark and other Wayne County schools.
Founded in 1962, The Young Americans is dedicated to the promotion of understanding and goodwill among people throughout the world through music, dance, performance, academic education and cultural interaction among student members and their audiences.
Student members are accepted into the organization based on their talent and interest in helping other students throughout America and the world attain self-confidence, self-esteem and respect for others through music, dance and performance.
Several NHS and other Wayne County high school graduates have become members of The Young Americans as a result of the workshops held in Newark.
NHS vocal music teacher Kate Flock, who is facilitating the event, said students who wish to participate must register on The Young Americans website at youngamericans.org. The $59 fee, which must be paid with a credit card, includes the cost of the workshops and a T-shirt.
Once The Young Americans roll into Newark for their three-day “Turn Up The Music” performance in October, the cast will immediately start its schedule of assisting young people from Newark Central School District and others from the region in rigorous workshops focusing on voice, dance and all aspects of performing. Students will be separated into elementary, middle or high school groups as they learn age-appropriate material.
The three-day event will end at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 with a two-hour concert and show in the auditorium at NHS.
The first hour will feature The Young Americans performers. The second will feature all of the NCSD and Wayne County students performing their hearts out with the tour group.
Flock said it takes an extraordinary amount of work on the part of students, staff, parents and community members to successfully host the music outreach tour performance workshops.
As in previous years, parents and community members will open their hearts and homes to the performers to provide lodging, breakfast and pack lunches. Others will help provide meals at the school for the cast members.
After each workshop, seemingly everyone involved agrees it is worth all the effort. Not only have parents in previous years raved about what a positive impact the experience had on their children and what they learned, but said it also really helped some to overcome shyness and come out of their shells.
“This is a really a wonderful opportunity for students,” Flock said. “It’s great for students of all ages and abilities.”