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Fifth-graders at Community School of Davidson composed every note, scripted every word and lyric, and created every prop and backdrop to “Henry’s Freedom Box,” an opera based on the book by Ellen Levine. Amari Murrell of Cornelius appears in one of the period costumes.

James Shaul of Bailey Middle School in Cornelius won three individual awards when the school’s jazz band attended the Northwestern High School Jazz Discovery Festival in Rock Hill.

The big green comedy machine rolls happily on.

The Greatest Show in Waxhaw will have you wanting to join the circus

Three students from Coddle Creek Elementary in Mooresville won at their grade levels in the Iredell-Statesville Superintendent’s Art Show. Coddle Creek’s Mahil Manoharan won at the first-grade level for “Snowman Perspective.” Eben Fish, a third-grader, won for “O’Keeffe Rose”; his brother, fifth-grader Jonas Fish, won for “Art Clock.”

I have always been suspicious of movies turned into musicals. However, as members of the cast welcomed me into the Lake Norman High School auditorium, I was taken right into the land of Duloc for “Shrek: The Musical.”

First-rate sets and a strong Annie Oakley dominate the production

Show-within-a-show takes us back to the boozy 20s but keeps a foot in the present

‘Audrey II’ steals the show again, despite technical problems

Jay M. Robinson Middle took top honors in the Charlotte Regional of the William Peace University N.C. Show Choir Competition, at A.L. Brown High on March 7.

Students in Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Team Broadway program won 33 awards and posted the highest overall score at the Musical Theatre Competitions of America in Anaheim, Calif.

Rocking performance does justice to a musical with a social conscience.

The hills come alive again with harmony that’s still appealing.

Top-notch production dazzles in every possible way.

This puppet show still isn’t ‘Sesame Street’

North Mecklenburg High senior Alex Pope advanced to the quarterfinal round in the prose and poetry component of The Barkley Forum.

Mystery remains captivating from curtain up to curtain down

“Peanuts” characters still warm the heart

Biblical parables take on new life in a blithe production.

Thirteen scholarship winners will perform at the Community School of the Arts’ 2013/2014 Merit Scholarship Winners’ Recital at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25. The recital, free and open to the public, will be in the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.

Claire Graham, an eighth-grader at Mooresville Middle School, was named the Mooresville Graded School District’s Artist of the Month for this portrait.

Kendall Carter, a junior at Gaston Day School, will have a graphite drawing in the N.C. General Assembly Youth Art Exhibit.

Vance High senior Bre’Anna Washington designed an electronic save-the-date card to help plan Mecklenburg County and MGR Youth Empowerment’s “Recycle the Runway: Eco Fashion Show through the Decades.”

Gaston Day School senior Porter Yelton wrote two one-act plays in Spanish for his senior project as a way to encourage appreciation for the language and culture. Both plays – “La Cajita Azul” (“The Little Blue Box,” a drama) and “Estudiantes Atrapados” (“Trapped Students,” a comedy) – were performed at the school on Jan. 18.

Artwork by four Gaston Day School students is appearing in the N.C. National Art Honor Society Traveling Student Art Show through late April.

Simone Johnson was chosen as one of the anchors on Carolina Kid News. Her first segment aired on Jan. 11, a week after her first day in the studio.

Watching Ellie Frith’s serene, poised grace onstage, it’s hard to imagine the anxiety and crazy scrambling of about a year and a half ago.

A painting class at Lake Norman High is creating art as part of a master study project, focusing on the works of professor Margaret Morrison at the University of Georgia.

John Park, right, a sophomore at Myers Park High, won an Emmy for Technical Achievement at the Suncoast Emmys in Hollywood, Fla.

Three students from Rowan-Salisbury Schools were first-place winners in the North Carolina National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest, “At My Stop – You Stop!”

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