Last weekend a cast of 34 middle-school students stormed the stage of the Northwest School of the Arts in a colorful production of "Seussical Junior."
With simple yet whimsical sets and props, the actors brought the books of Dr. Seuss to life with song and dance. The cast of sixth- through eighth-grade thespians thoroughly entertained full-house audiences for all performances.
Sarah Buckner directed the musical, with assistance from vocal director Alexandra Tibbits. Amelia Hartsell choreographed the 34-member cast. Barbara Wesselman designed and created the vivid kaleidoscope of costumes.
With 31 musical numbers, the cast rehearsed for months before opening night Nov. 13. They rehearsed four to five days a week, in the early morning before school started.
Northwest School of the Arts is a Charlotte-Mecklenburg magnet school that teaches comprehensive study of an art interest combined with a rigorous academic program.
For more information, call 980-343-5500 or visit pages.cms.k12.nc.us/northwest/.
Citizen's Police Academy
The Huntersville Police Department is accepting applications for the third annual Citizen's Police Academy.
The 10-week program will meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 25-March 31 at the department on Gilead Road.
According to the department, the program is designed to nurture public trust by informing citizens of the crucial role the police department serves in the community. The academy gives citizens a basic and realistic view of what police actually do through interactive programs involving participants in "hands on" activities.
The program is free. To enroll, complete an application at www.huntersvillepd.org. Deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 8.
Details: Sgt. Tom Seifert, 704-766-2281.