Original production “Monkey Business” developed by students
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These students aren’t just monkeying around. They are gearing up for their production of “Monkey Business” on May 2.
These students aren’t just monkeying around. They are gearing up for their production of “Monkey Business” on May 2.
TOWNSHEND- Since being accepted into the program in February 2013, 16 high school students from Leland & Gray have been gearing up to depart for a monthlong study/performance tour of China as part of Journey East: Leland & Gray’s Sino-American Academy and Arts Exchange. Beginning this past January, the students, ranging in age from 14 to 18, have been enrolled in China-related courses at Leland & Gray where they have studied Chinese history, geography, philosophy, literature, language and film, in preparation for their adventure in the Far East.

A central focus of the Journey East program is an original production developed by the students with musical and artistic direction from longtime Leland & Gray music teacher Ron Kelley and Jennifer Connor, both of whom have extensive experience developing programs that bridge cultural barriers. Utilizing the diverse talents of the students, this fun-filled program of dance, comedy, and instrumental and vocal music will be presented to thousands of Chinese students in primary and middle schools and universities in Guizhou Province, Chongqing, Shandong Province in eastern China, and in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia.

During their stay in Hohhot, the students will take up residence at the Arts College of Inner Mongolia University where they will collaborate with Chinese/Mongolian teachers and students, each sharing their knowledge of songs, dances, and instruments from their culture with one another.

The culmination of the program in China will be a final, joint performance of vocal and instrumental music and dance for an audience of over 1,500 in the concert hall of the university.

Upon returning from China in late April, the students will engage in an in-depth study of an aspect of China that they have found to be particularly interesting and each student creates a multimedia presentation on his/her chosen topic.

Additionally, the show that the students have created, aptly named “Monkey Business,” will be presented to the Leland & Gray community and the public at 7:30 on Friday, May 2, in the Dutton Gymnasium at the high school.

For more information on the Journey East program here and in China visit journeyeast.csrworld.com and http://www.lelandandgray.org.
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