Summer at the Center
Celebrating its 22nd year, Summer at the Center has been designed to empower at-risk high school students through active participation in a rigorous two-week program of musical theatre classes conducted by professional artists. This unique, nationally recognized program was founded in conjunction with the late Dr. Maurice Allard, who believed in the power of the performing arts as a critical element to developing self-esteem and building confidence. This extraordinary program continues using the same basic model, achieving its original goals which make a profound and memorable impact on the lives of hundreds of youth in our community.
One of the strongest outcomes of the program continues to be the strong influence the program has had on participants' lives as well as the fact that the participants have become new peer role models for other students. A school official has observed that a student's experience at Summer at the Center has provided the motivation to succeed in other subject areas and to graduate from high school.
Summer at the Center has been presented by Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Education Department as an ongoing collaboration between the Orange County Department of Education and its Alternative, Community and Correctional Education Schools and Services (ACCESS) division for the past 18 years. As part of this five-unit high school fine arts course, students receive instruction and coaching in vocal training, dance, improvisation, audition techniques and stagecraft, with a special emphasis on how these presentation skills translate into success in life outside of the theatre. Rehearsals and activities are held daily in the Dodge Education Center in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The program culminates in an amazing performance in Samueli Theater that reflects the thrill of live performance and the students' accomplishments as performers/artists.
|Summer at the Center 2012 |
|Primary Underwriters |
David and Diane Steffy
|Summer at the Center is made possible in part by the generous support of |
|Bev and Bob Sandelman |
The Edwards Lifesciences Fund of the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.