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Bugz invade Keppel school

Production continues campus tradition in visual performing arts.

April 06, 2012
  • Chloe Chan, 6, performs onstage during their Bugz! performance, which took place at Hoover High School's auditorium in Glendale. About 320 students from the Mark Keppel Visual and Performing Arts Magnet school participated in the performance.
Chloe Chan, 6, performs onstage during their Bugz! performance,… (Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

Federal grant money first awarded to Mark Keppel Elementary School in 2010 came to life Friday in the form of “Bugz,” a musical theater performance staged by kindergarten and first-grade students.

The show saw the budding actors sporting insect costumes and acting out scenes from international folk tales about bugs.

Keppel has maintained a strong tradition in the visual performing arts. It was bolstered two years ago when it received a share of a three-year, $7.5-million federal grant awarded to Glendale Unified, and was designated a visual and performing arts magnet.

The kindergarten and first-grade classes spent several weeks preparing for the performance, which featured a garden’s-worth of insects including lady bugs, ants, fireflies, bumblebees and a stink bug.

The show was directed by choral director and teacher specialist Jennifer Epstein.

-- Megan O’Neil, Times Community News

Twitter: @meganknoneil

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