Musicals and Motivation

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More fun times at La Europa and in the community! Here’s what we’ve done with our recent days off of school:

Friday, February 28th

Our students always enjoy giving service at the Humane Society and request that we go as often as possible. We started off the day there socializing with the animals and getting lots of love from them.

In the evening, we got the wonderful opportunity to see the national touring company of Bring It On, The Musical at the Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City. With Tony nominations for Best Musical and Best Choreography, the show was full of great music, incredible gymnastic displays, and a plot our students enjoyed. Here’s a sample of one song from the musical, performed at the 2013 Tony Awards:


Thursday, March 13th

We had an amazing visit in the morning from a friend of Trilby, Robbi, Aaron, and Sheila. Jill Nugent is a licensed substance abuse counselor and board certified interventionist, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Jill shared her powerful story of overcoming abuse, addiction, toxic relationships, and other chaotic life circumstances. She was very honest with the kids about her journey, and it was inspiring to hear about the complete shift in her life as she decided to work the steps of recovery.

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Friday, March 14th

On Friday, we experienced a backstage tour of the highest-attended community theater in the country, the Hale Center Theater in West Valley City. Besides showing the kids around, our tour guide, Melanie, taught them experientially about the most important thing an actor can have (control), audience etiquette, theater games, props, and more. Our students had question after question and had a great time as they learned.

That afternoon, we returned to the Hale to watch a moving performance of Les Misérables. Even though the Hale is a smaller theater in the round, the cast and crew were able to portray this musical in a way that honored it’s sweeping scope. We had a wonderful time!