Stark County Catholic High Schools has announced a new partnership which will enhance the performing arts programs at both Central Catholic and St. Thomas Aquinas high schools. The two high schools have recently hired Carrie Spina and Taylor Scott to lead a full, joint musical production in March of 2019.
Spina, the director of the Canton Palace Theatre and ArtsinStark’s Start to Strike program, has directed many musical performances around Stark County and is the founder of New Direction Performing Arts Academy, an outreach program that brings musical theater to schools who want a professional theater experience.
Scott is a teaching artist who works with schools throughout Stark County to bring theater to life, including working as a co-director of outstanding theater performances at St. Paul Catholic School in North Canton, and is the owner of Snow Sisters Entertainment.
The decision to hire Spina and Scott was the result of the success both schools have experienced this year as participants in the Stark to Strike program. Stark to Strike, a program sponsored by the Canton Palace Theatre and ArtsinStark, gave Central Catholic and St. Thomas Aquinas students the opportunity to produce their own drama performance. Students wrote an original script and musical number, created their costumes and set, determined the sound and lighting elements at the Palace Theatre, and led all the marketing efforts for the show.
The two schools have taken over the Palace Theatre for “The Villain’s Last Page,” a show that attempts to redeem Scar (“The Lion King”), the Queen of Hearts (“Alice in Wonderland”), Hades (“Hercules”) and the Big Bad Wolf, and presented the production Friday and will again today at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.
“The Villain’s Last Page” marks the first time Central Catholic and St. Thomas Aquinas have combined their talents for a joint drama performance. Participants of the show have been amazed at how positive the experience has been for both schools,which prompted administrators to hire theater professionals to direct musicals each spring.
According to Dan Gravo, president of Stark County Catholic High Schools, each school will continue to offer its own unique plays and will still have their own unique drama clubs. These joint musicals will be an addition to what each school already offers.
Stark County Catholic High Schools is collaboration between Central Catholic High School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School. While both schools maintain their unique identities and traditions, they now share one president, one governing board, and an administrative team that comprises marketing, enrollment and development.
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