Artistic, Dramatic and Musical Excellence at East Natchitoches School of Fine Arts

By Kevin Shannahan

Kevin’s Gallery

A group of 31 talented young men and women from East Natchitoches, Natchitoches Magnet, NSU Elementary Lab, Weaver and Natchitoches Junior High displayed an impressive range of musical, dramatic and artistic abilities in the East Natchitoches School of Fine Arts Spring Talent Celebration Tuesday, May 7. The event was held in the school’s gym before a capacity crowd of family and supporters from the community. Natchitoches Parish School Board Members Steve Harris, Emile Metoyer and Reba Phelps came to show their support and enjoy the show. The students sang, danced, played instruments, painted and performed dramatic pieces.

The performers were from The East Natchitoches Academy of Fine Arts, a truly remarkable collaborative effort between the school, NSU and the larger community in which any student in Natchitoches parish may receive expert instruction in the different areas of music, art and drama at an extremely modest price. The instructors come from the community and the NSU School of Creative and Performing Arts. Each of them is superbly accomplished in his or her area of instruction. There are talented children in every school in our community. Finding, nurturing and developing their abilities and talents is a moral obligation on all of us. The talent show was an absolute joy to watch. Well done ladies and gentlemen!