By Kevin Shannahan
The twenty-one vocal and theater students in Mrs. Whitney Cummins’ talented students program of the Natchitoches Parish Schools held their holiday recital Monday, December 9 at Natchitoches’ First United Methodist Church. Each student sang a solo piece from a holiday repertory ranging from classical to popular. One student in the talented theater program performed a monologue from the play “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”
The program is part of the parish’s gifted and talented instruction in which students showing exceptional promise in music or theater are given specialized teaching in those areas. The students come from 6 of the parish’s public schools and range in age from 5th grade through 12th. Mrs. Cummins is one of 6 teachers in the parish school system who teach children with exceptional promise in music or theater.. Parents who think that their child may qualify for the parish school’s talented program are invited to contact the special education co-coordinator at the central office who will be glad to show yj theem next step.
The concert was superbly done and a joy to hear. This program teaches more than music. It teaches discipline and the rewards of hard work. That hard work and practice was quite evident as each student confidently took his or her place on the stage and performed their solo piece.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to commend the young men and women who so ably performed during the program. We wish you all the best and are looking forward to great things from you in the future. Well done!