In June KLRU was proud to bring you a live performance of the McCallum Fine Arts Academy’s interpretation of Evita. Shortly after appearing on KLRU airwaves the company took the show to Costa Rica.
After what sounds like a whirlwind trip the group is back! M. Scott Tatum, Head of Theatre at McCallum High School, sums up their expedition:
I rarely brag on my own program…but the work these students and parents did to get this $120,000 trip together with 43 students, 5 McCallum adults, 5 performances at the National Auditorium, workshops through the US Embassy, homestays where the students and adults learned Spanish from native speakers, travels across the country visiting beaches and volcanos, zip-lining through the rainforest, and shared the excited and power of our theatrical art of storytelling…..it’s simply amazing. There are few programs in the State of Texas that can and will do these type of large scope, grand ambition type events. I hope you take a chance to thank these students and parents who brought and continue to bring state, national and international attention to McCallum High School and Fine Arts Academy, Austin ISD, and the City of Austin. I’m very lucky to have been able to be a part of it.
More coverage of their trip:
The US Embassy posted a blurb about one of the workshops they hosted
News 7 covered the story using clips from the Austin performances, as well explaining their work with Tierra Nuestra, a Costa Rican clean beaches effort
La Nacion (comparable to the NYTimes) ran an article with picture
More information about the McCallum Fine Arts Academy