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I See a Song by Eric Carle may be out of print, but it will soon be on the stage. The pARTnership of Arts for Learning San Diego, The SDSU Performing Arts Troupe, and The Kroc Center has been a collaboration that has produced excellence since its inception 8 years ago.

Dr. Nan L. Mc Donald, Professor Emeritus SDSU, and founder of the Performing Arts Troupe, is the Project Director. Jerry Hager is the Artistic Director (and A4LSD teaching artist extraordinaire ), and Mark Gonzales is the Music Director for the Performing Arts Troupe. Rehearsal space is provided by the Kroc Center, as well as the ideal performance venue for A4L’s Family Arts and Literacy Nights.

This pARTnership between A4L and the SDSU Performing Arts Troupe continues to endure, as the passion for performance and educating through performance is the foundation for all participants. None are becoming rich or famous from their work in the Troupe (at least not now), but everyone involved in the performances dedicates their Saturdays, winter breaks, and any possible spare time to rehearsals and performances.

The upcoming SDSU Performing Arts Troupe program entitled “The Portrait of My Song” is based on the Eric Carle book I See a Song. The performance, which brings the book to life on the stage, also inspires kids and their families to engage further with books. It is a masterful experience for the performers and the audiences.

The program will be performed for military families, as well as at The Kroc Center, and at libraries and elementary schools. The performers enhance not only their stage skills, but their writing and teaching skills in preparation for the performance. As audience members, students experience a joyful, entertaining, vivid performance and a connector to reading and academic learning.

The A4L, SDSU Performing Arts Troupe, and the Kroc Center have a pARTnership that is strengthening teaching and learning, and engaging our community through the arts. Join us!

Louise Potash


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