a publication of the Allegro Community School of the Arts
inside this issue Now Open Good News Allegro Annex Inklings Jr Warrenton Inklings Society Student Profile and much more!
From the executive director While it’s hard to believe that we appear to be in the same place that we were in March, I can assure you that at Allegro we have spent the past several months working diligently to provide options for our families that abide by all CDC and WHO guidelines regarding social distancing, sanitizing and mask-wearing. We are excited to roll-out the Allegro Learning Annex that will give families a childcare option that caters to both your child’s learning needs and those rightbrained creative interests. We have several pricing options to fit budgets. In this issue, a member of our writer’s group, Inklings, poses some thoughts on the concept of Love and Leadership and how they relate in a chaotic society. Concepts that are timely considering the world we are living in. We also feature profiles of dance instructor Ashley McCullough, and student Meg Krause. We hope that you enjoy this issue of Arts2Life and that you continue to let the music move you and the lights shine on you! It won’t be long until our students and volunteers are under the spotlight for our next theatrical production. Until then, let the music play on and use this time to find your creative outlet! If you have, we want to know about it! Send an email to email@example.com to be featured in the Sept/Oct issue of the magazine.
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Sam Yoder, Director* Gina Clatterbuck, President Jennifer Puffenbarger, Past President Lachelle Yoder, Program Director* Aimee O’Grady, Communications Officer Bob Swift Gerry Hull Karen Lovitt Larry Finkel Melissa Pieja Nick Spyros Royce Kelly Scott Gookin Tabatha Mitchell
Arts2Life Editorial Board Audra Bayes Lynn Brooke Colleen Mayes Aimée O’Grady
Rick Davis, GMU Dean of Visual & Performing Arts & Executive Director, Hylton Center Guy Hinkler, Fundraising Bill Reeder, former GMU Dean of Arts Heather Stintson, Former Warrenton Dir. Economic Development The Honorable Jill Vogel, State Senator
Voices from the Warrenton Inklings Society A Heart and Soul
by Kim Bridges Understanding the Principle of Love in the Leadership in a Chaotic Society by Nan Osei-Bonsu
The Back to School Dilemma by Melissa Pieja
PRofile of a Dancer By Aimée O’Grady
STUDENT PRofile By Aimée O’Grady
BoOK REVIEW BY LARRY HOFFER
The Lightening Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #!
Words from the
Fictional story adapted from a news piece abouta heart donor.
A Heart and Soul by Kim Bridges
Clive Douglas was a quiet man. On any given day, you could see him sitting on the front porch of his white A-frame house staring off into the distance. It wasn’t until the day he limped into the sheriff ’s office and crumpled to the floor that the family across the street came to know the strength of his character - and by then it was too late. Richard Flossman, the principal of Morgantown Elementary, had fallen ill two years earlier and was on the waiting list for a heart transplant at Georgia State Hospital. As time went on, and no suitable donor heart had become available, Mr. Flossman had no choice but to resign from his position at the school. Having served as principal for over twenty years, he’d almost forgotten why he’d been drawn to the career in the first place. After all, he’d always dreamed of going to law school, getting his doctorate, and making a difference in the world - not to mention a whole lot of money. Yet, in his quiet little town those kinds of dreams were called “delusions of grandeur” and young people with big aspirations were quickly siphoned into one of the state colleges where more practical career choices awaited them. Thus, Richard had graduated with a degree in education, applied for a position in the school system, and climbed his way to the top. Principal Flossman had a lovely wife and two sensible daughters to welcome him home to what they hoped was a temporary hiatus from work. It was expected that any day he would receive word that a matching heart had been found and he’d be whisked off to surgery, then to recover, and be back at his old job again the next season. But, as time went on, Richard grew sullen. His daughters sat at his feet in their living room, talking, reading, braiding each other’s hair, whatever they could do to be near him. It was as though the whole family sensed the end approaching and, though they never spoke of it, had rallied around him for his final stand. Patricia, who was eighteen and the younger of the two sisters, played piano. Every morning after breakfast and each evening just before supper, she’d sit at the window of their living room where the piano stood and play for her father. Mr. Flossman would close his eyes and let the music carry him to a place where heart transplants were the farthest thing from his mind. It so happened that the neighbor across the street, Clive, was taking some fresh air one morning and saw the golden-haired girl playing piano through the tall window of the Victorian house where the Flossman family Allegro Community School for the Arts | Page 5
Inklings Society lived. Clive had had a wife and daughter himself once, but they had been prematurely taken from him. This girl in the window might have been the same age as his own little Abigail, had she lived past two weeks old. Mesmerized by the faint music floating his direction, interrupted only by the occasional passing vehicle, Clive sat listening with his eyes closed. And so it continued, month after month, that the Flossman family nursed the failing spirits of their fading father while Patricia sat at the piano and Clive watched dreamily from the porch across the way. Often still in her nightgown, Patricia would flip through the pages of her music and play some enchanting love ballad in the early morning light. It was on one such morning in early spring that she first noticed the gaze of the dark man across the street. Though she’d lived in the same house all her life, Patricia had never met this particular neighbor. In fact, not many of the people on their street had. To her, the eyes of the middle-aged black man were as intrusive as the eyes of a stranger with unsavory motives and she quickly closed her music book and ran to tell her father. Mr. Flossman was outraged. He did the most rational thing he could think of and promptly called the sheriff ’s office. “Yes, sir, Mr. Flossman. We’ll send a patrolman to the location right away, sir,” the lieutenant had said. Two squad cars with lights flashing had been parked across the street for an hour or so before quietly pulling away. That had been the end of it, or at least as far as Flossman was concerned it should have been the end of it. It seemed, however, that sitting on one’s front porch was not a crime, nor was looking at a neighbor’s property, and the very next day Clive was in his usual spot, sitting quietly and taking in the peaceful music. Well, Mr. Flossman would have none of that, so he had Miranda, his wife, close the living room curtains tight. Though that solved the “peeping problem,” the room was now too dark for Mr. Flossman’s comfort, so he had the lights kept on twelve hours a day. No sooner was he feeling at ease again than his older daughter, Caroline, had come in from getting the mail and reported that the suspicious character across the street was now sitting there staring at Patricia’s silhouette at the piano. Being very ill, this news was almost more than Mr. Flossman could bear. After all, if the police couldn’t help, who could? Now, as former principal of the local elementary school, Flossman had many friends with whom he began venting his dissatisfaction. As often happens in small towns, the word got around quickly, albeit changed from the original version by the repeated retelling. When the last of Flossman’s influential friends had heard the story it ran something like this: “the principal’s black neighbor attacked their teenage daughter and the Allegro Community School for the Arts | Page 6
Words from the
A Heart and Soul cont. police did nothing about it!” By that Fall, everyone on the block was taking the long way home to avoid Clive’s house, and people who’d never bothered before were locking their doors at night. Yet, there Clive sat each morning and evening, silently listening to Patricia play. One evening, just before sundown, two men approached Clive on his front porch. “We hear you’ve got a thing for the principal’s daughter,” they said, gritting their teeth and tensing their muscles. Baffled, Clive stammered, “N..no, sir,” and let his eyes fall to the floor. Had he been ten years younger, he might have jumped the porch rail and made a run for it, but all he could do was sit there, trapped. He was unarmed, friendless, and alone - no match for the two men. When Clive stumbled into the police station later that evening, the officers had little time to react. He’d been so badly beaten that they couldn’t fathom how he’d even made it so far as the front door. An ambulance had rushed him to the hospital where the medical staff labored desperately to save his life. With no next of kin and no family to consult about the matter, the attending physician had an easy go of the decision that came next. Mr. Flossman received a phone call early the following morning with good news, a matching donor heart had finally become available. The rejoicing family immediately drove to the hospital where their ailing father was gently prepped for surgery. Hours after the procedure, the doctor reported the patient was recovering well and the family could go to his room for a visit. With tearfilled eyes, they held each other in a tight embrace. “What a miracle!” exclaimed Mrs. Flossman. “God is good!” cried Caroline. Only Patricia remained silent. Later that day, Patricia’s mother, noticing her daughter’s reserved demeanor, asked, “is something the matter?” Patricia lowered her head. “It’s just… well… I can’t help but wonder about dad’s heart.” AlleAllegro Community School for the Arts | Page 7
Inklings Society “What do you mean?” asked her mother. “Where did it come from? I mean, whose was it before it was his?” “Ah, is that what’s bothering you? You’ve always been such a tender thing. You’re right. We need to properly thank the family of whoever donated the heart. What a sweet girl you are.” Miranda promptly went and asked the doctor for the donor’s name. “A Mr. Clive Douglas,” was his answer. She didn’t know the name ,and after learning he had no friends or family to thank, Miranda shrugged and told her daughter the news. That was the end of it, or it would have been had the family remained at the hospital and not gone home to find the house across the street roped off with yellow police tape. In a stack of letters from their mailbox, Mrs. Flossman found this note: Dear Neighbors, I’m sorry we haven’t formally met, but I wanted to say thank you. You see, the last several months have been the happiest I’ve had for a very long time. When my wife and baby girl passed away I had nothing left to live for. After years of struggling, I couldn’t take it anymore. The morning I’d planned to end my life, I went out to get the mail and put affairs in order when I heard your daughter’s music from across the road. I stopped dead in my tracks. She was playing one of my wife’s favorite songs. It gave me something to live for. Thank you. Sincerely, Clive Douglas
THE WARRENTON INKLINGS SOCIETY The Warrenton Inklings Society meets every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 via Google Meet. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the distribution list for the weekly virtual meetings. In-person meetings will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. Allegro Community School for the Arts | Page 8
Words from the
Understanding the Principle of Love in the context of Leadership in a Chaotic Society by Nana Osei-Bonsu
Leadership and love are often misconstrued and the leading cause of chaos in our world today. We have been made to believe that leadership is authority and influence in controlling our society, and love as the emotional element we emit towards people or things we like. Interestingly, leadership and love are inter-related and are essential pillars around which life revolves. The understanding of love and leadership puts life into the right perspective just as the misunderstanding of them will make life harder and more chaotic. The misconception has created the perception that leaders should be authoritarian and controlling. We all know what happens in a society where these two elements are entrenched. The misconception of leadership being authority and influence is like putting the cart before the horse. That makes us see leaders more of authoritarians and influencers. Some influencers are different from leaders, and most often, we are not able to distinguish between the two. An influencer is one who has an idea and rallies others to assist in fulfilling that idea. Influencers are driven by personal ambitions. A leader has developed their gifts and served those gifts for the development of a community. Leaders are driven by purpose. Purpose is that which has been assigned to humans by birth. We have no control over purpose, one can only assign purpose to something we create. Ambition, on the other hand, is what we attribute to ourselves in the fulfillment of our ideas or plans. Since leadership is a gift for humanityâ€™s service, the authority and influence a leader has in the community are derived from the gift they are serving the community with. For example, a car mechanic who is serving the community with her gift derives her authority on fixing cars from her gift. That gives her the influence in the community when it comes to the topic of cars. This being said, it is the leadership gift that provides the leader with the authority and the influence and not the other way round. Meanwhile, love is not an emotional element that we display towards those who tickle our senses or emotions. Love is a principle that endears us to think kindly of humanity and to give and build to make better. When our Founding Fathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence â€œWe hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their
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Inklings Society Creator with certain unalienable Rights, which among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happinessâ€? they were defining love. This is not dependent on whether or not we like the person based on color or creed. As a matter of fact, the good book says, â€œLove your enemies.â€? This means love is a principle we are mandated to cultivate and express towards whoever we cross path with whether we like them, we have to treat them as humans. Love, which happens to be a principle of leadership ought to be cultivated just like hate is cultivated by others to emit mayhem on humanity. We learn to love just as we learn to hate. Therefore, it behooves leaders in our world today to cultivate the principle of love to make them more empathetic to be an example for the communities to emulate.
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Student PROFILE This Well-Rounded Thespian Sees Theatre Lights in Her Future By Aimée O’Grady
Highland School junior Meg Krause has been performing since she was only 6 years old. “I began with ballet and added tap, hip hop, jazz and competitive poms, a form of cheerleading,” she said. Due to her studies and other time constraints, she stopped dancing in 5th grade. She may have tried to take a reprieve from the arts, but the arts had a firm grip on her. Having always enjoyed singing, in February of 6th grade, she began taking vocal lessons at Allegro. “I had heard great things about Allegro. My first year at Allegro gave me a strong foundation and met my expectations.” Krause performed for vocal recitals and in 8th grade performed for her first audition with the Allegro Community Performers. “I auditioned for one the eels in The Little Mermaid,” said Krause. She was cast in the ensemble and loved the experience. “It was the first time I had performed with people outside of my school,” said Krause who had also been a part of her school’s Peter Pan Jr. show in 7th grade. Meg Krause
The experience hooked the young thespian on theatre. The next Allegro show was A Christmas Carol where Krause was cast as Martha Cratchitt, “This was one of my favorite shows. The costumes, dancing, and music were all wonderful. It was also a challenge because it was such a well-known story. Everyone knows the story of Tiny Tim.” Spectators agreed that the cast nailed the emotions. Krause continued to perform with Allegro Community Players and in 10th grade, she enrolled in the Excel Dance classes at Allegro. She now focuses on ballet and tap. Her future goals are to enroll in a school with a strong theatre program. She is currently considering both James Madison University and George Mason University. JMU being strong in musical theatre and GMU having more strength in dialogue performances. Krause has been involved with both types of theatre with Allegro having been cast in Allegro’s Shakespeare in the Park in the summer of 2019. Allegro Community School for the Arts | Page 11
To balance her schoolwork and theatre commitments, Krause plans her schedule around the performance season. “I have a lot of study halls at school and do work at Allegro between lessons.” In the classroom, her favorite subjects are History and English. While she and I spoke, the gentle mew of a kitten could be heard over the phone. “My mother is the head veterinarian technician of the spay and neuter clinic at the Fauquier SPCA,” said Krause. She has spent her summer volunteering at the shelter. She describes herself as more of a dog person. “We have three Shetland Sheepdogs and one Belgian Tervuren, and I show them in 4H agility competitions. I’m also allergic to kittens. When this litter of kittens needed a home for the night, I jokingly said we would take them, and here they are for the night.” The well-rounded thespian recommends Allegro to her friends. “It’s great if you just want to have fun, but especially if you want to make a career of theatre. It is also character building. I’ve learned more than just acting. My confidence in public speaking has improved thanks to my acting classes.” Look for Meg Krause in a future performance of the Allegro Community Players!
Coming this fall!
Moes & Moes Violin REntals at Allegro Moes & Moes Violin Makers will be launching a violin rental program at Allegro. These distinguished violin makers learned their craft at the Violin Making School in Mittenwald, Germany. They studied instrument restoration and repair in Los Angeles and worked in a dealership in London before opening a shop in New York City which they operated for 10 years. Moes & Moes offer high quality instruments that are perfect for beginners as well as advanced students. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is just one of their notable clients.
Learn more about Moes & Moes at www.moesandmoes.com Allegro Community School for the Arts | Page 12
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Sponsor-a-Student: $1200 Amethyst Level: $500 Sonota Sponsor: $500 Concerto Sponsor: $250 Overture Sponsor: $150 Friend of Allegro: $75
To learn more about supporting Allegro contact Lachelle Yoder at email@example.com. Allegro Community School for the Arts | Page 13
Saturday, Sept 19, 11am - 3pm Fauquier Bank Plaza 10 Courthouse Square Warrenton, VA Bring a blanket Bring a chair Enjoy Music | Dance | Orchestra | Theatre Performances by Allegro and Excell Dance students Uncle Drew & the Scoundrels
Allegro is pleased to host the
4th edition of YABBAFest scheduled for
October 24th in Old Town Warrenton. Guests can visit with local author, Nana Osei-Bonsu, during the event. Visit our website for event details. COVID-19 updates regarding YABBAFest, which may be offered in a virtual format this year, will be made by Sept. 24. I was invited back to my former elementary school (which was where I first created Chicken Boy, and where my dream to become an author began) as a guest author for Read Across America. When I got there, I discovered my characters painted on the library wall! Turned out the students had voted on which literary characters meant the most to them, and my Chicken Boy characters were among those chosen to be painted in a mural. To see them up there along the likes of Arthur the Aardvark, Harry Potter, and the works of Dr. Seuss was such a huge honor.
Chicken Boy and the Might of the Monkey Man synopsis: When one bad piece of banana bread turns the star attraction of the Oakwood Zoo into a mischievous vampire monkey, and one nasty bite from that monkey turns a man into a raging, hairy monster, only one heroic chicken can rise up to save the day… The Winged Defender flies again! Chicken Boy and all his pals reunite in their fourth action-packed adventure to face their wildest villain yet… the maniacal Monkey Man!
Biography Michael Thompson’s indie author journey began at the age of thirteen with the release of his first Chicken Boy book, a rewrite of a story he made in his fourthgrade class about a chicken who becomes a superhero, and the friends who help him save the world. Michael has gone on to share his love of writing and illustrating as an inspirational speaker, earn national acclaim in the Feathered Quill Book Awards for his novels, World of the Orb and Winslow Hoffner’s Incredible Encounters, and channel his passion for storytelling in many other genres and mediums. Over the years, the fandom for Michael’s original tale endured. Chicken Boy and the Might of the Monkey Man marks the triumphant return of the Winged Defender, the character of Michael’s first-ever story, and a superhero with many more adventures in store. To learn more about Michael’s award-winning works, visit: MichaelThompsonBooks.com Allegro Community School for the Arts | Page 15
Michael Thompson, Aurthor
THE LIGHTNING THIEF: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1 by Rick Riordan book Review by Larry Hoffer
Yeah, I’m about 15 years late to the party on this one! I don’t know why I never read these books before. I was a huge ::fan of Harry Potter and other books like it, and I really liked the mystery series Rick Riordan wrote before he reinvented himself, but for some reason these never made it on to my radar. So when a friend suggested a buddy read of the series, I jumped at the chance. I’m not going to do my usual plot summary because I’d imagine most of you know what these books are about, either because you’ve read these books or your children have. But suffice it to say that Percy Jackson is a kid who can never seem to stay out of trouble, because it always seems to find him. When he gets kicked out of yet another boarding school, his mother takes him to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods. The next thing he knows, he’s on a quest to the underworld to try and get back Zeus’ master lightning bolt, which has been stolen. I thought this was a fun way to bring mythology to life (seeing as it has always intimidated me). I really enjoyed the characters, particularly Percy and Grover. While I felt the book took a long time to get to the real exciting stuff, I liked the journey that Percy and his friends had to take. Since this was the first book in the series, there was a lot of explanation about things, a lot more telling rather than showing, but I’d imagine that will change as the series progresses. Does this feel a little like a Harry Potter imitation? Maybe, but it’s not too distracting. I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series next month! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. You can purchase this series at The Old Town Open Book, located at 104 Main Street, Warrenton. www.oldtownopenbook.com. Larry Hoffer Allegro Community School for the Arts | Page 17
Held at the Allegro facility, 39 Culpeper St, Warrenton Experienced tutors keep children engaged in the learning process Wednesday is Arts Day! Dance | Orchestra | Theatre | Art
Weekly Schedule & Costs Plan A - All-Inclusive
5 days a week with unlimited dance & theatre classes through Allegro 1 private lesson weekly Participation in Allegro Youth Orchestra
Plan B - 4 Days/Week Virtual Learning
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday - participate in virtual learning No art classes included
Plan C - 1 Day/Week Virtual Learning
Pick a day to come in & study! This is not a drop in; you must pre-register No art classes included
Plan D - Wednesday Art Day!
A day full of Music | Theatre | Art | Choir | Visual Arts Wednesday Art Day will start Sept 9
For more information, schedules, and cost visit www.AllegroCSA.org Lachelle@allegrocsa.org
the back to school dILEMMA Melissa Pieja, Allegro instructor and board member
I was in a state of panic the morning that I heard that PWC schools were going 100% virtual in the fall. My husband travels for work and is away from home during the week and I am a site essential employee at a local Biotech. How on earth were we going to be able to still work and keep up with the online education of our 7 year old daughter!?! I was beside myself on what to do until I heard that Allegro was offering their Learning Annex. My family and I have been part of the Allegro family since 2018. And that is exactly just what they are to us- family! I feel completely at ease leaving my daughter in their care during the week and relieved that her education will be attended to by capable educators. In addition, all of the arts classes that my daughter will be able to participate in are an extra cherry to the top of the sundae! Eva is so excited that she will be singing and dancing with her friends this fall and I am relieved that she will also be getting the social interaction that she has been craving since schools closed this past Spring. The Allegro Learning Annex has been a total lifesaver for my family!
A Learning Annex Student
Curtis J Paul Scholarship
Join us as we launch the scholarship fund! Saturday, Sept 19 11am - 4pm The Fauquier Bank Plaze, Old Town Warrenton
Curtis taught drums at Allegro for three years. He is pictured here with one of his students, Eme MB on the last day of class.
Celebrating the Performing Arts Bring a blanket - Bring a chair! Performance is free to the public. Donations will be accepted for the scholarship. for more information about the scholarship visit, AllegroCSA.org/Curtis-J-Paul-Scholarship
instructor PROFIle Ashley McCullough by Aimée O’Grady
Ashley McCullough has dance in her blood. The Allegro instructor, who teaches the Excell dance programs, at Allegro, has been dancing since age 2, “My mother was a dance major at Brigham Young University in Utah and made sure she tried to have us follow in her footsteps,” she said. Her father, a mechanical engineer, was not a dancer. Ashley and one of her three brothers took after their mother with dance. “While my brother and I took tap classes, my mother would take the adult tap class,” she recalled. Ashley followed in her mother’s footsteps and enrolled in the Brigham Young University dance program with an emphasis in modern and contemporary dance. She taught in college and once she graduated, she continued teaching dance and added yoga to her repertoire. Ashley’s family moved around a lot and as a young girl she lived in Indiana for several years. During these formative years, she met a boy who became a boyfriend and eventually a husband “We’ve known each other a very long time,” she said. The couple lived in Louisiana and North Carolina before settling in Culpeper to be closer to family. With every stop, Ashley found work as a dance teacher, choreographer and performer. In 2018, she joined Excell teaching tap and acrobatics dance. This spring, when Excell merged into Allegro, Ashley merged as well. She has found her place in the arts with Allegro. “Excell dancers are some of the best dancers I have ever taught. They are respectful and eager to learn new things,” she says of her dancers. Ashley was excited about the merger of the two art entities, “I am excited about all the possibilities the merger brings and the direction Allegro is headed. We are creating a wonderful school for students who want to pursue careers in artistic arenas.” Outside of Allegro, Ashley has launched a professional dance company with a former roommate, Amber Gardner. Ash & Elm Dance Company is less than a year old and invites dancers 19 years or and older who have experience in contemporary, ballet, improv, and partner work to audition for the company. The company’s first big performance was last November in Philadelphia at Koresh Dance Company’s Come Together Dance Festival, the largest yearly dance gathering in Philadelphia. When she is not teaching dance, Ashley and her husband, Jeremy, who is a physical therapist, are busy raising their two daughters, ages 3 and 5, who are also enrolled in dance classes. To learn more about Ashley or to enroll in one of her classes, contact Allegro. Allegro Community School for the Arts | Page 21