Elementary students bring Doctor Dolittle to life with a musical production

Paso Robles, CA – A cast of 55 students from Almond Acres Charter Academy starred in the musical, Doctor Dolittle Junior.  The production was held at the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation Berg Auditorium and was directed by Claire Fundaro.  

“Almond Acres offers a unique opportunity for their students through the process of production. The lessons that are taught in theatre will impact all aspects of these students’ lives.  They’re given the chance to grow their confidence from auditioning, to rehearsing in front of their peers, and to the final product which creates a strong character within them. The process is invaluable, and I’m so grateful to be a part of the magic that only Theatre can create,” said Claire Fundaro.  

With only two weeks of rehearsals, the students were show-ready.  Parents and students worked together behind the scenes to construct sets, props, and design costumes.  

“When I auditioned for Dr. Dolittle, I said I did not want to sing a solo at all, whatsoever.  I would have never built up that courage if I hadn’t been given this opportunity. Now I have that skill which I am very grateful for,” said Summer Colegrove, who was cast as Dr. Dolittle.

The production was made possible with the support of local individuals and businesses namely the Barber, Beckett, Bojorquez, and Stoltzfus Families, Joyce Vertrees, Gena Beckett and Jill Ponti, Realtors with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hallmark Realty in downtown Paso Robles.  Raffle prizes were donated by Berry Hill Bistro, Central Coast Aquarium, Charles Paddock Zoo, Designs by Dena, Pappy McGregor’s, and Park Cinemas.

Almond Acres is charter school located in San Miguel that has a Visual and Performing Arts Program.  In addition to an annual theatre production, they also host an annual art show and an annual talent show.  The school also contracts with local artists to teach drama, choir, art, instrumental, and vocal classes.



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