Creative Work of High Schoolers Acted/Shown at MCCC

4-28-05

When a high school student gets to see his or her own poem or skit acted out on stage by college students, you can be sure it’s a very special day. Dozens of teens had that memorable experience on April 26 when their literary works were performed by Mercer County Community College theater majors on the stage of Kelsey Theatre, on the college’s West Windsor campus. Visual artists saw their work projected larger than life on a huge screen in the darkened theater, while the college’s jazz band played.

The special event, with parents and teachers in attendance, marked the publication of Aspirations, an annual literary and art journal published through a partnership between Mercer County Community College and area high schools.

Now in its 21st year, Aspirations is designed to encourage creativity in literature and the arts. This year’s joint editorial board was composed of representatives from Mercer County Community College and the Ewing, Hamilton, Hightstown, Hopewell Valley, McCorristin, Sci Core Academy and West Windsor-Plainsboro high schools. The editors for the competitive journal read hundreds of submissions and chose the very best stories, poems, essays and drawings.

Aspirations is now available at high school libraries throughout the county. Students from almost all of Mercer County’s public and parochial high schools were represented in the publication – a total of 141.

MCCC faculty members who lent their talent to the project were Robin Schore (English), who served as lead editor; James Kelly (Music), who directed the student musicians, and Nick Anselmo (Theatre), who directed the student actors and dancers. Susan Zambrio, administrator of the college’s Liberal Arts Division, served as project director.

Aspirations is funded in part through the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

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