Lawrence Woodmere Academy Arts & Music Tradition Continues

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Lawrence Woodmere Academy (LWA) continued it’s 100+ year rich history of Arts & Music excellence with the announcement that one of the school’s performing arts teachers, Tasha Partee, will be awarded the 2019 Inspiring Teacher Award by the  National High School Musical Theatre Awards (Jimmy Awards, www.jimmyawards.com). The honor recognizes teachers for the encouragement and inspiration that led to their students winning the Jimmy Awards.

Partee, whose background includes many years as a Broadway performer, is the Upper School Drama Director at LWA. She is being recognized as the teacher of the 2018 Jimmy Award winner for Best Performance by an Actor, Andrew Barth Feldman, a junior at the school who took over the lead in the Tony Award winning Broadway show, "Dear Evan Hansen," (www.dearevanhansen.com) in January. Feldman is the first teenager to play the lead role.

Lawrence Woodmere Academy, with its 100+ year history of rigorous academic excellence and its Global Scholars Program, prides itself on "educating the whole child," who can think freely and critically. With small class sizes and NO mandatory New York State testing, faculty and students have the ability to work together in a collaborative environment focusing on the individual strengths of each and every student. LWA’s flexibility allows for students and teachers, like Andrew and Tasha, to dedicate the time necessary to achieve their dreams.

Partee credits the community at LWA as being completely supportive of the arts.  Partee commented, “I think the reasons why students love LWA and how our team can help them be the best they can be in drama are really one in the same: our smaller size fosters a familial, supportive environment through which every student has an opportunity to develop in a challenging role. While students audition and are held accountable for their work and growth each year, the spirit in our program is not competitive. I delight in seeing our students support one another and consider each other’s strengths when entering into our work together. Moreover, students have the ability to develop as performers over time, working closely with our Middle and Upper School teachers to fine tune the aspects of their artistry that will lead them to new discoveries. A student may begin as a lead actor and move on to assistant director, or ease in as an ensemble performer and take on larger roles as they feel more comfortable. There is truly something for everyone in our theatre program, and we pride ourselves on helping each individual student find exactly what that ‘something’ is.”

While Lawrence Woodmere Academy has already held their 2019 performances of the Middle School’s version of “All Shook Up” and the Upper School’s version of Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida”, the school’s Spring Concert & Art Shows will be held on May 16 and 21 at 7 p.m., showcasing the school’s music students who thrive in NYSSMA and consistently achieve All-County and All-State honors in band and chorus.

Have a child interested in the Arts & Music? It may be worth your time to call or stop by Lawrence Woodmere Academy and see for yourself the amazing work being accomplished by staff and students! 

(Article submitted by LMA staff)

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