CAPE MAY – Five teachers from the Lower Cape May Regional School District in Erma have been named the June Volunteers of the Month Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, MAC officials said.
John Drechen, Julie Heck, Sandy Beane-Fox, Kelly Kennedy and Kaleb Magnusson were recognized for their roles as mentors to students in their effort to produce a musical performance by students in Lower Cape May Regional High School and Richard M. Teitelman, Jr. High School.
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“This program allows kids to create and perform, from beginning to end," said Mary Stewart, MAC spokeswoman. “These teachers were integral in helping shepherd these students' creative passion and process along to its wonderful conclusion.”
Students performed “Heroes of Cape May,” in February at the high school, a play written and produced by studetns, in collaboration with New York Chamber Ensemble artistic director Eliot Bailen.
The play consisted of three stories about people and topics important to Cape May area history: Rebecca Stillwell, Henry Sawyer, and the German U-Boat U-858 Surrender May 14, 1945 off the coast of Cape May.
Bailen collaborated with the schools' music teachers and students, to create a production that featured 203 students on the stage at once, with musicians, choir members, dancers and actors in performance.
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