Arts In Action plans to bring its influence to the holiday season for another year. This year's Art In Action winter production, "Christmas Spectacular," will celebrate the season with music, dance and theater and showcase the program's Master Ambition Performance Company and guest artists, Cantrell said. The outfit will give four performances of the show throughout the region.
"We were thrilled with the many invitations that we received to perform this season," said Cookie Samworth, Arts In Action's artistic director and choreographer. "This show will match its name -- 'spectacular.'"
Master Ambition is an audition-only company, and is a featured performing group on Daystar Television Network. They have performed with Landau Eugene Murphy at the Clay Center, for the "Friends of Culture and History" Fashion Show fundraiser, Appalachian Children's Chorus Holiday Concert, West Virginia Dance Festival and are always featured performers at the annual Arts Celebration held at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia.
Members of the company will be dancing in New York City as part of "Project Dance" this spring.
According to a 2008 study by the College Board, students who take four years of arts and music classes while in high school score 85 points better on their SATs than students who took only a half year or less and scored an average of 523 on the writing portion of the test -- 52 points higher than students with only a half year or less of art and music classes.
"Arts In Action's classes are structured and taught by highly skilled, qualified, passionate, and dedicated artist-educators," Cantrell said. "We know that arts education makes a positive impact in the lives of students, and that the benefits follow a child into adulthood."
The first "Christmas Spectacular" performance will take place at the Teays Valley Church of God at 6 p.m. Dec.7. The program will perform at the Teays Valley Church of the Nazarene Dec. 8 at 6 p.m., and will hold two performances at the Huntington Mall on Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. and noon.
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