Iberville Parish Schools present musical “Childhood” April 15-16

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Joshlyn Allen, Micah Wikah and Ariel Brumfield will perform in Iberville Parish School System's Talent Machine's musical “Childhood” April 15-16.

PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish School System’s Talent Machine, comprised of more than 400 students in the parish’s public schools, will perform or assist in staging a new original musical entitled “Childhood” written and directed by IPSS’s Chief Academic Officer Elvis J. Cavalier.

The play will be performed on April 15- 16 at the Performing Arts Center at the MSA-West Academy.

“For some time I have been puzzling over the sources of the creative imagination,” Cavalier said.  “I have tried to uncover some general clues to the sources of those mysterious impulses that propel the mind beyond familiar ground into unexpected territories that account for the sudden appearance of creative configuration of thought, expression, vision, or sound.

“The creative imagination does not flare in isolation. Creative minds stimulate each other, interaction and competition have a generative effect, sparks fly from disagreement and rivalry, and entire groups become creative producing a special synergy.”

Tickets are being sold in advance at all area schools, Board Office and the MSA-West Performing Arts Center ticket booth. Tickets are $5 per person. No tickets will be sold the evening of the performance.

This is the seventh season of the Talent Machine, an educational program designed to expose youth of all ages to stage experiences, said Cavalier.

A prominent showcase of the performance will be the 100-piece student orchestra, led by music director and orchestra conductor Dr. Michael Berthelot.

Act I is centered around the dark side of being a child while Act II deals with the magical aspects of childhood in today’s world. Music, dance and song are integrated into the performance.

“It is a play meant to arouse our emotions and to have us question our virtues,” Cavalier said. “The wonderful artists involved in the planning and implementation of this production combined their talents, dedication and youthful vigor to produce a group that was an absolute joy to work with.

“Hopefully, this show will inspire you to be grateful every single day for the gift of life.”