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Metropolitan School of the Arts Opens New Black Box Theatre

Metropolitan School of the Arts Opens New Black Box Theatre

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. recently revealed its newly constructed Black Box Theatre, perfect for intimate dance, music and theatre performances, seating 130. Costing $140,000 to build, MSA received an anonymous gift of $60,000 to help with the cost of the theatre. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

“We are the only Alexandria performing arts space to offer this type of theater for public use in Alexandria,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va. “Other performing arts groups can also take advantage of this space through rental options, as we encourage more performing arts opportunities in the greater Alexandria area,” said Dobbs.

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BASIS Ind. McLean Co-founder to Speak; BASIS.ed Ranks in Top 10 Schools in US News&World Reports

BASIS Ind. McLean Co-founder to Speak; BASIS.ed Ranks in Top 10 Schools in US News&World Reports

BASIS.ed’s co-founder Dr. Michael Block will speak at a free, public information session on Wed., May 24 at BASIS Independent McLean at 6:15 p.m., located at 8000 Jones Branch Drive in McLean, Va. to discuss U.S. News & World Report’s Best High School Rankings that has listed five of the 10 schools as BASIS.ed – at first, second, third, fifth and seventh place. The public is invited to hear Dr. Block talk about the notable school curriculum that led to BASIS.ed’s reputable U.S. rankings. Cocktail reception begins at 6:15 p.m. with the session to follow at 6:45 p.m. To register, go to http://basisindependent.com/may24 or call 703.854.1253.

Donate Swimsuits For CASA Kids at Monza and Get $10 Monza Gift Card

Donate Swimsuits For CASA Kids at Monza and Get $10 Monza Gift Card

From now through May 31, the public can drop off new swimsuits for CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Children) of Manassas, Va., at Monza and Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. in return for a $10 Monza gift card. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.   

 “Swimming pools will be opening soon, and so many kids go without proper swimsuits,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Historic Manassas, Va. “CASA is a tremendous support for kids in need of support, guidance and love, and we love the opportunity to be able to give back,” said Pires.

BASIS Independent McLean Students Enjoy Senegal for Spring Break

BASIS Independent McLean Students Enjoy Senegal for Spring Break

Many area students enjoyed a break from school over spring vacation, but BASIS Independent McLean (BIM) French students decided to take their break in Senegal, far from their classroom, but still deeply immersed in an enriching, educational experience of a lifetime. World travel is an optional opportunity for BIM students looking to take their education outside their textbooks and familiar settings. Senegal not only gave French students an immersive environment in the French language, but also provided them a new cultural and societal viewpoint of life outside of McLean, Va. For more information on the school, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com.

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LearningRx’s Hosts 24th Annual Tysons Regional Chamber Stars Event

LearningRx’s Hosts 24th Annual Tysons Regional Chamber Stars Event

Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna and Reston, Va. hosted the 24th Annual Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce Stars event with 42 students attending from 21 Fairfax County area schools for their positive achievements and significant improvements. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com

More than 130 attendees joined the event, including Jay Pearson, executive principal, Region 2, Fairfax County Public Schools and Maureen Loftus, youth and education chair for the Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce. Each year, the Tysons Regional Chamber partners with area schools to celebrate and honor selected students who deserve recognition for positive potential or significant improvements. The Chamber Stars event celebrates the accomplishment of students who have persevered despite significant obstacles or personal struggles. 

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ Youth Ballet to Present ‘Cinderella’

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ Youth Ballet to Present ‘Cinderella’

Metropolitan School of the Arts Youth Ballet presents Cinderella on Sun., April 30 at 12 noon,
3 p.m. and 6 p.m. seatings at the George Washington National Masonic Memorial Theater at 101 Callahan Dr. in Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $12 per person. For more tickets, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metro School of the Arts’ Jacob Anderson on Nat'l Tour of Roald Dahl’s U.S. Tour of Matilda

Metro School of the Arts’ Jacob Anderson on Nat'l Tour of Roald Dahl’s U.S. Tour of Matilda

Jacob Anderson, 11, a student at Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va., is making his national tour debut in the U.S. National Tour of Matilda The Musical. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, the blockbuster musical named TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year, is on tour in select U.S. cities, now through June 25, 2017.  Anderson of Fairfax Station, Va. plays the part of Nigel Hicks in the U.S. National Tour of Matilda the Musical. He’s been studying at MSA since 2014. For more information about the school, go to www.metropolitanarts.org, or view http://us.matildathemusical.com/tour/ for tickets.

“Being part of Matilda the Musical is a dream come true for me, said Jacob Anderson, Metropolitan School of the Arts’ student of Fairfax Station, Va.