Tracy C. Butler, director of education for the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, announced the Center’s Outstanding Local Student for the month of December is Palm Beach Atlantic University musical theatre major Lindsay Bell.
A senior, Bell is already looking forward to auditioning for professional theater and dance companies after graduation. At the Kravis Center, she served as a dedicated ArtsCamp Artistic Intern and summer programming volunteer. In addition, she participated in a number of Kravis On Broadway student workshops and master classes.
“These opportunities have benefited me in many ways, from being able to work with children in the area that I am studying (the arts), to observing the intricacies of running a successful theatre,” Bell said. “Sharing the arts with young people helps to broaden their minds and enables them to think critically in both the arts as well as other social issues; it also helps to cultivate the audiences of the future.”
A resident of West Palm Beach, she is the daughter of David and Jeanne Bell.
In addition, Butler named Mark Andrew Fetterly, director of theatre at Santaluces Community High School in Lantana, as Outstanding Local Teacher for December.
Fetterly prepared his students to participate in two Kravis Center education programs: the annual Alan Lebow Award for Excellence in Shakespearean Performance and ArtScholars. In the past year, his Santaluces Musical Theatre class was the focus of the Kravis Center’s Broadway League National Education grant performance program in connection with the National touring production of "Les Misérables."
“After 20 productive years of Kravis Center arts educational programming, we are proud to spotlight the motivated teachers and dedicated students who have contributed to our success,” said Butler. “Our Outstanding Teacher and Student of the month will each receive two free tickets to an upcoming performance of their choice at the Kravis Center.”
“A key component of the Kravis Center’s mission is to offer comprehensive education programs,” she added. “This statement clearly demonstrates the Center’s strong commitment to supporting and sustaining high quality, accessible and affordable educational programs for children and adults of our community.”
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality; by offering comprehensive arts education programs; by providing a Palm Beach County home in which local and regional arts organizations can showcase their work; and by providing economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County.
The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For more information, call 561-832-7469 or visit www.kravis.org.