The Twinkle Project

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Elizabeth Kester and Zofia Leverette rehearsing the Story of Dhruva. The 2013 Twinkle Project participants also included  Elisabeth Shin, Allison Aronson, Isabella Sonen, Claire Mitchell, Sophia Christensen, Lily Mitchell, and Ella Barber. Photo by Jen Phillips.
Elizabeth Kester and Zofia Leverette rehearsing the Story of Dhruva. The 2013 Twinkle Project participants also included Elisabeth Shin, Allison Aronson, Isabella Sonen, Claire Mitchell, Sophia Christensen, Lily Mitchell, and Ella Barber. Photo by Jen Phillips.

Students from Crozet and Charlottesville participated in The Twinkle Project at Crozet Arts in June. Generously supported by a grant from the Bama Works fund of Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, the weeklong workshop got children involved in the creative process of an artistic performance production.

Students prepared dance/instrumental/drama scenes based on constellations, the Story of Dhruva (the Hindu story of the North Star), Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and created props and costume pieces for the production.  The Twinkle Project, performed to music by Mozart, was jointly directed by Sharon Tolczyk, Boomie Pedersen, Emma Givens, Dr. Beth Cantrell and Madhavi Reddi. Crozet Arts hopes to expand the workshop into a production that could tour locally, Tolczyk said.