Luke and Caroline are students at our AdventHealth School of the Arts. They’re members of our Quarter Notes ensemble. They’ve seen almost all the same shows—around a dozen—here at the arts center. And they’re siblings, too.
12-year-old Luke first came for summer camp in 2017, when he was 7, then decided to try a musical theater class. This past fall, 10-year-old Caroline joined us—and even participated in our youth production of Elf The Musical, supported by AdventHealth.
Luke said, “I've made so many friends through the performing arts, and it has strengthened my relationships with other kids and my family. Our entire family loves the arts…We spend a lot of time together seeing shows, practicing musical instruments and listening to Broadway soundtracks.”
Caroline added, “When I was younger, I was really shy and nervous to speak in front of groups. My experience in the performing arts has made me more confident. I feel like now I can easily speak, sing or dance for an audience. This will help me in any job I decide to do in the future!”
For even more exposure to the performing arts industry, Luke and Caroline became members of our Quarter Notes ensemble, supported by AdventHealth. This middle school–aged group enjoys elite training and opportunities to represent the Dr. Phillips Center by performing around the community.
“I love being part of the Quarter Notes,” Caroline said. “I have learned so much and feel like my performance skills have really improved through this experience.” She added, “Performing at Songs of the Season on the Frontyard Festival™, stage along with The Four Counts and Rollins College Music Department, was so much fun! It was a beautiful night and really got me in the holiday spirit.”
Luke echoed his sister’s thoughts: “My favorite experience so far was performing with The Quarter Notes at the Songs of the Season show. The Frontyard Festival™ was a really cool setup and the entire show was a lot of fun.”
We hope Luke and Caroline have even more fun in future classes and programs—especially because we get to watch them grow into great young artists.
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We’re grateful that Elf The Musical was sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.