“Zombies” Invade Strawberry Square for Halloween-themed Flash Mob
October 31, 2013
New conservatory program allows students to put their own spin on a Halloween classic
Local students showcased their own creative spin on a famous music video during their flash-mob performance in Strawberry Square on Halloween, as they recreated Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller performance before surprised by-standers.
Students at Commonwealth Connections Academy (CCA), a public cyber charter school, and Capital Area School for the Arts (CASA) teamed up to bring the production to life. The two schools have partnered on an interdisciplinary series of workshops, allowing students to experience the fields of music production, theatrical makeup, and choreography.
“This partnership effort between two schools, a post-secondary institution and local businesses is exactly what our new conservatory program is all about,” said CCA’s Arts & Humanities Conservatory manager Stephanie Grigg. “We are thrilled to partner with CASA, HU, Strawberry Square and professionals in the field to offer such an experiential and interdisciplinary opportunity for students.”
The two-week workshop series began with a mixing, editing and music production session at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, where students also learned from professors and University students about New Media Design as a college major.
Professor Hip-hop dance instructor and choreographer Dave Ogden then led the students to create their own rendition to the spliced-and-edited pop hit “Thriller.” The effort culminated in today’s theatrical make-up workshop as students were transformed into “zombies” for flash mob performances between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Grigg explained that the workshop and performance went so well, the school is already planning future collaborations with CASA and HU to give students exposure to additional fields of study in the arts.
CCA started the Arts and Humanities Conservatory program this year as a way to enhance the education journey of their students across the state. Students can now explore fields that are not necessarily addressed in their day-to-day class schedule.
About Commonwealth Connections Academy
Founded in 2003, Commonwealth Connections Academy combines the expertise and accountability of public education and state certified teachers, with strong parental involvement and the flexibility of technology-enhanced learning. Authorized under state law by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, CCA is also accredited by the Middle States Association – one of six regional accrediting organizations for higher education institutions. Since CCA is a Pennsylvania public school, there are no costs for tuition, fees or supplies. CCA was named Educator of the Year at the 2011 Pennsylvania Technology Awards. Open enrollment for grades K-12 is going on now. For more information on our teaching centers, unique mobile classroom or student programs please visitwww.connectionsacademy.com/cca