Like being in the living room of the parents’ inc. my own, of the talented students
Matthew Rushing, who studied dance at LACHSA
By Valerie Milano
Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Today) 11/17/12 – “Fame High” is an L.A. story with universal appeal, all 101 minutes of it. This fall it screened at the Laemmle Pasadena Theatre on Colorado Blvd and continues to play in a lot of different venues.
The documentary, which is a musical with the drama beginning with the nerve-racking freshman auditions to their fabulous graduation performance. The kids of Fame High teach us the value of finding their own voice in art and life. In an age when we are subjected to so many talent shows, it was refreshing to witness a progressive story about the development of talent and the many lessons it teaches, not just to the students but
the teachers and families of the students.
Presented by Black Valley Films, the company was named after the incredible Black Valley, west of Kenmare, south of the Gap of Dunloe and north of Moll’s Gap, in County Kerry, Ireland. The valley is also part of the Kerry Way, a walkers version of the Ring of Kerry beginning and ending in Killarney.
Everyone dreams of fame and “Fame High” captures the in-class and at-home drama of a group of individuals in an extraordinary high school in Southern California: The Los Angeles High School of the Arts.
LACHSA is one of the most respected and competitive public arts high schools in the country. My own children, Michael and Laura both attended classes there and my family has always been very involved in productions and fundraising. Laura is a junior and Michael has gone on to San Francisco State University where he is studying film and theatre.
The arts teachers are working professionals, and some of the famous alumni include singing phenomenon Josh Groban, as well as actors Corbin Bleu, Jenna Elfman, and Anthony Anderson, and principal dancer of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Matt Rushing.
This unique coming-of-age, documentary-musical which follows a group of students as they grow through the program. Just as in sports, their involved families are supportive and often opinionated. . Just as my husband and myself, they donate countless hours to ensure their children perform their very best.
“Fame High” shows us behind the scenes, the facts behind the fiction. As most adults know, anything worthwhile takes sacrifice and hard work.
The benefit of seeing the movie on the big screen was the impact of being totally involved with the students while sitting in the theatre. It was like being in the living room of the parents’ of the talented students from a variety of neighborhoods in L.A. and beyond. “Fame High” is more than a movie as it is a lesson plan that every high school student should see.
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