Approximately 800 participants and attendees were present at STARFEST, Sunday, June 1, 2014, hosted by L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs. For ninety minutes, guests were amazed as they watched and listened to the marching band perform, a drumline battle, dance teams, drill teams, cheer r
outines, and heard some remarkable original and cover songs from metal, pop, and rock bands - all from L.A.C.E.R.'s award-winning classes after school.
The original songs from the high schools should be on the radio. – Starfest Guest
The auditorium fell silent when Kevin, a leading young classical guitarist played – “he didn’t just play, his technique was flawless with a warm tonal presence,” said a Starfest Guest. Kevin started in the L.A.C.E.R. program as a 6th grader and has appeared in numerous plays, performed at the House of Blues on multiple occasions and at L.A.C.E.R.’s annual fundraiser brunch. Starfest was Kevin’s last performance before he heads off to attend Berkley School of Music in the fall.
STARFEST, a talent show, is our annual culminating event intended to inspire students, promote self-discovery, engage the imagination and provide a positive experience. This celebration is the only opportunity for all six sites to come together to perform for each other, students practice all year and were excited to celebrate their accomplishments with parents, friends, faculty, and community members.
I never saw anything like this! - a student from Bancroft Middle School who was mesmerized after watching King Middle Schools’ dance performance.
L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs bring innovative, cutting-edge art, academic and athletic programs to six Los Angeles public schools reaching over 3,600 students annually. This year, 2,987 students experienced art because of L.A.C.E.R., 957 students participate in our sports teams and fitness classes and 1,109 students participated in our homework clubs.
Though L.A.C.E.R. offers students the program at no cost, the show costs money to put on, and the event would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Starfest SPONSORS include major support from the Wilbur May Foundation, Fox Entertainment Group as well as Iron Mountain, Sharon Stricker & Jackie Goldberg, Occidental Entertainment, So. California Gas Co., Julie Kleinick & Craig White and many more.
Special thank you to our good friends at the Hollywood Beautification Team who gave-away 100 trees after the show!
I saw a great show and I got a free tree. What a great afternoon! – Starfest Guest