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TECS Variety Show a Success
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TECS Variety Show a Success 

Liya Kaldes dazzled with her dance to “Texas Hold’em” by Beyonce.
All photos by Martina Paradiso

Topanga Elementary Charter School (TECS) students shone brightly under the enchanting oaks of the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in the school’s third annual Variety Show.

The talent and creativity of the school’s young stars were showcased at the event this month, which raised funds to support enrichment education at TECS. This year’s show had a whimsical “Alice in Wonderland” theme, and brought joy to the participants and audience in the magnificent packed theater.

Alina Penaloza and her dad Ivan performed a rendition of “Phantom of the Opera” and received a standing ovation
Mina Ronen, Maya Samson, and Oren Galai (L-R) performed “Old Town Road”, before leaving the stage on Rocket the pony.

Stephanie Polansky, of the school’s Visual and Performing Arts committee, produced the show alongside fellow mom Danita Menchell. Local comedian Stacie Burrows was the afternoon’s emcee, dressed as the Mad Hatter.

“Our hearts were filled with countless standing ovations, a testament to the boundless creativity and brilliance that resides within our students at Topanga Elementary,” Stephanie said. 

There were 30 performances featuring dozens of youngsters, who had rehearsed for months for the event. It was one of the highlights of the TECS calendar.

The show drew a full house to the iconic outdoor theater. Proceeds helping to fund the enrichment education coordinated by the parent-led TECS booster club Topanga Enrichment Programs. The money raised funds staff and resources that LAUSD does not pay for, including aides in every classroom and the specialist science, art, music, physical education, outdoor education, and technology teachers.

~written by Pete Samson, Volunteer President of TEP

The show’s co-producer Stephanie Polansky also did a star turn as Alice, while comedian Stacie Burrows was the Mad Hatter.

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