VCIS students are ‘Way 2 Fierce’

Visalia Charter Independent Study students perform in dance, drama and vocals production


VISALIA – Visalia Charter Independent Study students will present two “Way 2 Fierce” performances of dance, drama and vocals at L. J. Williams Theater on Saturday, May 18.

Performances will be offered at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 each and are available at both campuses, 1821 W. Meadow Lane, near College of the Sequoias, and 649 S. County Center, at the former Brandman University building.

The performing arts program is led by director Kassi Hampel. Shannon McMahon teaches vocals, Ryan McMahon teaches theater arts and Tim Avila teaches Rock Band.

“At VICS, we believe that performing arts are an integral part of a well-rounded education,” Hampel said. “In addition to dance, drama and choir, we offer guitar ensemble and rock band. Each class has performances throughout the semester, leading up to the amazing spring variety show. 

“Very few of our students have any performing arts experience. I am constantly amazed at how quickly they learn and their courage in trying something completely new—6including performing on stage!” 

VCIS is a charter school for students in grades nine through 12, with a focus on a flexible approach to education. As the only independent study program within Visalia Unified School District, VCIS students are able to enjoy an accredited education and a blended learning approach designed to meet each student’s individual needs. In addition to the Performing Arts program, VCIS offers a culinary pathway, a wide variety of electives and dual enrollment opportunities which allow students to earn college credits while still in high school.

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