Students gave sneak peak of Fame The Musical at By the River

SEBASTIAN —  Indian River Charter High’s Schumann School for the Performing Arts students gave a sneak peak of their production of “Fame The Musical” at By the River on Sunday. The students performed four of their more popular musical numbers. The performance officially runs February 16-19 at the Vero Beach Theater Guild. This is the second year the students have taken their show on the road to By the River, an affordable, independent residential community for low-income seniors. Today’s performance was well-attended and a fun time was had by all.  A resident of By the River, Betty Stark even entertained the students with her wonderful singing voice.

Fame the Musical is about students and their struggles and accomplishments at New York City’s High School of Performing Arts.

“I felt this musical really highlights just how talented the students of IRCHS really are,” said Michael Naffziger, Director of Theatre for IRCHS. “Many of the performers have to be able to sing, dance, act and even in several circumstances, play instruments.”

The comic of the show, Jose Vegas, played by Kem Johnson, masks his true feelings for the leading lady Carmen Diaz, played by Nancy Carvajal, through flamboyant flirting with every female at the school.  Johnson began singing when he was seven and his family recently moved to Vero Beach so he could attend the Schumann School for the Performing Arts.

By the River offers a full spectrum of programs designed to keep seniors active and engaged in life, including intergenerational activities, volunteer opportunities, art and music classes, health lectures, fitness plans, yoga and day trips.

For information about By the River call 772-388-5858 or visit

Tickets for the full production of Fame the Musical, February 16-19 at the Vero Beach Theater Guild, are $20 and can be purchased by calling IRCHS at 772.567.6600 ext. 200 or at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild box office one hour before each performance.


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