Kris­tian Huff, un­veiled first pro­duc­tion

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Merit Col­lege Prepara­tory Academy se­nior, Kris­tian Huff, un­veiled his first orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion en­ti­tled, “A Day in the Life” at Merit Academy on May 9-10, at 7:00 p.m.

While par­tic­i­pat­ing in Merit Academy’s unique Fu­sion Hon­ors Pro­gram, Huff was en­cour­aged by his in­struc­tors to write, pro­duce and di­rect a pro­duc­tion for his se­nior project. With the help of fel­low Merit Academy stu­dent and co-writer Jessi Reyes, Huff had his di­rec­to­rial de­but of his orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion.

The Fu­sion Hon­ors Pro­gram is one of Merit Academy’s unique di­rec­tives to pre­pare its stu­dents for higher ed­u­ca­tion. Stu­dents are re­quired to com­plete two ex­pe­ri­ences from seven ar­eas of in­flu­ences rang­ing from: Sci­ence, Math, Lit­er­a­ture, His­tory, Phi­los­o­phy, Tech­nol­ogy, Art, Ar­chi­tec­ture, Film, Mu­sic, The­ater, For­eign Cul­ture, etc. Stu­dents get to ex­pe­ri­ence field trips to art mu­se­ums, re­li­gious fes­ti­vals, and en­joy clas­sic lit­er­a­ture and movies. Stu­dents are not re­quired to par­tic­i­pate in The Fu­sion Hon­ors Pro­gram, but are strongly en­cour­aged to take part.

“Merit Academy has sig­nif­i­cantly helped stu­dents thrive, all while chal­leng­ing them to reach lim­its they didn’t know they could do,” said Tara Green­wood, Kris­tian’s mother and a Merit Academy School Board mem­ber. “Be­cause of the Fu­sion Hon­ors Pro­gram and help from his in­struc­tors, Kris­tian has been able to di­rect this spe­cial pro­duc­tion.”

“A Day in the Life” fol­lows the story of 5 Amer­i­can teenagers and their for­eign friend who comes to Amer­ica for the first time. The pro­duc­tion fo­cuses on their unique sto­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences while liv­ing in New York City. The pro­duc­tion will in­clude mu­si­cal num­bers per­formed by Merit Academy’s own Dance Com­pany, Ball­room Com­pany, Orches­tra, Choir, Band and the Glee-in­spired club, Sa­tori.

Merit Col­lege Prepara­tory Academy is a tu­ition-free char­ter school in Springville, Utah. For additional in­for­ma­tion, visit their web­site www.mer­i­ta­cademy.org or con­tact their di­rec­tor Kim Mitchell at (801) 491-7600.

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