BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - You'll hardly see WAFB's Donna Britt and East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent Warren Drake hosting an entertainment show, but on Friday night, they'll showcase some of the finest talent in the public school system's music programs.
The Manship Theatre is the stage where a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24 will raise money for school music programs. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a special reception. It's a chance for the audience to mingle and talk with the students and teachers who will perform. Britt urges you to take selfies to show off your pride in the public school arts program on social media. Once you see the performances, you'll understand why there should be excitement about these kids and their teachers.
Included in the acts are string students from Baton Rouge Magnet High. Mike Esneault is a Baton Rouge High music teacher who's worked with Lou Rawls and Dr. John, among others, and won an Emmy for an LPB documentary score he wrote. Esneault will burn up the keys on the piano, playing a tribute to New Orleans Piano legends like Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and James Booker.
Brandy Lynn Johnson, a teacher at Claiborne Elementary, will perform opera from Carmen and more. Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet has talented kids playing duets, solos, and a jazz ensemble. There are too many acts to list here.
Buy your tickets at the door or from the Manship Theatre. Plan to donate a little more money to the public school music programs if you can, and of course, plan for a magical evening downtown.