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TAP Theater presents Children’s Letters to God

April 13th to 15th

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Bossier’s High School Talented Arts Program proudly presents Children’s Letters to God, a musical based on the children’s book best seller by Stuart Hample, April 13th-15th at East Bank Theatre.  Despite its religious name, the emphasis of the musical is on five adolescents, who ask the hard hitting questions about everyday issues of growing-up as a rivalry between brothers/sisters, first love, relationships with parents (especially when they’ve divorced), the reflection about non-athleticism, hobbies and how to survive their losses.

From the mouths of “children”, aka TAP students, like Madeline Stewart, Brennan Teutsch, and Nolan Tomasek from Airline High School, Maxwell Ellis from Cope Middle School, and Jillian Pease from Parkway, they are sure to warm your hearts with the appealing lyrics of Douglas J. Cohen and the music of David Evans.   Musical Director Lauren Bamburg, and Choreographer/Director Shannon Bamburg welcome the audience to explore each open-ended question, and take in the universal message which crosses the boundaries of age, geography, and religion.  Children’s Letters to God opens at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13th at East Bank Theatre, located at 630 Barksdale Blvd. in Bossier City.  The musical will make two runs at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14th, with a final matinee at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15th.  

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students/military.  Bossier Parish employees get in free with Bossier Parish School ID (employees will need to pick up a ticket in advance for a reserved seat).  Limited seats are available, so purchase  your tickets in advance by coming to the Bossier Educational Service Center at 2900 Douglas Drive between the hours of 8:00am and 11:00am or 1:00pm to 3:00pm to pay and SELECT your seat(s) beginning Tuesday, April 3rd.   

If seats are available, $5 student rush tickets are available 10 minutes before the show begins and are first- come, first- served.


The Bossier Parish Talented Program seeks to screen, identify, and provide services for children who possess unique talent in the visual or performing arts. The focus of the program is to provide accelerated curriculum based on the National Standards for Arts Education and the Louisiana Arts Content Standards to students identified as talented in each of the following areas: Visual Arts, Music (Vocal and/or Instrumental), and Theater. IEP goals are developed for the individual student’s needs in his/her area of talent. Course content is designed to meet the individual needs of the students. Students are pulled from non-academic classes to address IEP goals and talented curriculum content. 

Talented Arts Instructor Completes Bilingual E-book


The creativity never ends for Talented Arts Program Instructor Steve Porter. When he is not teaching art, he is creating it. Now, after a three-year project involving dozens of professionals and students from across the world, Porter’s efforts are showcased in the online bilingual e-book Environmental Education in Latino Communities: Sharing Experiences.

Porter was one of 30 people chosen from across the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba to participate in the Environmental Education en Espanol (EEE) Capacity Project in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in New York.

The purpose of the e-book is to recognize the efforts of those in the Latino community who are working toward environmental sustainability and conservation by way of different outlets.

The first chapter of the book delves into the arts and Porter shares experiences, challenges, and successes as he helped Bossier Parish students from Haughton Middle, Haughton High and Parkway High build their self-esteem through the Talented Arts Program. They painted murals, created masks, constructed totem poles and made a statue with a working fountain.

Porter is quoted in the book as saying, “Two words come to mind when using art as a positive force: relationship and opportunity. The individuals that you are working with don't have to be accomplished painters or sculptors, but when given the opportunity, relationships form. For close to 20 years, I have worked with students and non-students, from the ages of four to adult. Some were privileged, and some had nothing. The one thing in common was art. At times, I have had white, black, Asian, Mexican, and Native American (people) in one room working… Art is what we can use to come up with solutions.”

Photos of Porter’s students are also showcased in the book, along with their works of art. Explore the e-book and see the incredible collaboration that culminated from this bilingual online learning community.