Young Performers Tell Stories of Life


A sandbox beckons creativity: digging, molding, sifting and burying. "The Sandbox" in downtown Fullerton showcases the cabaret, nurturing performers to take life experiences and put them into words and song. Thirteen of the 40 members of Fullerton Union High School's Academy of the Arts "Team Cabaret" shared their innermost feeling last week under the supervision of academy instructors, Tim McDougall, Kate Peters, and Jenni Klein. The results: one of the most heartwarming of evenings.

Imagine a teen recounting her mother's struggles of dealing with drug addiction or a boy whose stepfather left when his birth father came back into the boy's life. Tough issues tackled with tenderness.

Giving the stories a musical backdrop was the talented Donna Tamm, a graduate of Cal State Fullerton music program and a 15-year Fullerton resident. While the young vocalists poured out their hearts, there sat Tamm with fingers flying across the ivories. After stints as a church musician for many years, she's adept at accompanying less-familiar melodies. The Theatrical bent has stayed within the Tamm family. Son Jason, a FHS grad, is now a mobile disc jockey. Daughter Becky, a Troy High grad, focuses on dancing.

-Fullerton News Tribune June 10, 1999

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