The Owens GATE Magnet Performing Arts department is an integral part of the GATE Magnet Program. Every student, whether in the GATE classes or in the traditional education classes, has the opportunity to attend musical dance theater class through the week during the school day, and perform multiple times per year with their classes. Students also have the option of participating in the after school Performing Arts Club taught by our two Performing Arts teachers. The Performing Arts is embedded in the GATE Magnet Program daily; it is not only an after school activity.
The Performing Arts Program is headed by Mr. Frank Sierra, with Mrs. Kelci Cerri as the other half of this dynamic duo. Frank has directed Spring productions at Owens Intermediate that are performed at BCSD's auditorium, including The Lion King, Wizard of Oz, and Jungle Book, to name a few. He has been teaching at Owens for 19 years and works with students and teachers to create high-quality assemblies and talent shows throughout the school year. Frank has also guided the development of the Performing Arts section at the Boys and Girls Club of Kern County, with his groups performing at numerous national Boys and Girls Club conventions around the United States. Additionally, Frank coordinates the summer Performing Arts program through the Boys and Girls Club, that is open to students of all ages. Frank also acts and directs at Starts Theatre.
Kelci Cerri joined the Performing Arts team in 2016 and has done an amazing job! Her area of expertise is dance and choreography. Her experience at Stars Theatre and teaching dance at CSUB has transferred into outstanding musical dance theater numbers at Owens Intermediate. Kelci's humble, soft-spoken demeanor enables her to interact with students in a very positive way, encouraging the reluctant dancer/actor to take risks in trying new things. Kelci also partners with Frank Sierra in the Boys and Girls Club Summer Performing Arts Program to create a top-notch acting experience for students.
Owens Intermediate is so fortunate to have people like Frank Sierra and Kelci Cerri mentoring our students in the Performing Arts. Their devotion to kids and to The Arts makes them the perfect team for our Owens Intermediate GATE Magnet Program!