10 Dec Bringing out kid’s creative potential, Pete Bush, Marchelle Turner and Micah Swint
As Pete says, he’s a music teacher for 700 of the best kids in the world. But he has even bigger plans (more about that later).
Pete moved here from NJ after being a full-time performer (singer, actor, director, magician, balloonist, costumed character – whatever paid the bills) in NJ, NYC and Philly to set his wife up with her new job in Atlanta. He plan was to continue south and perform with Disney. While waiting for the green light from Orlando, he started as a substitute teacher at Kincaid Elementary here in Marietta.
Then in fell in love with the kids and knew he was meant to stay.
Over 4 years ago, he started PSBcreative, a full service theatrical production company. This venture was a natural progression since Kincaid elementary was earning an excellent reputation for putting on high quality shows.
The team created an original rock musical specifically for young performers that deals with bullying which received really cool media coverage and now is represented by a soundtrack on iTunes.
Currently Pete and his team facilitate two after-school arts programs that annually gives thousands back to Kincaid. We have 1000s of costumes, props, scenic pieces (most of which as stored in Pete’s basement – he has an amazingly understanding wife) that are available to rent.
Pete hopes to eventually get a “show bus” on the road so we can bring our costumes, etc. to schools and help them strengthen their programs. Sort of like a Wells Fargo Wagon from the old days but instead we’re loaded up with show stuff and that shows up in school’s parking lot. We believe that putting on a show can be an amazing community builder. We really want to become known to groups that may not have the means to furnish a show. We believe there\’s an infinite amount of positive ripples for a student, school and community through participating in programs such as our\’s.
PSBcreative is now energized by a team of veteran educators and performing arts professionals who each are passionate about our mission to help as many schools and community groups as we possibly can. Some of my former students come back and work with us. We have a production in December which has been designed, choreographed and directed by a former student.
In early 2017 we’ll begin rehearsals for an exciting endeavor that we’ve never attempted before. We\’re going to bring open-air theatre to Cobb County. We’ll be performing Alice in Wonderland, outside on a playscape, under the lights at night. My team thinks I\’m crazy (and I am) but they\’re used to it by now. With each project we must seek opportunities to grow by challenging ourselves. It believe this one will be one of our most inspired productions yet.