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Scholarships open for ABT’s summer academy ages 7-19

Staff Report~ 4/23/2014

Arizona Broadway Theatre announced on April 18 that it has opened its annual call for scholarship entries for the ABT Academy For Young Performers Summer Experience.
ABT’s academy provides Valley children (ages 7-19) interested in the performing arts the opportunity to explore their creativity and expand their imagination, while learning from some of the top professional actors, dancers and singers from across the nation.
Formed as part of ABT’s mission to educate people about theatrical expression and support the Valley’s performing arts culture, the academy is an educational program that helps build the arts locally.
The application and guidelines for the 2014 scholarship process can be found on the ABT website. Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis.
In 2013, ABT’s academy scholarships awarded 23 young thespians full or partial scholarships—thanks to grants, donations from individuals and corporate sponsorships. This year, with the help of a $5,000 grant from the Arizona Community Foundation that will be used to pay for program costs, as well as assist with scholarships, ABT will again award those in need.
The 2014 sessions for Academy for Young Performers span from June through August, and are divided by age group. All of ABT’s Academy classes are designed to appeal to beginners as well as those with prior theater experience to ensure a well-rounded camp for all who participate. Each session focuses on acting, music and movement instruction.
Academy No. 1: The Three Piggy Opera
Dates: June 2 – 6
Ages: 7 - 9
Synopsis: “The Three Piggy Opera”– A spoof of the classic fairy tale, this musical brings to life all the returning characters, plus maybe a few new ones, as well.
Academy No. 2: Rent (School Edition)
Dates: June 9 – 27
Ages: 13 – 19
Synopsis: “Rent”– the Tony Award winning rock musical, based upon Puccini's heartfelt opera “La bohème,” tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists doing their best to survive, love and create in New York City's gritty Lower East Side. This school edition of the musical brings life lessons to the stage in an age-appropriate manner for young adult performers who desire to perform a real-world musical. Songs include “La Vie Bohème”,“Seasons of Love” and the title tune, “Rent.”
Academy No. 3: Missoula Children’s Theatre’s Robin Hood
Dates: July 14 – 18
Ages: 5 – 19
Synopsis: “Missoula Children’s Theatre’s Robin Hood”– This classic folktale springs to life in MCT’s new musical adaptation, which features dozens of roles for students from kindergarten through high school, is a collaboration between the Missoula Children’s Theatre and Arizona Broadway Theatre Academy for Young Performers.
Academy No. 4: The Best Musical Ever!!!
Dates: July 21 – 25
Ages: 10 – 12
Synopsis: “The Best Musical Ever!!!” – A celebration of friendship, family, happiness, wonder, imagination and, of course, music, this show engages all the creative talents of the cast, staff and crew as they all work together to bring to life on the ABT stage … “The Best Musical Ever!!!”
For more information about Arizona Broadway Theatre, its youth outreach programs or to purchase tickets for an upcoming show, call the box office at 623-776-8400 or visit azbroadway.org.