Academy of Performing Arts, Luanna Luxton Armstrong B.A.T.D., Director

News Archive

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June 2017 to May 2018

Mark May 5th and 6th on your Calendars! (Poster)

On those dates the Academy of Performing Arts will celebrate its 17th Annual Children’s Theatre Performance with the production of Peter Pan, directed and produced by Luanna Luxton Armstrong.  Our original adaptation of the classic tale brings the story to life.

The audience will be transported to Neverland, a place where dreams are born and things are never planned.  Come to Neverland, the Island of the lost boys led by Peter Pan and opposed by the wicked Captain Hook and his band of scurvy pirates.

The dancers, actors, dazzling costumes, and props along with classical and top-of-the-charts contemporary music and dance styles create a unique, one-of-a-kind theatre experience. The talented dancers of all ages performing ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop, acrobatics, and cabaret are woven into the fabric of the show and enrich the story.

Daniel Jenkins brings charm and tension to the role of PETER PAN, the eternal boy.  CAPTAIN HOOK, Peter’s nemesis, is portrayed by seasoned actor Aaron Jenkins. The three Darling children, WENDY, JOHN, and MICHAEL - played by Sophie Swedene, Tristan Walcher, and Joshua Jenkins bring reality to the magical Island.  Rowan Maulden shares with the audience the events of that fateful London night as NURSE NANA.  Mikayla Steudle is a delight as the mischievous pixie TINKERBELL.

The issues raised in Peter Pan are more complicated and difficult than those of most traditional fairy tales. There is, of course, the battle between good and evil. But there is more.  The question of what it means to grow up and the pain that accompanies the process is central to this story and sets it apart from others of the genre.

Once again, the Academy is proud to acknowledge the enthusiasm and support of the whole community, and the many contributors not only to this presentation but to all of our past productions.

Dates: Saturday, May 5th at 6 p.m.
          Sunday, May 6th at 2 p.m.

Place: DreamMakers Theater, Kewadin Casino
         Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Tickets: Adults $15, Children (12 & Under) $10

Available at the Kewadin Box Office 1-800-KEWADIN or 906-635-4917 and at the door

 

Snow White Photos Are Here!

The Fall Newsletter is Here!

Get Ready for 2017 Fall Registration: Friday, September 8!

And check out our new classes: Water Ballet and Adult Hip-Hop!

New! Water Ballet Class! Click on the image for more info. New! Adult Hip-Hop Class! Click on the image for more info.
Academy of Performing Arts, Luanna Luxton Armstrong BATD, Director - Celebrating our 17th Season - 
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No Classes This Summer -- See You in the Fall!

The Academy of Performing Arts will not be offering classes this summer. However, the schedule for Fall 2017 is now available. Download the class schedule.

See you in the Fall!

 

August 2016 to May 2017

Mark May 6th and 7th on your Calendars! (Poster)

On those dates the Academy of Performing Arts will celebrate its 16th Annual Children’s Theatre Performance with the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, directed and produced by Luanna Luxton Armstrong.  Our original adaptation of the classic tale brings the story to life.

The Magic Mirror, will transport the audience to a time long ago when a Princess named Snow White was forced to flee into the forest to escape the wrath and jealousy of an Evil Queen.

It was there, in the forest, that she found love and protection in the home of the Seven Dwarfs. And it was there that she was saved from the sleeping death by love’s first kiss.

The dancers, actors, dazzling costumes and props along with classical and top of the charts contemporary music and dance styles create a unique one of a kind theatre experience.  The talented dancers ranging from age three to adult performing ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop, acrobatics and cabaret are woven into the fabric of the show and enrich the story.

Taylor Masters brings charm and sweetness to the role of SNOW WHITE.  PRINCE CHARMING is portrayed by a seasoned dancer and actor Harry Worden. Both Taylor and Harry have appeared in all the Academy’s productions over the past 16 years and have brought joy to audiences every time. The voice of the MAGIC MIRROR is brought to life by Tim Ellis of Eagle Radio as he narrates parts of the story.  Lisa Chambers as the OLD CRONE will captivate you.  Luanna Luxton Armstrong reigns as the EVIL QUEEN. The HUNTSMAN and the PEASANT WOMAN with the poisoned combs are played by Will Odbert and Christal Matchinski. THE SEVEN DWARFS are: Michael Bontrager, Brooklyn Parish, Kaylie Crimin, Kiahna Sanderson, Audrey Jacobs, Ava Jacobs and Madison Wilton.

The lessons of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs remind us of the truth that marks all beloved fairy tales. True beauty resides in a pure and loving heart.  Such beauty cannot be destroyed - it is eternal, unlike the fleeting, superficial beauty of the Evil Queen that fades with the passage of time. Unselfishness, friendship, loyalty and commitment in the service of good will always win out in the end.

Once again, the Academy is proud to acknowledge the enthusiasm and support of the whole community, and the many contributors not only to this presentation but to all of our past productions.

Dates: Saturday, May 6th at 6 p.m.
Dates: Sunday, May 7th at 2 p.m.

Place: DreamMakers Theater, Kewadin Casino
         Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Tickets: Adults $15, Children (12 & Under) $10

Available at the Kewadin Box Office 1-800-KEWADIN or 906-635-4917 and at the door

Our November Newsletter is Here!

Check out our November newsletter!

And don't forget: Fall classes END on Friday, December 23rd, 2016. ALL parents are invited to observe their child’s class during the week of December 12th-15th. Come watch them dance and shine!

Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017.

Get Ready for 2016 Fall Registration: Friday, September 9

For complete information about the Academy and our classes, see:

 

Life is the music that dances through our days,
our nights, and our years


~Flavia


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