Performing Arts Academy to perform “Cinderella”Jun 24th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Community
The Performing Arts Academy of St. Bernard Parish is proud to announce its rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Evening performances at 7 p.m., on June 27 – 28 and July 5 – 6. Two special matinee performances will be played on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, July 7 at 2 p.m., during which audience members are invited to come dressed in royal attire. Photo opportunities with Cinderella and Prince Charming available from 1 – 1:30 p.m.
All tickets are $12 for both adults and children and can be purchased from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday-Friday at the front office of the Chalmette High Lacoste Campus. Tickets will also be on sale at the Chalmette Cultural Arts Center’s box office from 4 – 6 p.m. For more ticket information, contact Robin Calecas at 504.272.0302.
This performance will mark The Academy’s 12th year of production and its third year of residence at Chalmette High School’s Cultural Arts Center. The theater boasts 426 seats, an orchestra pit, and a special effects production stage with lighting and sound.
The Academy’s talented 76-member production will have a dual cast that will feature students and alumni from St. Bernard Parish Public Schools. The production promises to transport children of all ages to a magical place where Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother will fly through the air with professional flight choreography by ZFX Flying Effects.
The full theatrical set is being constructed in conjunction with Spangenberg Maloney Studios. Theater goers will be amazed by the captivating dances, majestic music, custom costumes and poignant yet delightful telling of this classic tale.
A 30-piece orchestra, composed of students, alumni and professional musicians from the LPO and The Concert Band of Greater New Orleans, will accompany the cast.
The cast features a host of talented young artists such as Michaela Kramer and Julie Montalbano who will share the role of “Cinderella.” As well as Daniel Barber and Tomas Latapie who will charm audiences as the dual casted “Prince Christopher.” Scarlett Saizan and Tiffany Treadaway will glide through the air and sprinkle magic fairy dust as they trade off as the “Fairy Godmother.”
Founded by Charles Cassar in 2002, The Performing Arts Academy is an intensive summer program focused on creating artistic, educational opportunities that will increase students‚Äô rounding in the performing and technical disciplines of theatre, music, dance, costume and set design, lighting, sound and special effects operation. This is achieved through study and rehearsal of a full length play. The program is under the Artistic Direction of Arianna Cassar and housed in the 90,000-square-foot Cultural Arts Center at Chalmette High School. Over the years, this wonderful student-based program has been made possible through the generosity of The Joseph and Arlene Meraux Charitable Foundation, Cheryl and Joe Georgusis, Mr. Albert Carey and the Chalmette High Cultural Arts Foundation, Dorothy Benge and the Delacroix Corporation, The Bienvenu Family, Valero Oil, Gulf Coast Bank, and the St. Bernard Parish School Board.