ABT Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for Summer Performing Arts Camps

ABT Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for Summer Performing Arts Camps

Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) today announced it has opened its annual call for scholarship entries for the popular 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 has successfully demonstrated community interest in building the arts in the Valley.

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 (ACF) 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 theatre experience to ensure a well-rounded camp for all who participate. Each session focuses on acting, music and movement instruction.

Academy #1: The Three Piggy Opera
Dates: June 2 - 6, 2014
Ages: 7 - 9

Synopsis: The Three Piggy Opera - A delightful spoof of the classic fairy tale, this laugh-a-minute musical brings to life all the characters you remember and maybe a few new ones as well! You never know what might happen with the charming shenanigans of The Three Piggy Opera!

Academy #2: Rent (School Edition)
Dates: June 9 - 27, 2014
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 acclaimed musical brings valuable 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", the soulful hit "Seasons of Love" and of course the explosive title tune, "Rent"!

Academy #3: Missoula Children's Theatre's Robin Hood
Dates: July 14 - 18, 2014
Ages: 5 - 19

Synopsis:Missoula Children's Theatre's Robin Hood - This classic folktale springs to life in MCT's vibrant new musical adaptation. Featuring dozens of roles for students from kindergarten through high school, Robin Hood is yet another in the long line of exhilarating collaborations between the Missoula Children's Theatre and Arizona Broadway Theatre Academy for Young Performers.

Academy #4: The Best Musical Ever!!!
Dates: July 21 - 25, 2014
Ages: 10 - 12

Synopsis:The Best Musical Ever!!! - A celebration of friendship, family, happiness, wonder, imagination and, of course, music, this exciting 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!!!

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.

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