OCTOBER 2, 2021

5:30 PM – 9:00 PM


18301 Lincoln Meadows Parkway
Parker, Colorado 80134

We invite you to join us at the Stars in Arts Gala to support Performing Arts Academy!

This year’s gala will be a hybrid event, where guests may choose to attend in-person or virtually from their home.
A limited number of in-person tickets will be available for those who would like to join us at The Vehicle Vault in Parker, CO for dinner, dancing, music, performances, live auction, and more!
Our at-home guests will be able to watch the live broadcast of the Gala performances and presentations, as well as participate in the online silent auction and a modified live-auction.
Help us transform our community and our world through performing arts! PAA serves over 750 families in the South Metro Denver area, including at-risk children who struggle to access performing arts education.
Please join us on this exciting night! In-person tickets are limited, and this event WILL SELL OUT! Buy your tickets today!

Gala Schedule

5:00 PM
Online Silent Auction Opens

5:30 pm
Cocktail Hour

6:30 pm
Catered Dinner

7:30 pm
Live Gala Programming

8:30 pm
Live Gala Programming Ends
In-Person Dancing 

5:30 PM – 9:00 PM


18301 Lincoln Meadows Parkway
Parker, Colorado 80134

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Relaxing Weekend in Wine Country

Experience the Art of Relaxation at the Mount View Hotel & Spa in downtown Calistoga, California:

  • 3-night stay in King Winery Suite or Artist Cottage
  • Chauffeured winery tour and tastings at three prestigious wineries in Napa Valley
  • Delicious lunch served on wine tour
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Trip can be completed anytime in the next 24 months!
Nuggets Box at the Pepsi Center
Saturday, November 6th at 3pm against the Houston Rockets! A suite at the Pepsi Center for 20, includes 4 parking passes.

Premiere Bourbon Collection

An amazing collection of 13 Bourbons!

  • Eagle Rare – 10 Year Single Barrell
  • George Dickel 15 Year Single Batch – 2021 1st Quarter Best Whiskey
  • Bookers – 2020 Pigskin Batch
  • Buffalo Trace – The best!
  • Blanton’s – The all time classic with the “S” stopper
  • Weller Special Reserve – Premium entry level bourbon
  • Weller 12 – Incredibly rare 12 year
  • Stagg Jr – Aged for nearly a decade, Stagg Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon is the younger brother of the acclaimed George T. Stagg
  • 1792 Full Proof – 2020 Whiskey of the Year
  • Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch – Bottled in Bond. Good luck in finding one!
  • Bardstown The Prisoner – Perhaps the finest finished bourbon ever…Kentucky bourbon finished in The Prisoner wine barrels
  • Yellowstone AGS Select – AGS Construction’s co-owner Marty Davidson hand picked the barrel for this amazing treat!
  • Elija Craig Barrel Proof – Batch 8521 – 12 Year Old 118.2 Proof – Voted best barrel proof bourbon by ADHD Whiskey
PAA Golden Tickets
Winner receives 2 tickets to each performance held in 2022! That’s 5 performances in the Spring, 12 performances in the Summer, and 5 performances in the Fall of musicals and plays! These tickets are transferable, but the winner will need to alert PAA’s Operations Manager at least 48 hours in advance.
Michael Jordan – Bulls “Final Shot”
This exclusive item features a 16×20 of the “Final Shot” Michael Jordan ever took playing for the Chicago Bulls in Game 6 of the June 14, 1998 NBA Playoffs. The crowd is in black and white and the image of Michael is in color.
Romantic Bali 7-Night Stay For 2

With peaceful surroundings, this private villa resort offers ocean-view villas and suites, a private infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, a massage bungalow, and outdoor dining pavilion. Take a long soak after breakfast in the jewel toned infinity pool with swim up pool bar and you’ll find that mornings turn to days, days turn to night. . . .each day, slipping by effortlessly, as Balinese staff and a private driver caters to your every need.

Flour Shop Rainbow Pop-Up Cake Kit with Rainbow Melamine Bowls

Discover the playful magic of Flour Shop – one of the world’s most colorfully creative bakeries. We teamed up with the shop’s brilliantly artistic founder, Amirah Kassem, to bring you this special kit, which has everything you need to whip up a dozen of the famous rainbow-hued push pops at home. The decadent treats boast six layers of vibrant vanilla cake layered with vanilla frosting and colorful sprinkles. Making them is a fun project for the whole family, and eating them makes any day feel like a special occasion. Makes 12 push pops

William Sonoma Gin Making Kit with Wrenbury Barware Gin Glasses
Make your own high-quality small-batch gin at home, perfect for mixing cocktails or sharing as a gift. This kit contains everything you need to transform a bottle of vodka into a unique, delicious home blend of gin in just 36 hours. Brimming with bright notes of citrus, herbs and spices, the finished product rivals the flavor, aroma and complexity of craft distillery gin. Comes with a bottle of vodka (because that’s how gin begins) and 2 specialty glasses!

Courtland Sutton signed 8×10 photo with plaque

This 8×10 photo comes hand signed by Broncos Rookie Wide Receiver, Courtland Sutton and comes with a 10×13 sublimated marble plaque. Sutton has emerged a the Broncos deep threat during the 2018 season. He is first among rookies with ten catches of over 20 yards and tied for first with three catches of 40 or more yards. Sutton has still managed to be a bright spot for the Broncos and looks to continue his great play for years to come. The photo comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and a tamper-resistant hologram on the photo. This process helps to ensure the product is authentic.

Oprah Photo with Laser Signature and Quote Framed

This piece comes with an overall photo of Oprah, a laser-engraved signature, and a quote. Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years from 1986 to 2011.

Parla come mangi! “Speak the way you eat!”
A fantastic basket for pasta lovers filled with Lucini Pasta Sauce (Tuscan Marinara and Roasted Garlic Marinara), Tagliatelle Pasta, specialty pasta strainers and pasta fork with gorgeous tuscan wine towels, 2 bottles of Italian red wine, and finished off with a $25 gift card to Mici for gelato or other Italian treats!
Halloween at Home
Hand-quilted Halloween bag and pot holders with Halloween themed pottery, stationery, cards, kitchen towels, and cocktail napkins.

New York City Broadway Experience!

This INCREDIBLE travel experience for you and a friend includes AIRFARE, a 3-night stay in a 4-star hotel, and two orchestra or front mezzanine tickets to the current broadway show of your choice!* Experience the sights and sounds of the Big Apple, the home of some of the best shows in theatre!

*Subject to availability. Excludes Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Harry Potter, and Frozen.

Top Gun: Maverick Movie Poster

16×20 movie poster with 7 Autographs – Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris and Glen Powell
For the Love of Reading
Amazing gifts for the book-lover in your life! Get cozy with this pillow and blanket. Soothe away stress with fun socks and a hot cup of tea. Breathe in the warm scent of a flickering candle as you enjoy some quiet reading time. This basket includes: a Personal Library Kit, mug, Novel Tea, Decorative Pillow, Stickers, 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle, Warm Throw Blanket, Book scented Candle, Funny Socks, and custom Folded Book Art.

Yellowstone Limited Edition 2020 – aged in Armagnac Casks

While each release of Yellowstone Limited Edition is different, one thing always remains the same: a promise of top-shelf flavor with humble complexities. This year’s offering features a 7-year small-batch bourbon finished in French Armagnac barrels. A rustic, full-bodied brandy, Armagnac boasts notes of toffee, butterscotch, and chocolate, which complements the sweeter flavors of bourbon — especially when paired with the bold, oaky flavor of the 7-year bourbon.

The 2020 Yellowstone Limited Edition also offers a premium new bottle that’s both modern and timeless, making it a natural fit for the Limestone Branch family of spirits. 

101 proof / 50.5% ABV

Holt Orthodontics Gift Certificate

Worth up to $1,000 in personalized and specialty orthodontic care for the braces in your family!

Professional Photo – Bells Aglow

  • 14 x 21 Gallery Mount
  • “Bells Aglow” by Shawn Slade Photography
Arnold Palmer: King of Kings
Arnold Palmer (d/ 9/25/2016) Autographed Augusta National (Masters) Scorecard With Added Inscription Of The Years He Won The Masters – Signed in the following manner “Arnold Palmer 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964” This item comes in it’s own custom designed cherry wood frame with green suede matting, 2 Official Masters Patches, 1 Autographed Augusta National “Masters” Scorecard, 11×14 Photo of The Sports Illustrated Cover (Mr. Palmer’s posthumous cover honoring him as the “King of Kings”) and custom engraved nameplate – museum quality.

Red Ferrari Ride on Toy Car

The Ferrari LaFerrari 12V ride on car comes with an original car paint job. Parents can control the car with the remote control if kids are not able to independently operate it. It even features the cool butterfly doors! Recommended for Children 2-5 Years of Age


Offering over 35 years’ experience in Denver, AGS Construction, Inc. has been building a reputation of being a one-of-a-kind company. AGS Construction is a self-performing company. This means we provide on-time, quality construction work executed by our own in house staff, we do not rely solely on subcontractors to complete your projects. The sub-contractors we do work with have been part of our team for many years, we only work with companies that have been thoroughly vetted to ensure that your work is completed with only the highest-level quality craftsmanship.

The AGS mission statement is simple—because we believe our goals are the same for every job: Complete the job on time, within budget, safely, and always exceed client expectations.

It’s that simple.


Buying or selling a home is more than a transaction, it’s a life-changing experience. After living in Denver for over two decades, we founded The Perfect Home Group to help our neighbors confidently navigate the competitive real estate market across the metro area.

Our commitment, educational support and deep market knowledge will set buyers up for success, Our innovative marketing campaigns and efficient home staging allow sellers to get the best possible offers in the shortest amount of time. If you’re searching for trusted local experts to help you achieve your goals, call Rick and Dani at The Perfect Home Group today.


A home is not a home because of its room dimensions or the color of its walls. It is about how you feel when you walk through the front door.
And the way you can instantly envision your life unfolding there.

This is more than about real estate, this is about your life and your dreams.

Many families are finding that their dream home is no longer working, especially during a pandemic! People are needing more office or “flexible” spaces. My team is ready to help you sell your home at top dollar and find something that will work for you today and into the future.

Keller Williams Executives Realty
640 Plaza Drive, Ste. 300, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129


Graphic design, web design, and marketing expert in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Whether you’re looking to attract new customers, rebrand an existing business, or update your online presence with a beautiful new website, our blend of design, development, and marketing expertise will help you create a stronger, more engaging business that truly thrives.

Berenz Tax, Inc. is a proud supporter of PAA and performing arts. Providing individuals and businesses with professional tax advisory and preparation services, Berenz Tax is located in Littleton and Thornton, CO.

HomeLight empowers people to achieve better outcomes during one of life’s most important events: buying or selling their home. Our vision is a world where every real estate transaction is simple, certain, and satisfying. 

Chris LaMee -Banyan Real Estate, LLC supports PAA and it’s mission in creating community, building character, and inspiring excellence through performing arts education. If you’re looking for a neighborhood that suits your heart and a home that fits your mind and your budget, or an investment property to build your portfolio, you’ve found the right team of professionals. With our commitment to excellence and our vast real estate experience Banyan Real Estate offers a journey like none other when buying and selling.


Comcast NBCUniversal creates incredible technology and entertainment that connects millions of people to the moments and experiences that matter most.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hybrid Gala?

A hybrid gala is a fundraising event where everyone has the option to:

  • Participate in Person
    at the Vehicle Vault, 18301 Lincoln Meadows Pkwy, Parker CO 80134
    (limited space available)


  • Participate virtually from home

PAA’s Stars in Arts Gala will have an hour of live-streamed and pre-recorded video content that ticket holders can attend in person or view from home, including student performances and testimonials, a live auction, and messages from PAA Staff and board members. The Silent Auction portion of the Gala will be just like years past, with a website that makes it easy to bid on the items you like.


Will the Gala be interactive?

Parts of it will be! The silent auction opens Thursday, September 30th at 5:00 PM and just like in past years, the silent auction is entirely online and can be accessed easily by your mobile device or computer. A link will be emailed to all ticket holders once the silent auction opens. You can purchase your tickets here. The silent auction closes at 7:30 PM, Saturday, October 2nd.

For In Person ticket holders, Happy Hour at the venue, the Vehicle Vault, opens at 5:30pm. For At-Home ticket holders live streaming begins at 7:30pm. During this event we will have live video streaming from our evening’s emcee as well as pre-recorded video segments from our students and staff.

The interactive part of the evening will come in the form of our live auction. We have some REALLY exciting items lined up for our live auction and you will be able to bid on them using your mobile device or computer.


How do I bid during the silent auction?

The website for the silent auction is very easy to use! Just log in with your ticket holder email address, click on the item you want to bid on, enter your bid, and submit. You’ll be notified by text and/or email when you are outbid or when you are the winner.


How do I bid during the live auction?

On the same site where you will be bidding on Silent Auction Items, there will be a section labeled Live Auction. Once logged in you’ll see the button to “Bid Now” where you can enter your bid.

How do I watch the Gala?

The night of the Gala, Saturday, October 2nd, ticket holders will be emailed a link to the live Gala programming where you can watch our live presenters. You will be able to watch on any device with a screen and a web browser that is connected to the internet.

More details coming soon…stay tuned!


I won! How do I pick up my auction item?

Congratulations!! Auction item pick-up will take place Sunday, October 3rd from Noon – 4:00 PM, at our County Line location, 5690 County Line Pl., Highlands Ranch, CO 80129.


What is the Gala for?

The Stars in Arts Gala is an annual fundraiser benefitting the Performing Arts Academy, a non-profit in South Denver providing performing arts education for students ages 3-18. You can read more about PAA and their Outreach Program.

Do I need to dress up?

The theme of the Stars in Arts Gala 2021 is As Time Goes By. Throughout the evening, we will be highlighting different periods of time when musical theatre was a huge part of the world’s community. Everyone is encouraged to dress up from their favorite decade! Keep a look out for details and trivia of what productions were all the rage during your favorite decade. If you are a Virtual ticket holder and do decide to dress up, we’d love to see your amazing ensemble! Post your photos to your favorite social media account and tag them with #starsinartsgala. We’d love to include them in our wrap up eNewsletter! Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.


Can kids attend the Gala?

Absolutely! Bask the splendor of the Gala in person from 5:30-9:00 PM or enjoy a meal with each other then turn on the Gala from the comfort of your own home! A Family pack of tickets is for 4 people and includes fun drinks for kids as well as a special version of our printed Gala program that includes activities the kids can complete during the live programming.

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In honor of our 15-year Anniversary, we are offering 15% off Spring Classes when students register for 2 or more classes!

The same student must be registered in both classes for the discount to apply.
Offer expires Monday, January 31


John Boggs

John Boggs is a pianist, composer and vocalist based currently in Thornton, Colorado. He holds a DMA in Composition from the University of Colorado Boulder, a M.M. in Composition from the University of Michigan and a B.F.A. from Bard College. Previous piano instructors include German Diez and MaryAnn Griebling. He taught students of all ages and experience during his undergraduate and graduate studies.

At Bard College he studied voice with tenor Rufus Müller. He has sung such roles as Jamie in The Last Five Years, The Lecturer in Reefer Madness, and El Gallo in The Fantasticks. He teaches repertoire in the genres of musical theater, art song, pop and opera. He currently is a Choral Pro for both the Ars Nova singers and the St. John’s Episcopal Compline Choir. In 2016, John co-founded Renaissance and Contemporary a cappella group, Solis, to promote new works from local and national composers.

His music direction includes Pippin and Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Bard Musical Theater Company. In 2017 he music directed Centerstage Theater Company’s production of Godspell, and most recently their 2021 production of Theory of Relativity.

He has had composition premiers by such groups as the American Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan’s Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir, DaCapo Chamber Players, Ars Nova Singers, the Columbine Chorale, 303 Children’s Choir (now Vocal Coalition), the Chamber Music Society of Ohio, and new music ensemble Contemporaneous. He is the co-founder/co-writer as well as the keyboardist and vocalist for experimental rock band Fifth Veil, and is delving into the world of film and interactive game scoring.

He also has experience teaching students with developmental disabilities. He provided accompaniment for Tapestry Theater’s productions of Elf, School House Rocks and Shrek Jr. He was previously employed with Imagine’s CORE day program, where he instructed group music classes using midi over wifi to create the feeling of being in a band and orchestra.



Amy Arpan

Amy Arpan has worked professionally as an actress, show host, variety artist, improviser, fight choreographer, clown, and director for 22 years.

She is represented by Radical Artists Agency, and you may have seen her competing in the ‘Dish Network Challenge’ and zooming along on an electric scooter in the ‘Colorado Lottery’ Commercials.

Past local credits include Ella Enchanted at the Arvada Center; Mrs. Soames in Our Town at Miners Alley; the Conductor and Engineer in The Polar Express; Madame Volange in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Miners Alley; Characters in Crisis for the Colorado Police Departments; and directing Fright Fest and the Summer Illusion Shows at Elitch Gardens. She is also a local weekly Trivia and Bingo Host.

Favorite out of State Credits and Clients
include: Nickelodean, Royal Caribbean,
Disney Cruise Lines, & Cedar Fair Theme Parks , Shakespeare Carolina, ChickSpeare, The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte,.

In addition to Clowning around with her Ringling Brother’s Circus School training, she is also fond of Juggling, Improv-ing, Performing Magic, Balloon Twisting, Lip Print Reading, Stilt Walking, Mascot work, Puppeteering, Show Hosting, and Character Roaming. She has been the owner and principal performer for Amy Arpan’s Illusions And Confusions since its founding in 1998.

Katie Reid Milazzo

Katie is thrilled to be returning to her beautiful home state of Colorado after 15 years away performing and teaching professionally, and she is very excited to be joining PAA! National Tours: South Pacific (Nellie Forbush), 'S Wonderful (Jane), Annie (Ronnie Boylan). Regional: Last Five Years (Cathy), Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), Princess and the Pea (Queen u/s), Land of Forgotten Toys (Queen), Full Monty (Pam), Ordinary Days (Claire), B’way: The Big Band Years (featured singer), Sweeney Todd, The Who's Tommy. BFA Musical Theater from The University of Oklahoma. In Chicago, Katie taught and directed at several performing arts programs, directing/music directing over 20 shows with ages K - 12. She especially loves working one on one with students and believes in the transformative power of theater for everyone!


Jennifer Maggi

Jennifer Maggi grew up dancing in Orange County, California at the Pacific School of Ballet from the age of 5 to 18. Throughout her years there, she trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, and Tap. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from California State University, Fullerton with an emphasis in Ballet and Modern. While completing her degree, Jennifer performed and choreographed for numerous professional dance shows and showcases as well as participated in the Limon Dance Intensive under Collin Connor. After graduating, Jennifer returned to Cal State Fullerton to choreograph the BFA Musical Theatre main stage productions of Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party, and Cry Baby. In 2014, Jennifer was cast as a performer at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California where she danced and portrayed famous Disney characters in the Pixar Play Parade, Paint the Night Parade, The Frightfully Fun Parade, and The Christmas Fantasy Parade. She moved to Denver in May 2019 and is so excited to join the team at PAA and share her passion for dance with her students.

Jana Wesson

Jana Wesson is thrilled to be back at PAA! As a former alumni, Jana is excited to be continuing with PAA as a staff of the outreach program. Since her last show in 2013 Jana has gone on to do community theatre at the Pace Center and Wesley Players Theatre Company, starring in shows such as Singin’ In The RainMary Poppins, The Music Man and many more!

McKensey Struzik

McKensey graduated from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts with a BA in Acting and a Minor in Musical Theatre in 2016.  Since, she has taught children’s theatre at various studios in Virginia as well as in Colorado.  She has taught dance, private voice and group acting classes as well as choreographed, music directed many productions.  She has tap danced for 17 years and had the opportunity to study under tap dancers such as Savion Glover, Chloe Arnold, Maude Arnold, and Jason Janas.  She is thrilled to teach tap with PAA this year and can’t wait to get started.

Andrew McGlothen

Andrew McGlothen is thrilled to be back for his 2nd summer with PAA. Originally from Texas, Andrew has been fabricator, scenic painter, director and actor for over a decade. He’s had the privilege to work for companies like the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, Denver Comic Con, Visionbox Studio and many others. If you need something designed or created, he’s your guy. When not working in theatre Andrew is a Graphic Designer and coffee snob. He’d like to thank his husband and dogs for the support and PAA for the opportunity!”


Melanie Ware

Melanie has been with PAA as their Properties Master for six years and teaching classes for five. Melanie received her BA in Theatre from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in May of 2016. Between Acting, Directing and Properties Design she has roughly 12 years of theatrical experience. Favorite PAA design credits include: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown!, Tarzan, Mary Poppins and The Addams Family.




Stephanie Hesse

Stephanie is thrilled to join PAA, and is very proud of this group of talented kids!  With a BA in both Theatre and Dance from Colorado Mesa University,  Stephanie has performed with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Avatar Movement Dance Company, and in several musicals in the Denver area including 9 to 5, 42nd Street, Crazy For You, and West Side Story. Choreography credits include: A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder, Hello Dolly!, She Loves Me, 13: The Musical, and Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr.