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! Mark your calendars for Monday August 2nd when tickets go on sale!

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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 through the internet and watching the event via live streaming

PAA’s Stars in Arts Gala will have an hour and a half 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 5:30 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 the ticket holder 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 and pre event content will begin running for Virtual ticket holders at 7:00pm on October 2nd.

The Gala event is from 7:30-9:00 PM on Saturday, October 2nd. Virtual ticket holders will be sent a link where you may watch the Gala event. 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.


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 5:30-9:00pm 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 themed drinks (Shirley Temple or sparkling cider for the kids!) as well as a special version of our printed Gala program that includes activities the kids can complete during the live programming.

More details coming soon… Get your family pack of tickets today!

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!


How do I get my drink packs/table decorations?

Drink Pack, Programs, and Table Decoration pick-up for Virtual ticket holders will take place Friday, October 1st from 2-6pm, location TBD

This program will outline the schedule for the 90 minutes of live programming as well as show you the live auction times and answer some questions about how to bid and pick up your won auction items.


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

Congratulations!! Auction item pick-up will take place Sunday, October 3rd from 2-6pm, location TBD.


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.

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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.



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!


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.

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.