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Summer Camp

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Registration Opens January 15th!

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Performing Arts Academy offers 1-week and 2-week Theatre Summer Camps for Pre-K, elementary, middle, and high school age groups in the South Denver area. All Summer Camps occur during the months of June and July. Please note that Summer Camps fill up quickly, and several have audition dates that fall before the camp starts.

Summer Camps by Age Group

Please use the student's grade in the 2021/2022 school year

Early Elementary
Grades K – 2

For our youngest students (Kindergarten – 2nd Grade), PAA provides week long, 1/2 day programs (9am-12pm) that are filled with fun activities including theatre, crafts, snack and outdoor time (weather permitting). The emphasis is on learning, engagement and social development through fun and playful exploration of a weekly theme. The week concludes with a Shareformance where students can show what they learned during the week.

JUNE 14-18

Grades K-2
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
1 Cast of 20 Students

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Elementary
Grades 3-6

2nd graders with prior PAA production experience are welcome. Please contact producer@paacolorado.org.

Elementary summer camps start the day with a morning conversation around a positive, enriching value or theme for the day, such as compassion. leadership and communication. There is also wrap up time at the end of the day, to conclude the day with reflection on the day’s value or theme. Students embark on a journey of putting on a fully-staged 30 minute musical.

These programs are either one week long, running from 9 am – 4 pm, including a lunch time (campers bring a lunch) or two weeks long, where campers will be placed in either the am session (8:30 am – 12:30 pm) or pm session (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm) with a short snack break (campers bring a snack). These are action-packed and challenging weeks, fully of learning, fun and friends! Students will study acting, music and dance as part of the rehearsal process, which will include technical elements such as lights, sound, set, costumes, props, and projections. These programs end with a fully-staged performance!

Elementary Audition Information
Students audition prior to the start of the program, however, upon enrollment, every student has a place in the cast (or technical team). The auditions allow the teaching artists to find the best role for each student. Auditions are 45 minutes long in small groups, have music, dance, and acting sections, and are structured to provide a supportive atmosphere where students are encouraged to be brave and show the team engagement, willingness to learn, and a positive, collaborative spirit. No previous experience is needed.

JUNE 1-5

Grades 4-9
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
2 Casts of 25 Students

JUNE 7-18

Grades 2-7
AM Cast 8:30 – 12:30
PM Cast 1:00 – 5:00
2 Casts of 25 Students

JULY 5-9

Grades 3-6
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
2 Casts of 25 Students

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Middle School
Grades 6-8

Middle School camps start the day with a morning conversation around a positive, enriching value or theme for the day, such as compassion, leadership, and communication. There is also wrap up time at the end of the day, which concludes the day with reflection on the day’s value or theme. Students embark on a journey of putting on a fully-staged 60 minute musical.

These programs are either one week long, running from 9 am – 4 pm, including a lunch time (campers bring a lunch) or two weeks long, where campers will be placed in either the am session (8:30 am – 12:30 pm) or pm session (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm) with a short snack break (campers bring a snack). These are action-packed and challenging weeks, fully of learning, fun and friends! Students will study acting, music and dance as part of the rehearsal process, which will include technical elements such as lights, sound, set, costumes, props, and projections. These programs end with a fully-staged performance!

Middle School Audition Information
Students audition prior to the start of the program, however, upon enrollment, every student has a place in the cast (or technical team). The auditions allow the teaching artists to find the best role for each student. Auditions are 45 minutes long in small groups, have music, dance, and acting sections, and are structured to provide a supportive atmosphere where students are encouraged to be brave and show the team engagement, willingness to learn, and a positive, collaborative spirit. No previous experience is needed.

JUNE 1-11

Grades 7-12
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
2 Casts of 25 Students

JUNE 7-18

Grades 2-7
AM Cast 8:30 – 12:30
PM Cast 1:00 – 5:00
2 Casts of 25 Students

JUNE 14-25

Grades 7-12
AM Cast 8:30 – 12:30
PM Cast 1:00 – 5:00
2 Casts of 25 Students

JUNE 21-25

Grades 6-12 AM Group 9:00 – 12:00 PM Group 12:30 – 3:30 2 Groups of 15 Students

JULY 12-23

Grades 7-12 AM Cast 8:30 – 12:30 PM Cast 1:00 – 5:00 2 Casts of 25 Students

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High School
Grades 9-12

High School camps start the day with a morning conversation around a positive, enriching value or theme for the day, such as compassion. leadership and communication. There is also wrap up time at the end of the day, which concludes the day with reflection on the day’s value or theme. Students embark on a journey of putting on a fully-staged 60 minute musical.

These programs are either one week long, running from 9 am – 4 pm, including a lunch time (campers bring a lunch) or two weeks long, where campers will be placed in either the am session (8:30 am – 12:30 pm) or pm session (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm) with a short snack break (campers bring a snack). These are action-packed and challenging weeks, fully of learning, fun and friends! Students will study acting, music and dance as part of the rehearsal process, which will include technical elements such as lights, sound, set, costumes, props, and projections. These programs end with a fully-staged performance!

High School Audition Information
Students audition prior to the start of the program, however, upon enrollment, every student has a place in the cast (or technical team). The auditions allow the teaching artists to find the best role for each student. **The conservatory program Mama Mia has a different audition policy** Auditions are 45 minutes long in small groups, have music, dance, and acting sections, and are structured to provide a supportive atmosphere where students are encouraged to be brave and show the team engagement, willingness to learn, and a positive, collaborative spirit. No previous experience is needed.

JUNE 1-11

Grades 7-12
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
2 Casts of 25 Students

JUNE 14-25

Grades 7-12
AM Cast 8:30 – 12:30
PM Cast 1:00 – 5:00
2 Casts of 25 Students

JUNE 21-25

Grades 6-12
AM Group 9:00 – 12:00
PM Group 12:30 – 3:30
2 Groups of 15 Students

JULY 5-16

CONSERVATORY Grades 7-12 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 1 Cast of 30 Students

JULY 12-23

Grades 7-12 AM Cast 8:30 – 12:30 PM Cast 1:00 – 5:00 2 Casts of 25 Students

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Conservatory
Grades 9-12*

*8 grade with prior PAA production experience are welcome. Please contact producer@paacolorado.org.

The Conservatory Theatre program at PAA is our top level program, appropriate for serious, experienced high-school students who want to take their acting, singing, and dancing to the next level. The Conservatory Theatre program is different from our standard high school theatre programs. Students are required to participate in a rigorous audition process. The directors for PAA conservatory theatre programs are all current industry professionals with a vast amount of experience in their field. We expect Conservatory Theatre students to bring a professional level of effort and dedication to each rehearsal. A higher degree of learning and technical application to performance. Through the PAA Conservatory Theatre program, students will gain a level of experience that will prepare them for college theatre programs and beyond.

Conservatory Audition Information
Mama Mia is an advanced level, conservatory program and students are required to audition for a part. Between 25 & 30 students will be accepted into this program. Previous fully staged production theatre experience is required. The auditions are modeled after professional auditions with acting, music, and dance sections. Please come prepared with a 16 bars music selection showing vocal range, a short (1 minute monologue), and be prepared to dance. Auditions will take place on a single day for four hours. Students are requested to stay for the entirety of the audition time. Due to the audition requirements, tuition refunds will be made for students who are not assigned a part. For voluntary cancellations, our cancelation policy will apply.

JULY 5-16

CONSERVATORY
Grades 7-12
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
1 Cast of 30 Students

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Summer Camp Details and Descriptions

Early Elementary
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Dates:
June 14 – 18, 2021
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
1 Cast of 20 Students

Auditions:
Monday, June 14

Shareformance:
Friday, 6/18
11:15 AM

Location:
St. Lukes UMC
8817 S Broadway
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Stephanie Kirk
Director
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TBA
Music Director
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The Little Red Hen (A 15-minute musical) This exciting new program is for K-2nd graders who are new to putting on a musical. Once upon a time there was a Little Red Hen who lived on a Big Farm. She had several fluffy yellow chicks and, as you see, lots of animal friends! One morning, as the Little Red Hen was scratching around the barn, she uncovered some grains of wheat. Excited at her big discovery, she called out to her friends and neighbors saying: If we plant these lovely seeds, we’ll have more grain than we need! And so the classic tale begins of the hen who works hard to make bread from seed, and her lazy friends who won’t help, but want to eat the result of all her solo endeavoring- and the important lesson learned about how the coming to the aid of a friend benefits all. Using a recognizable story already familiar to many younger students, and an achievable 15 minutes of script and score created specifically for early elementary kids, this program is designed to set up beginning actors for a fun, artistic adventure where they learn through applied creativity. As a bridge between the Discovery one-week camps for ages 3-K and the 30 minute musical theatre programs, this camp takes the students on a creative journey which adds a more structured rehearsal element to the day, and teaches the campers how to take a script to performance, including spoken lines, songs and movement.   The focus is on the basics of what a musical is, and how theatre is created to share with an audience.  The production elements are kept simple to keep the focus on the learning. Camp T-shirts will serve as costume (and campers take them home to remember their fun week!), and there will be craft elements created by students and used in storytelling. Some of the week’s skills and experiences:

  • How to read a script – identifying stage directions, character, spoken lines, music, lyrics and scenic descriptions
  • Speaking lines to convey meaning
  • Expressing feelings in character
  • Memorizing spoken lines, music, lyrics, blocking (where you move on stage) and movement Learning the beginning elements of choreography through story-based movement expression
  • Telling a collective story
  • Collaborating by supporting other cast members, showing leadership, and earning positive ways to resolve differences
  • Identifying major points of a story
  • Gaining confidence in speaking and singing in front of others, and on a stage
  • Celebrating a collective success and individual growth
  • Creating story-based crafts for use in the performance
  • Making friends and having fun!

Each day includes drama, dance/movement, story, crafts, play time outside (weather permitting) and snack time (students bring a snack). The week ends with a celebratory shareformance on Friday at 11:00 AM. No experience necessary. Students must be able to clearly communicate their needs, sit and listen to directions for short periods of time, and maintain personal space boundaries. Students must be potty trained.

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Elementary/Middle
Grades 4 – 9

Music & Lyrics by
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

Book by
Jennifer Lee

Based on the Disney film written by Jennifer Lee and directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.

The original Broadway production of Frozen was directed by Michael Grandage and produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

Original Broadway Orchestrations by
Dave Metzger

Original Broadway Music Supervision and Arrangements by
Stephen Oremus

Additional Broadway Dance Arrangements by
David Chase

Frozen JR. Music Adapted and Arranged by
Madeline Smith

Frozen JR. Script Adapted by
Sara Wordsworth

Disney’s Frozen JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Dates:
June 1 – 5, 2021
Tuesday – Saturday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
2 Casts of 25 Students

Auditions:
Saturday, May 1
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Performance:
Saturday, June 5
Cast A: 4:30 PM
Cast B: 7:00 PM

Location:
St. Lukes UMC
8817 S Broadway
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Melanie Kirkpatrick
Director
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Angela Alderson
Music Director
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Madeline Shaffer
Choreographer
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Description:Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

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Elementary
Grades 2-7

Music by
Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics by
Lynn Ahrens

Book by
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Co-Conceived by
Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle Based on the works of Dr. Seuss

Music Supervised, Adapted and Produced by
Bryan Louiselle

Seussical KIDS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Dates:
June 7-18, 2021
Monday – Friday
AM Cast: 8:30-12:30
PM Cast: 1:00 – 5:00
2 Casts of 25 Students

Auditions:
Saturday, May 8
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Performances:
Friday, June 18
AM Cast: 5:00 PM
PM Cast: 6:30 PM

Location:
St. Lukes UMC
8817 S Broadway
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Maggie Tisdale
Director
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Angela Alderson
Music Director
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Joanna Richardson
Choreographer
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Description: “Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical KIDS, a fantastical musical extravaganza. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child, who gets in trouble for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton’s challenge is twofold — not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

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Elementary

Grades 3-6

Music and Lyrics by
ELTON JOHN & TIM RICE

Additional Music and Lyrics by
LEBO M, MARK MANCINA, JAY RIFKIN, and HANS ZIMMER

Book by
ROGER ALLERS & IRENE MECCHI

Based on the Broadway production directed by
Julie Taymor

Music Adapted & Arranged and Additional Music & Lyrics and “Luau Hawaiian Treat” written by Will Van Dyke

“It’s a Small World” written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Disney’s The Lion King KIDS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Dates:
July 5-9, 2021
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
2 Casts of 25 Students

Auditions:
Saturday, June 19
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Performances:
Friday, July 9
Cast A: 4:30 PM
Cast B: 6:00 PM

Location:
St. Lukes UMC
8817 S Broadway
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Morgan Hotchkiss
Director
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Dr. Jim Ramsey
Music Director
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Madeline Shaffer
Choreographer
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Description: The African savannah comes to life on the stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

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Middle School & High School
Grades 7-12

Book and Concept by
ERIC PRICE

Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing.
www.broadwaylicensing.com

Dates:
June 7-11, 2021
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
2 Casts of 25 Students

Auditions:
Saturday, May 15
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Performances:
Friday, June 11
Cast A: 11:00 AM
Cast B: 3:00 PM

Location: St. Lukes UMC 8817 S Broadway Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
ARTISTIC TEAM:

Melanie Kirkpatrick
Director
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Chris Rigolini
Music Director
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Madeline Shaffer
Choreographer
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Description: Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what’s best for her classmates’ love lives, and is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year. But will Emma’s relentless matchmaking get in the way of finding her own happiness? Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, this sparkling new musical features the hit songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. Girl power has never sounded so good!

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Middle School & High School
Grades 7-12

Book and Lyrics by
DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE

Music by
JEANINE TESORI

Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions

Original Production Directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford.

“I’m a Believer” by Neil Diamond “I’m A Believer” (Neil Diamond) (c) 1966 Stonebridge Music, Foray Music.

All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC (SESAC), on behalf of Stonebridge Music, and by Foray Music (SESAC).

All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Shrek The Musical JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Dates:
June 14 – 25, 2021
Monday – Friday
AM Cast: 8:30-12:30
PM Cast: 1:00 – 5:00
2 Casts of 25 Students

Auditions: 
Saturday, May 8
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Performances:
Friday, June 25
AM Cast: 11:00 AM
PM Cast: 3:00 PM

Location:
St. Lukes UMC
8817 S Broadway
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

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Kate Vallee
Director
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Maja Buck
Music Director
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Schehera McKassen
Music Director
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Christopher Lengerich
Choreographer
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Description: Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.  One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task — if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

Middle School & High School
Grades 7-12

Book by
CLAUDIA SHEAR AND TIM FEDERLE

Music by
CHRIS MILLER

Lyrics by
NATHAN TYSEN

Based on the novel by Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

TUCK EVERLASTING: THEATER FOR YOUNG ACTORS EDITION is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com 

Dates:
July 12-23, 2021
Monday – Friday
AM Cast: 8:30-12:30
PM Cast: 1:00 – 5:00
2 Casts of 25 Students

Auditions:
Saturday, June 12
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Performances:
Friday, July 23
AM Cast: 11:00 AM
PM Cast: 3:00 PM

Location:
St. Lukes UMC
8817 S. Broadway
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Morgan Hotchkiss
Director
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Dr. Jim Ramsey
Music Director
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Madeline Shaffer
Choreographer
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Description:

Based on the novel by Natalie Babbitt

What would you do if you had all eternity? 

Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she could have imagined. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tuck’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life, or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.

Based on best-selling children’s classic by Natalie Babbitt and adapted for the stage by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, Tuck Everlasting features a soaring score from Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen.

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Middle School & High School
Grades 7-12

Dates:
June 21 – 25, 2021
Monday – Friday
AM Group: 9:00–12:00
PM Group: 12:30-3:30
2 Groups of 15 Students

Auditions:
None

Shareformance:
None

Location:
St. Lukes UMC
8817 S. Broadway
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Skyler Zurn
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Description: We’re excited to offer this one-week acting camp, Acting for the Screen, for grades 7-12 this summer! In this week long camp, students will work on mastering the more subtle, controlled, and natural expressions and gestures required for film and TV acting. Using scenes from famous movies and TV series, students will learn how to approach acting with the confidence and precision required for more advanced material. We will touch on the business of acting in LA, auditioning for casting directors, best acting tips, how to quickly adapt to material and characters, type casting, and more!

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High School Conservatory
Grades 9-12*

*8 grade with prior PAA production experience are welcome. Please contact producer@paacolorado.org.

Music and Lyrics by
BENNY ANDERSSON BJÖRN ULVAEUS

And some songs with
STIG ANDERSON

Book by
CATHERINE JOHNSON

Originally Conceived by
JUDY CRAYMER

MAMMA MIA! was originally produced in London by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal.

Additional Material & Arrangements
MARTIN KOCH

Music Published by Universal Music Publishing Group and EMI Grove Park Music Inc. and EMI Waterford Music Inc.

Mamma Mia! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Dates:
July 5 – 16, 2021
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
1 Cast of 25-30 Students

Auditions:
Saturday, April 10
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Performances:
Thursday, July 15
Friday, July 16
6:30 PM

Location:
St. Lukes UMC
8817 S. Broadway
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Piper Lindsay Arpan
Director/Choreographer
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TBA
Music Director
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Description: ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

The Conservatory Theatre program at PAA is our top level program, appropriate for serious, experienced high-school students who want to take their acting, singing, and dancing to the next level. The Conservatory Theatre program is different from our standard high school theatre programs. Students are required to participate in a rigorous audition process . The directors for PAA conservatory theatre programs are all current industry professionals with a vast amount of experience in their field. We expect Conservatory Theatre students to bring a professional level of effort and dedication to each rehearsal. No classes. No distractions. A higher degree of learning and technical application to performance. Through the PAA Conservatory Theatre program, students will gain a level of experience that will prepare them for college theatre programs and beyond.

Conservatory Audition Information
Mama Mia is an advanced level, conservatory program and students are required to audition for a part. Between 25 & 30 students will be accepted into this program. Previous fully staged production theatre experience is required. The auditions are modeled after professional auditions with acting, music, and dance sections. Students should prepare a one minute monologue in the style of the show, as well as 16 – 32 bars of music in the style of the show. They should bring dance shoes and be prepared to move in their audition. Auditions will take place on a single day for four hours. Students are requested to stay for the entirety of the audition time. Due to the audition requirements, tuition refunds will be made for students who are not assigned a part. For voluntary cancellations, our cancellation policy will apply.

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Summer Camp Registration

Registration opens on January 15th

Space is limited and registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis. No registration is complete without payment. PAA offers 1, 2, 3, or 4 installment Payment Plans to help you with your family budget. You can read more about available payment options here. After completing your registration form you will be directed to pay online with a credit or debit card. To pay by cash or check please enter the code ccpp into the promo code box. PAA’s Financial Manager will contact you for payment. Please see our Cancellation Policy for details on cancellations and refunds. Financial assistance is available. Please see our Financial Aid page for more information. Financial Aid Applications for Summer are due by February 1st.  Please review our Policies page for a full list of PAA policies.

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Stephanie Kirk

Stephanie has been playing make believe, telling stories, and dancing to music with the youngest friends of PAA since 2016. She believes that body movement, combined with imaginative play, is the perfect introduction to the wide, wonderful world of theater.  Stephanie's goal for her students is to have fun, play hard, and absorb the magic of life that can be presented on the stage. She presents introductory concepts, vocabulary, and body control through engaging repetition so that students of any age can begin to participate in the theater community.

Melanie Kirkpatrick

Artistic Director

Melanie has worked with PAA in various capacities since 2015 and served as producer and director for the Wesley Players since 2013. She has a Bachelors in Theatre from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and also studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. With a strong background in theatre education, administration and corporate event production, Melanie is thrilled to join the team at PAA. Thank you to the amazing Board, staff, parent and student community.

 

 

Angela Alderson

Angela is thrilled to be back with PAA this summer. She is a music educator at Peakview Elementary during the school year. Sharing music with students is her greatest passion and joy! She is a proud mom of 3 and enjoys running, baking, and musical theater.

Madeline Shaffer

Madeline Shaffer grew up teaching and performing with her local studio in southern Illinois. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Jacksonville University and then began working in NYC. While there, she choreographed the Off Broadway production of By Jupiter, worked for 2 years with the cult classic production of 420: The Musical, performed in a national tour, choreographed and directed a new musical, performed in front of the UN, and worked with several high schools and children’s programs choreographing shows and teaching classes. These high school programs include Stagedoor Manor where she has spent her summers choreographing for the past 6 years. While there she was able to work directly with the writer of Evil Dead the Musical to develop the World Premiere of a high school version for that show.  She has choreographed over 30 musical theatre productions and has over 10 years of teaching experience. She moved to Denver in September of 2019 and she is overjoyed to be the new Director of Dance for PAA.

Maggie Tisdale

Maggie Tisdale holds a BFA in Drama from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, where she studied with the Atlantic Theater Company. She has taught in Denver at the DCPA, the Arvada Center, the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, and Play On! Performing Arts. Maggie has appeared in productions at the Denver Center, Arvada Center, Aurora Fox, CO Springs FAC, Denver Children’s Theatre, and is a company member with the Catamounts in Boulder.

Joanna Richardson

Joanna is excited to be choreographing again for PAA. She’s originally from Atlanta, GA where she grew up training at Vista Grove Dance Center before she graduated to a member of the teaching staff. She’s been performing professionally for over 15 years. Some of her more favorite credits include Tokyo Disney Sea, the 1996 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, “Beauty and the Beast” at Hollywood Studios, regional theater in Atlanta, New Orleans, and New York, and 14 years as a Radio City Rockette in NY and touring companies. Joanna has most recently been teaching dance at Spotlight Dance Center in Orlando, FL and Pilates when not kicking up her heels.

Morgan Hotchkiss

Originally from West Haven, Connecticut, Morgan studied theatre in Brooklyn, New York before moving to South Florida where she continued her education. While earning a Drama degree from Lynn University, she spent a semester studying Musical Theatre in Dublin, Ireland on the Jan McArt Scholarship. Morgan felt right at home with PAA after directing Matilda The Musical last fall. It is an honor to grow and learn with a group as great as this. Morgan plans on moving back to the east coast eventually to continue her career in musical theatre. Until then, she can't wait to see what PAA will do next!

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Dr. James Ramsey
Executive Director

James Ramsey is Executive Director for the Performing Arts Academy and Director of Music and Arts at St. Luke's UMC.  Previous engagements include college instruction positions at the University of Colorado, University of Denver, and Whitman College in Washington.  Additionally, Ramsey has also served as Artistic Director for the Wesley Choral Festival and Assistant Conductor of the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus.

James earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Literature and Performance at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Master of Music degree in Conducting at the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Education at Middle Tennessee State University.  Mentors and teachers include Raphael Bundage, Joan Conlon, Vance George, Donald Neuen, Alfred Mann, and Samuel Adler.  Ramsey has served as the American Choral Directors Association’s Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Choirs for both Colorado and the Southwest Region.  James resides in Littleton with his wife, Leigh, and their sons, Jack and Luke.

Contact Jim at drjim@paacolorado.org or 303-900-7041 ex.1.

Chris Rigolini

Chris Rigolini is a music educator, originally from Florida, serving as the Director of Instrumental Music at Highlands Ranch High School since fall of 2018. Mr. Rigolini graduated from Florida Southern College in 2012 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He began his teaching career that same year at Jefferson High School in Tampa, FL. While in Tampa, Mr. Rigolini was in high demand as a clinician and councilor at many local schools and universities. In the spring of 2018, he received his Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. His professional affiliations include the Colorado Bandmasters Association, Colorado Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, American String Teacher Association, FBA, FOA, FMEA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. Rigolini lives in Centennial, CO with his wife Kelly, son Rory, and dog Lucy.

Head Shot IMGKate MacLaren

Kate holds a BFA in musical theater from Syracuse University. She was a Radio City Rockette for four years and represented the U.S. twice in the World Tap Dance Championships. Professional performance credis include: 42nd Street International Tour, Funny Girl Tour, Cirque's Christmas Dreams, Singin' In The Rain, Chicago, and A Chorus Line. An award winning choreographer with choreography previously featured in national tours and regional theater productions, Kate teaches dance master classes throughout North America.

Maja Buck

Maja has her Masters in Education and Teacher Leadership from Colorado State University and her Bachelors in Music Education from UNC Greeley. Maja has directed numerous musicals including Wizard of Oz, Once Upon a Mattress, Little Women, Cinderella, and Annie Get Your Gun. Maja is taking some time off as Vocal Director at Mountain Vista High School to teach private lessons and be a stay at home mom extraordinaire with her two daughters.

Schehera McKasson

is a teacher in Mission Viejo, California. From 2001-2015 Schehera was the Director of Vocal Music at Mountain Vista High School. In addition to directing choirs, Schehera taught Piano, Music Theory, and Music Appreciation. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from The Colorado College, and her Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University. In 2007, Schehera was the Apple Award Recipient for MVHS. This year, Schehera received her certification in the Carden Method and is currently working with elementary age students. Schehera is supported by her loving husband and daughters.

Christopher Lengerich

Returning to PAA after Into the Woods last summer, Christopher’s thrilled to be sharing his New York expertise in his native Colorado. Spending most of his year traveling the world, follow his career adventures @calengerich on Instagram. Favorites: [title of show], Clorox’s Messy Melodies, Songful Artists’ Artistic Director. Hi Mom!

Skyler Zurn

PAA Alum Skyler Zurn has taken on a career of casting TV & Film in Los Angeles, CA. Over the years Skyler has completed projects at esteemed casting offices such as Telsey+ Co, April Webster, CBS Network (under Peter Golden), 20th Century FOX (under Sharon Klein), Francine Maisler, and now is currently at Rich Delia casting! Projects she has worked on include THIS IS US (NBC) , COLONY (USA) , GOOD BOYS (Good Universe), BRIGHTBURN (Sony), A TEACHER (FX), DIETLAND (AMC) and many others!

After years in the casting room, she is particular with her notes and prides herself on getting an actor to their best audition with quick ability to comprehend material and tend to an actors strengths. Coaching and making the actor feel comfortable and confident by the end of their audition session is always a goal she likes to accomplish. Directing shows at PAA definitely helped shaped her desire to stay in the entertainment industry and pursue a career casting versatile projects which challenge and reward her daily!

Piper Lindsay Arpan

Piper Lindsay Arpan is now a Denver based director, choreographer, and performer after almost a decade in NYC. You may have seen her or her work locally at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, Lone Tree Arts Center, Parker Arts Culture and Events Center, BDT Stage, and the Aurora Fox, to name a few. She has performed on Broadway, in National Tours, as a Radio City Rockette, in professional dance companies, in regional theatres, and on film and television, both nationally and internationally. She holds a BFA and a BA from The Florida State University, magna cum laude.