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Summer Camp

Performing Arts Academy offers 1-week and 2-week Theater 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 2020/2021 school year

Early Elementary
Grades Pre-K – 2

For our youngest students (ages 3 – 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 1-5

JUNE 15-19

JULY 6-10

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 two weeks long, and run from 9 am- 4 pm, including a lunch time (campers bring a lunch). These are action-packed and challenging weeks, fully of learning, fun and friends! The first week has classes in acting, music and dance, along with lots of rehearsal time. The second week moves into tech, where the technical elements of lights, sound, set, costumes, props, and projections are added. These programs end with two, fully-staged performances!

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 1-12

JUNE 15-26

JULY 6-17

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 two weeks long, and run from 9 am – 4 pm, including a lunch time (campers bring a lunch). These are action-packed and challenging weeks, fully of learning, fun and friends! The first week has classes in acting, music and dance, along with lots of rehearsal time. The second week moves into tech, where the technical elements of lights, sound, set, costumes, props, and projections are added. These programs end with two, fully-staged performances!

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 1-12

JUNE 15-26

June 22-26

July 6-17

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 two weeks long, and run from 9 am – 4 pm, including a lunch time (campers bring a lunch). These are action-packed and challenging weeks, fully of learning, fun and friends! The first week has classes in acting, music and dance, along with lots of rehearsal time. The second week moves into tech, where the technical elements of lights, sound, set, costumes, props, and projections are added. These programs end with two, fully-staged performances!

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 Big Fish 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 1-12

June 22 – 26

July 6-17

JULY 13-24

Conservatory
Grades 9-12*

*7 & 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.

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
Big Fish High School Edition 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 13-24

Summer Camp Details and Descriptions

Early Elementary
Ages 3 – Kindergarten

Dates:
June 1 – 5, 2020
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Auditions:
None

Shareformance:
Friday, 6/5 at 11:30 AM

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

Animals with Attitude

Oh those animals with attitude! In this week-long theatrical adventure, campers have fun creating and sharing stories about animals that aren’t doing exactly what they are supposed to. 

Inspired by stories like the chicken who keeps interrupting, the duck who determinedly drives a tractor, and the high flying penguin who takes off to take on his big dreams, our youngest students delight in bringing these tales alive through movement, crafts, song and embodied storytelling. Campers have lots of fun and make new friends, while learning to collaborate and play together. Join us for this animal stories filled week!

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 11:30 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.

Early Elementary
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Dates:
June 15 – 19, 2020
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Auditions:
None

Shareformance:
Friday, 6/19 at 11:30 AM

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

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 11:30 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.

Early Elementary
Ages 3 – Kindergarten

Dates:
July 6 – 10, 2020
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Auditions:
None

Shareformance:
Friday, 7/10 at 11:30 AM

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

Stories from the Sea

Join us for a week-long adventure as we explore Stories from the Sea! What creatures live in our oceans? Using inspiration from fantastic fishy tales like Pout Pout Fish, Mister Seahorse, Commotion in the Ocean and Clark the Shark, students use movement, crafts, song, and embodied storytelling to create and share wonderful watery-world stories. Campers collaborate artistically, while having lots of expressive fun and making new friends. Swim, sail, dive, explore – shark and fishy tales come alive through theatrical play! Join us for a week of Stories from the Sea!

The week ends with a celebratory shareformance on Friday at 11:30 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.

Elementary
Grades 3-6

 

Dates:
June 1 – 12, 2020
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

**On performance days, camp is
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, with 5:00 PM call time.

Auditions:
Friday May 1, 2020
or
Saturday May 2, 2020

Performances:
Thursday, June 11 at 6:00 PM
Friday, June 12 at 6:00 PM

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

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Maggie Tisdale
Director
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Emily Alexander
Music Director
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Kelly Amadeo
Choreographer
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Description:

The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS!

Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.

Elementary
Grades 3-6

 

Dates:
June 15 – 26, 2020
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

**On performance days, camp is
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, with 5:00 PM call time.

Auditions:
Friday May 15, 2020
or
Saturday May 16, 2020

Performances:
Thursday, June 25 at 6:00 PM
Friday, June 26 at 6:00 PM

Location:

WEEK 1:
St. Lukes UMC
8817 S Broadway
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

WEEK2:
Rock Canyon HS
5810 McArthur Ranch Rd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80124

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Melanie Kirkpatrick
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!

Elementary 

Grades 3-6

Dates:
July 6-17, 2020
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

**On performance days, camp is
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, with 5:00 PM call time.

Auditions:
Friday May 29, 2020
or
Saturday May 30, 2020

Performances:
Thursday, July 16 at 6:00 PM
Friday, July 17 at 6:00 PM

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

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Morgan Hotchkiss
Director
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Kay Coryell
Music Director

Madeline Shaffer
Choreographer
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Description:

Everybody wants to be a cat in Disney’s stage adaptation of the animated classic motion picture.

Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns.

In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it’s up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O’Malley, and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day.

Middle School
& High School

Grades 7-12

Dates:
June 1 – 12, 2020
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

**On performance days, camp is
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, with 5:00 PM call time.

Auditions:
Friday May 1, 2020
or
Saturday May 2, 2020

Performances:
Thursday, June 11 at 7:00 PM
Friday, June 12 at 7:00 PM

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

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Kate Vallee
Director
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Dr. James Ramsey
Music Director
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Sara Anderson
Choreographer
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Description:

This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies within. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Moana JR. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.

Disney’s Moana JR. is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage. Moana JR. features all the beloved songs from the film!

Middle School
Grades 6-8

Dates:
June 15 – 26, 2020
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

**On performance days, camp is
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, with 5:00 PM call time.

Auditions:
Friday May 15, 2020
or
Saturday May 16, 2020

Performances:
Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 PM
Friday, June 26 at 7:00 PM

Location:

WEEK 1:
St. Lukes UMC
8817 S Broadway
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

WEEK2:
Rock Canyon HS
5810 McArthur Ranch Rd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80124

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Morgan Hotchkiss
Director
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Schehera McKassen
Music Director
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Sara Anderson
Choreographer
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Description:

Filled with fun flappers, dashing leading men and a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie JR. is a clever adaptation of the six-time-Tony-Award-winning Best Musical and the Academy Award-winning film. Thoroughly Modern Millie JR., is the high-spirited musical romp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston!

It’s 1922 in New York City, and a young Millie Dillmount has just moved to the Big Apple in search of a new life.  Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. Millie’s wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage, and the man she actually falls in love with doesn’t have a dime to his name — or so he tells her.  What’s a small town girl to do?

Middle School
& High School
Grades 7-12

Dates:
July 6 – 17, 2020
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

**On performance days, camp is
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, with 5:00 PM call time.

Auditions:
Friday May 29, 2020
or
Saturday May 30, 2020

Performances:
Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 PM
Friday, July 17 at 7:00 PM

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

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Rebekah Ortiz
Director
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Bethany Wessel
Music Director
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Christopher Lengerich
Choreographer
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Description:

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Middle School
& High School

Grades 7-12

Dates:
June 22 – 26, 2020
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Auditions:
None

Shareformances:
None

Location:
Rock Canyon HS
5810 McArthur Ranch Rd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80124

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!

High School Conservatory

Grades 9-12*

*7 & 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.

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.

Dates:
July 13 – 24, 2020
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Auditions:
Saturday, March 7
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Performances:
Thursday, July 23 at 6:00 PM
Friday, July 24 at 6:00 PM

 

Location:
Mountain Vista HS
10585 Mountain Vista Ridge
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

**On performance days, camp is 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, with a call time approximately 1 hour before show time.

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Piper Lindsay Arpan
Director/Choreographer
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Dr. James Ramsey
Music Director
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Description:

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, BIG FISH is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.

BIG FISH School Edition is a slightly reworked version of the original Broadway script. The School Edition has been carefully edited to make the show more producible for high school groups.

Conservatory Audition Information
Big Fish High School Edition 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 cancelation policy will apply.

Summer Camp Registration

**SOME DETAILS HAVE CHANGED! **
PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK CAMP INFORMATION BEFORE REGISTERING

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.

Please review our Policies page for a full list of PAA policies.

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. 

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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.

Emily Alexander

Emily has taught middle school music in the Denver area for the last eight years, and she loves creating and connecting with her students. When she’s not teaching, she loves to sing, read, and spend time with her friends and family.

Kelly Amadeo

Kelly Amadeo is an award winning choreographer and dance teacher. She has been dancing since a very young age, and has performed lead roles in The Firebird, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Dracula, La Bayadere, Romeo and Juliet and more. Kelly has directed full length ballets such as Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and more. Kelly holds a bachelors degree in early childhood education and a masters degree in education. She is the director of St. Luke's Little School Preschool and is also a competitive dance coach and ballet/pointe instructor at Summit Dance Academy. This is Kelly's second year as a choreographer for PAA, and she is honored to spend her summers helping children develop a love of the the arts.

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.

Joanna Richardson

Joanna is excited to be choreographing again for PAA and has had a blast working with the Wonka team. 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 is thrilled to have the opportunity to be working with the cast and crew of Matilda The Musical. With Matilda being the first big musical she has directed, it is an honor to continue to grow and learn with a group as great as PAA. Morgan hopes to continue to perform in Colorado before moving back to NYC to continue her career with Musical Theatre.

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. Working with young artists fills her with joy and purpose and she can’t wait to meet all of the wonderful students here in Highlands Ranch!

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Kate MacLaren
Resident Choreographer

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.

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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.

Sara Rochelle Anderson

Sara Rochelle graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University with a B.S. in Dance and Arts Management. Chicago Tap Theatre took this Colorado native to dance in the Windy City as well as perform in Toulouse, France and Barcelona, Spain. After debuting her own choreographic work, “Bleed the Same”, for Alluvion’s Emergence, she moved back home to be with family. She currently performs with Honey Taps in Denver and is excited to be a part of the Performing Arts Academy this season

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.

Rebekah Ortiz

Rebekah has worked in the Denver Metro musical theatre community for 12 years as an actress, teacher, and director. She has worked with many professional theaters in town including the Denver Center, Arvada Center, BDT Stage, Town Hall Arts Center, Miners Alley, Aurora Fox, Southern Colorado Repertory, and Candlelight Dinner Theatre. For the past five years, she adjudicated local high school theatre programs through the Denver Center for Performing Arts Bobby G Awards program. She is represented by the Radical Artist Agency for work in the commercial, industrial film and print work scene. She holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she was fortunate to be shaped by several amazing educators. Thank you to all the dedicated families and staff supporting these students in their success.

Bethany Wessel is thrilled to work with PAA and this amazing production of Lion King Jr. Bethany has been a musical educator in the Denver metro area for nearly fifteen years. She was previously a general music teacher for Douglas County School District at Trailblazer elementary for 12 years. She has been teaching privately and directing youth musicals throughout her career. Bethany is also a singer and performer herself, with featured roles in various shows with multiple community theater companies in the area.

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.