Along with the 150-plus student performers, many other teens and children have been involved in the Summer Performing Arts program this summer. Part of the mission for SPA, which began in 1988, was to include everyone from the people on stage to the people behind the scenes.
The Summer Performing Arts program for high school students has chosen Locutus Lo, who will be a freshman in the fall, and Ryan Schuster, who will be a senior, to be soloists on its “I Sing the Body Electric” theme song.
“Imagine” is a musical revue for girls currently in eighth grade and focuses on the theme of dreaming of what you can be. The girls perform songs that follow this theme from musicals such as “Pippin,” “Aladdin” and “Cinderella.”
Summer Performing Arts has produced dozens of musicals over the past 25 summers with dozens of signature songs, but of all the songs the throngs of SPA kids have sung, none is delivered with more feeling than “The Body Electric.”
“Oliver!” is based on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” and includes such songs as “Food, Glorious Food” and “Consider Yourself.” It will be performed by students who will be freshmen and sophomore in high school in the fall.
I was 13 years when I did my very first SPA audition. I remember being very nervous, and one of the SPA staff members coming up to me and saying to me: “Don’t be nervous. You’re going to have fun in SPA.” And they were right!
The 25th season of Summer Performing Arts, a Grand Forks School District program, will get under way July 12 and bring the musicals “Oliver” and “Children of Eden” as well as a musical revue “Imagine” to stage in Grand Forks.
“Children of Eden” will be the musical featuring students in 10th and 11th grade and “Oliver” will be presented by eighth- and ninth-graders, both at the Red River High School theater in July. Musical revue: The musical revue for girls currently in eighth grade will be “Imagine,” performed at Empire Arts Center, also in July.
Theater groups, area high school programs release summer schedule of performances There will be a “Psycho Beach Party” and a “Zombie Prom,” productions of “Annie” and “Big River,” a little Shakespeare, some wacky nuns and “The Full Monty” on stage for area theater fans this summer in playhouses from New Rockford, N.D., to Bemidji.
As a parent, a human resources professional within Development Homes Inc. and a new resident in the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks area, I would like to say thank you to the students of Summer Performing Arts and Red River High School.
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