Teen Summer Musical celebrates 15th anniversary with student-written and performed 'Keys to Fame'
SEATTLE — Forty-five teens have come together to write, produce and perform an original musical called "Keys to Fame" at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI). In this 15th anniversary of the Summer Teen Musical, teen students are working collaboratively with LHPAI Summer Academy teaching artists to create an ensemble piece with original lyrics and music. "Keys to Fame" explores the universal story of pursuing a dream and the journey of bringing that dream to fruition. The play will run Thursday, Aug. 15 through Sunday, Aug. 18.
Performance Dates and Tickets
Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com or by calling the LHPAI box office at 206. 684.4758. Tickets can also be purchased day-of-show at the LHPAI Box Office.
"Everyone really listens to our ideas about how we want to tell our story," says Josiah, a returning youth actor regarding musical director Valeka J. Holt, MFA; music director and composer Cedrick Thomas and choreographer Julian Young. Holt, who has worked with the program for several years, sees the Summer Teen Musical as a powerful tool for youth. "They get to explore their identity and individuality by creating an original script performed on stage based on their individual voice and views."
The Langston Institute Summer Performing Arts Academy doubled enrollment from 2012 to 2013 with 76 total students ranging from six to 19 years old this year. Students engage in theater training in the morning and focus on production and set support in the afternoon. "The performing arts academy is designed to develop strong minds, cooperative behavior and flexibility in all things related to ensemble creativity," says Jacqueline Moscou, LHPAI artistic director.
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