Rage on the Runway

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Winter Park, Florida, September 18, 2013 - If you’re interested in fashion, music, or dance, “Rage on the Runway” fashion show is the event for you! The fashion show is presented by Fusion Festival and sponsored by Indstruktibl Clothing, Entertainment Networking Society, and Black Student Union. The fashion show will feature models and designers from Full Sail and UCF, a live band, vocalists, spoken word, and a performance by IntenCity dance group. The event is free and open to the public, however tickets will be required for admission. Tickets can be picked up in the FS 3B lobby (Fish Bowl) on Monday, September 23rd from 12:30-1:30 and 4:30-5:30, and will be availalbe at the door. The fashion show will take place on Friday, September 27th in Full Sail Live. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the event starts at 7 pm. More information can be found on Fusion Festival's website and Facebook page.

Cut Loose with the Paramount

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Ashland, Kentucky, June 28, 2011 - The Paramount Players, the in-house Community Theatre Group of the Paramount Arts Center,  will be performing the stage version of the musical Footloose, with 4 performances starting on Thursday, August 18. The production is based on the 1984 hit movie of the same title, starring Kevin Bacon.

The musical includes songs “Footloose” and “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” from the hit movie soundtrack as well as new songs for the stage. Footloose tells the story of Ren (played by Clay McKnight), a teenager who just moved with his mom(Joanna Berner) to a small, conservative town. Ren soon discovers the strict laws of the town, enforced by the town preacher (played by Josh Janotta), which, much to Ren's dismay, outlaw rock music and dancing. After meeting the preacher's rebellious daughter Ariel (played by Samantha Bibbey), he encourages his new classmates to fight the laws and bring dancing back to the town.  Footloose is directed and choreographed by Melanie Sweeney with musical direction by Amber Ferguson.  Other featured performers include:  Sarah Brehm, Tyler Bradley, Abbie Emmons, Hannah Lutz, Audri Wells Alex Lewis, Savannah Peterman, Rick Payne and Steve Dyer.  The cast also includes:  Alison Thompson, Kenny Riffe, Tamara Trout, Max Addington, Ethan Darby, Shawn Cosby, Michael Seagraves, Drea Perkins, Ryan Majher, Clifton Ross, Sam Perkins, Mallory Aronhalt, Tabitha Potter, Holly Smith, Megan Riley, Alyssa Miller, Mariah Addington, Virginia Ainsworth, Susan Barber, Kathryn Barber, Haley Barber, Miranda Rogers, Zorada Porter, Courtlyn Lewis, Cindy Riffe, Peri Law, Ramey Hanners, Caleigh Reece, Makiah Martinez, Ema Davis and Cathy Cremeans. 

The production brings the film to life and hits the Paramount August 18 with performances on August 18-20 at 8 pm as well as a matinee on Saturday, August 20 at 3 pm. This production is produced by special arrangement with R & H Theatricals.  Tickets are currently on sale at the box office. 

Summer Camps Come to a Close with Sleeping Beauty

The Paramount Arts Center is wrapping up Summer Camps on Friday, July 22 with a final performance of “Sleeping Beauty,” directed by Amber Ferguson. The show is part of a two-week Summer Camp for children ages 6-18, where the children learn everything about bringing a play to life, including auditioning, learning the music and choreography, and designing costumes and props.
While most shows take months to produce, the children must learn “Sleeping Beauty” in just two weeks, working eight hours a day, which can be very demanding. A typical day usually starts with vocal warm-ups and the children later break into groups for scene rehearsal, choreography, stage design, or individual rehearsal. The kids also have breaks for snacks and theater games, and seem to enjoy the difficult schedule. Amber says that it is a very busy day but “at the end of the day the kids are still smiling.” Molly, 12, who plays the part of Maleficent, is “excited to take on the challenge.”

Molly is one of the more experienced campers and has been performing in plays since she was 7, when she played Gus in “Cinderella.” Although she has had a variety of roles, she enjoys playing the villain Maleficent. “I get to see the villain’s point of view and I get a whole new character.”
Another experienced actress is Zorada, 14, who has the lead role of Sleeping Beauty. This is her sixth show at the Paramount and her 2nd Production Camp; she was in last year’s production of “Alice in Wonderland.” “I feel at home on stage,” says Zorada, “when you hear the applause, you know it’s right for you.”

Many of the campers are not as experienced, but show the same enthusiasm as Molly and Zorada, and Amber says that all of the campers are a “joy to work with. They still have a wonder with music and want to show what they’re made of.” Amber has served as musical director for many other shows for the Paramount Arts Center, including “Hairspray,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and this summer’s “Footloose.” She also teaches at ACTC and is head of the Paramount’s Youth Chorus, which is open to children in grades 4-8.

The two-week camp allows the kids to grow and learn every aspect of producing a play.  Joanna, assistant director, loves to “see it all come together” at the end of the two weeks. The show includes choreography by Katlyn Shaw and Aaron Pennington, with costumes and props designed by Michael Seagraves. Some of the props, costumes, and makeup will also be designed by other campers from the Stage Makeup and Costumes camp at the Paramount.

The final week of camps is July 18-22, offering Playwriting, Designing Diva, Discover Your Inner Artist, and more! The “Sleeping Beauty” finale is Friday, July 22nd at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.

Original post can be found on the Paramount Arts Center's blog page