The Learning Lamp and Richland Performing Arts Center have teamed up to present the award-winning Fifth Annual Summer Performing Arts Academy.
This year, students enrolled in the academy are preparing to perform "Friday Knight Fever, the Musical Comedy of the 1970s."
The musical comedy tribute will feature students from across the region and beyond.
The performances are scheduled for June 29 at 7:30 p.m. and June 30 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Richland Performing Arts Center in Johnstown.
A temporary shut-down of Rita's Roller Skating Rink leaves the students of Culpepper High distressed. Their favorite hang-out spot is being remodeled and the least that Rita can do is allow them to spend some time at the snack bar.
This makes things extra complicated for school thugs Greg, Peter and Bobby – all disguised as cheerleaders – in their efforts to assist the school's malicious vice-principal.
Throw in jewel thieves Buzz and Delilah and you've got an energy-filled musical spoof that brings back all things 70s: mood rings, Magic Eight Balls, disco music and more.
"From the first rehearsal, the students have really collaborated to create a realistic depiction of what it was like to live in the 1970s, and we think they deserve a standing ovation from the community for all their work," said Scott Miller, Richland Performing Arts Center executive director.
More than 50 students, ages 11 to 18, are perfecting their acting in the two-week accelerated academy. It is open to students from Cambria, Blair, Somerset, Bedford, Westmoreland and Indiana counties. They are guided by a professional group of directors and instructors.
Miller said that the academy gives students an opportunity to present a full-scale musical production and their willingness to improve and excel is apparent.
"Teachers, parents, school administrators and friends have witnessed students changed permanently and positively by learning life and behavioral skillsóranging from communication, collaboration and time management to creativity, imagination and confidenceófrom the experience of participating in a musical theatre production," Miller said.
Tickets for "Friday Knight Fever, the Musical Comedy of the 1970s" cost $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and students.
Gold cards cannot be accepted for this performance.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 814-269-0300 or visit the Richland Performing Arts Center online at www.richlandpac.com.
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Friday Knight Fever, the Musical Comedy of the 1970s. (July 2, 2012)