Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy

Metropolitan Performing Arts Dance-a-Thon

Put on your dancing shoes—in fact, put on a whole costume!—and come to the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy‘s Second Annual Dance-a-Thon, happening from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at the MPAA’s studio at 905 N.E. 68th St., Suite D, in Vancouver.

The playlist includes 50s sock hop, rock, 80s tunes, old school hip hop, pop, and musical theater. Pick a theme from the playlist and dress up to get into the spirit—then dance your heart out! There will be drawings and prizes for the most fundraiser, best dancing, best costumes—not to mention the Dance Battle Finale! The goal is for each participating couple, group, or family to raise at least $100 in community support; this earns a ticket for the prize drawing to be held during the Dance-a-Thon. Every $50 above that earns another ticket!

For more information about the Dance-a-Thon and how to register, call MPAA at 360-975-1585 or visit www.metropaa.org.

Artists Needed for Youth Art Show

Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy is hosting the Spring 2017 Fine Art Show, and it’s open to all young artists in Southwest Washington who are between the ages of three and 18 years old. The theme is “Things That Move,” and the categories of submissions can include digital art, photography, painting, sculpting, and other fine arts. Proceeds from the show will benefit youth programs at MPAA.

There are three age divisions: three to seven years old, eight to 12 years old, and 13-18 years old. There’s a $10 fee per entry and each artist may submit up to two items in each category. There will be an overall award for Best Use of Theme plus first, second, and third place in each division. All art will be displayed at the MPAA studio in Hazel Dell from April 17 to June 15. Awards will be announced on April 17. The overall first place pieces will be displayed at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts during the June Metropolitan Performing Arts’ production of The Hobbit.

Artwork can be submitted in person to the studio from April 10-15 any time during MPAA business hours. Artists can fill out a submission form online at www.metropaa.org or it can be downloaded here: http://www.metropaa.org/events/first-annual-fine-arts-spring-show/. For more information, call 360-975-1585 or e-mail exec.director@gmail.com.

Young Actors Workshop

Spring break: home for a week with restless kids. Maybe it’s sunny enough to send them outside to play…but maybe it’s not. What do you do?

Let them to channel all that drama into a three-day theater arts workshop with the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy. Your kids ages six through 12 can join instructor Sean Kelly to learn stage acting techniques—everything from improv to Shakespeare. There’s something for every kid in this fast-paced class for young actors!

Classes will be held from Tuesday, April 4, through Thursday, April 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information or to register, visit www.metropaa.org. The Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy studios are located at 905 N.E. 68th St. in the Hazell Dell area of Vancouver.

Metropolitan Performing Arts Dance-a-Thon

Put on your dancing shoes—in fact, put on a whole costume!—and come to the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy‘s Second Annual Dance-a-Thon, happening from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at the MPAA’s studio at 905 N.E. 68th St., Suite D, in Vancouver.

The playlist includes 50s sock hop, rock, 80s tunes, old school hip hop, pop, and musical theater. Pick a theme from the playlist and dress up to get into the spirit—then dance your heart out! There will be drawings and prizes for the most fundraiser, best dancing, best costumes—not to mention the Dance Battle Finale! The goal is for each participating couple, group, or family to raise at least $100 in community support; this earns a ticket for the prize drawing to be held during the Dance-a-Thon. Every $50 above that earns another ticket!

For more information about the Dance-a-Thon and how to register, call MPAA at 360-975-1585 or visit www.metropaa.org.

Dream Dinners Fundraiser for Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy

Make your evenings delicious and easy—and support Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy while you are doing it! Come to the Vancouver Dream Dinners location on Saturday, March 11, at 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. (or both times!) where, for $34.99, you will assemble three wholesome meals to take home and enjoy with your family. Participants will make their choice of fully loaded chicken and potato soup with breadsticks, layered ravioli bake, penne with chicken and peanut sauce, pub-style chicken with mashed potatoes, or Swiss bacon burgers with tangy BBQ sauce. Ten dollars from each purchase is automatically donated back to Metropolitan Performing Arts. Sign up online at https://dreamdinners.com/main.php?page=rsvp_fundraiser&sid=702288.

Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy is located at 905 N.E. 68th St., Suite D, in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver. MPA puts on several spectacular productions each year in both Portland and Vancouver; visit www.metropaa.org to see what’s next. The academy also offers performing arts classes for ages three and up. To see the complete line-up of fall classes for kids and adults—everything from private and group voice lessons to dancing and acting to theater tech—visit www.metropaa.org/semester-classes/ or call 360-975-1585. There are discounts for enrolling in multiple classes and for enrolling siblings together.

Dream Dinners was founded on the mission of bringing families together around the dinner table. They provide everything you need to assemble great dinners to enjoy, offering freedom from the hassles surrounding the planning and preparation of meals night after night. Friends and family can come together once a month in a fun-filled setting to assemble their Dream Dinners in a very short time…most people, in fact, make their meals in under an hour. To learn more, visit dreamdinners.com. The Vancouver Dream Dinner is located at 616 N.E. 81st St., Suite D, in Hazel Dell.

Dream Dinners for Metropolitan Performing Arts

Make your evenings delicious and easy—and support Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy while you are doing it! Come to the Vancouver Dream Dinners location on Saturday, March 11, at 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. (or both times!) where, for $34.99, you will assemble three wholesome meals to take home and enjoy with your family. Participants will make their choice of fully loaded chicken and potato soup with breadsticks, layered ravioli bake, penne with chicken and peanut sauce, pub-style chicken with mashed potatoes, or Swiss bacon burgers with tangy BBQ sauce. Ten dollars from each purchase is automatically donated back to Metropolitan Performing Arts. Sign up online at https://dreamdinners.com/main.php?page=rsvp_fundraiser&sid=702288.

Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy is located at 905 N.E. 68th St., Suite D, in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver. MPA puts on several spectacular productions each year in both Portland and Vancouver; visit www.metropaa.org to see what’s next. The academy also offers performing arts classes for ages three and up. To see the complete line-up of fall classes for kids and adults—everything from private and group voice lessons to dancing and acting to theater tech—visit www.metropaa.org/semester-classes/ or call 360-975-1585. There are discounts for enrolling in multiple classes and for enrolling siblings together.

Dream Dinners was founded on the mission of bringing families together around the dinner table. They provide everything you need to assemble great dinners to enjoy, offering freedom from the hassles surrounding the planning and preparation of meals night after night. Friends and family can come together once a month in a fun-filled setting to assemble their Dream Dinners in a very short time…most people, in fact, make their meals in under an hour. To learn more, visit dreamdinners.com. The Vancouver Dream Dinner is located at 616 N.E. 81st St., Suite D, in Hazel Dell.

Winter Break Performing Arts Workshops for Kids & Teens

It’s almost time for winter break, and what are you going to do with your kids? If it doesn’t seem like there’s already enough drama in your house, why not sign them up for some theater arts workshops with the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy? There are lots of classes to choose from, for kids, teens, and young adults. Led by industry professionals, these winter break workshops offer students a safe, educational and downright fun alternative to YouTubing or playing 3,000,000 consecutive hours of Minecraft. (Parents: I know you know what I’m talkin’ about, here.) Here’s a look at what your restless kids can do:

  • Young Actor’s Workshop, ages six to 12, Dec. 19-21, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.: fast-paced instruction for stage acting, from improv to Shakespeare.
  • Musical Theatre Audition, ages 13 to 20, Dec. 19, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (ages 10-12 can audit the class): spend an afternoon with Portland’s most sought-after musical theatre audition coach. Learn about the process, how to pick a song, and how to stand out during an audition. Participants will sing and receive personal feedback.
  • Monologue & College Prep, ages 13 to 20, Dec. 20, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: perfect your monologue for that upcoming theatre or college audition. Delve deep into character work to create honest, believable characters.
  • Hip Hop & Waacking, ages 13 to 20, Dec. 21, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: to waack means “to strike with force.” This progressive class will include hip hop, waacking/punking technique, stage and camera performance skills, choreography, and freestyling.
  • Dance Boot Camp, ages six to 12, Dec. 27-29, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.: students will rotate through a full morning of dance and choreography featuring jazz, ballet, modern/contemporary, hip hop and tap for beginning and intermediate levels.
  • Dance Boot Camp, ages 13 to 18, Dec. 17-29, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: same as above

For more information or to register, visit www.metropaa.org.

Elf the Musical Jr.

Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy is jingling in the season with a performance of Elf the Musical, Jr., on Friday, Dec. 2, two performance on Saturday, Dec. 3, and a final show on Sunday, Dec. 4. Based on the cherished New Line Cinema hit film, Elf Jr. features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. In case you missed the movie (…or the original, full-length Broadway musical…or the book), here’s a plot synopsis:

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 by Santa’s elves—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.

General admission tickets are $12 and children ages zero to 12 are $10. Elf the Musical Jr. will be shown at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts at 1231 Vandercook Way in Longview. For more information and directions, call 360-575-8499. To purchase tickets for Elf the Musical, click here. To see showtimes for each day, visit www.metropaa.org.

Elf the Musical, Jr.

Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy is jingling in the season with a performance of Elf the Musical, Jr., on Friday, Dec. 2, two performance on Saturday, Dec. 3, and a final show on Sunday, Dec. 4. Based on the cherished New Line Cinema hit film, Elf Jr. features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. In case you missed the movie (…or the original, full-length Broadway musical…or the book), here’s a plot synopsis:

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 by Santa’s elves—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.

General admission tickets are $12 and children ages zero to 12 are $10. Elf the Musical Jr. will be shown at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts at 1231 Vandercook Way in Longview. For more information and directions, call 360-575-8499. To purchase tickets for Elf the Musical, click here. To see showtimes for each day, visit www.metropaa.org.

Broadway & Bunco

Get to know the talented people behind the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy during “Broadway & Bunco,” an evening of fund and entertainment at Divine Consign in downtown Vancouver, happening on Saturday, Oct. 15. Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 that offers the community a complete well-rounded education in acting, singing, dance, musical theater, music and art.

This 21-and-over evening will feature games, prizes, and musical entertainment by Metropolitan Performing Arts and supporters. Enjoy specialty cocktails at the cash bar, appetizers, and the opportunity to win two raffle prizes: a VIP “Best Seats in the House Season Pass” or an “All Around Vancouver Treasure Chest” of goodies and gift certificates from local businesses.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. at Divine Consign, 904 Main St. Tickets are $20 per person and include appetizers, entertainment, games and the opportunity to win prizes. There will be a no-host bar serving wine, beer, and a signature Metropolitan Performing Arts cocktail. Tickets are available online from Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, contact Heather Skogen at heather.skogen@gmail.com.

Broadway & Bunco at Divine Consign

Get to know the talented people behind the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy during “Broadway & Bunco,” an evening of fund and entertainment at Divine Consign in downtown Vancouver, happening on Saturday, Oct. 15. Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 that offers the community a complete well-rounded education in acting, singing, dance, musical theater, music and art.

This 21-and-over evening will feature games, prizes, and musical entertainment by Metropolitan Performing Arts and supporters. Enjoy specialty cocktails at the cash bar, appetizers, and the opportunity to win two raffle prizes: a VIP “Best Seats in the House Season Pass” or an “All Around Vancouver Treasure Chest” of goodies and gift certificates from local businesses.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. at Divine Consign, 904 Main St. Tickets are $20 per person and include appetizers, entertainment, games and the opportunity to win prizes. There will be a no-host bar serving wine, beer, and a signature Metropolitan Performing Arts cocktail. Tickets are available online through Friday night—no tickets will be sold at the door!—from Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, contact Heather Skogen at heather.skogen@gmail.com.

Fall Classes at Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy

Fall registration is now open for classes at the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy, located at 905 N.E. 68th St., Suite D, in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver. The academy—which is under the management of new executive director Barbara Richardson—offers performing arts classes for ages three and up. To see the complete line-up of fall classes for kids and adults—everything from private and group voice lessons to dancing and acting to theater tech—visit www.metropaa.org/semester-classes/ or call 360-975-1585. There are discounts for enrolling in multiple classes and for enrolling siblings together.

The first classes start on Thursday, Sept. 8. If you’re not interested in classes but just want to sing and act your little heart out, you or your child (or both of you!) can audition for a role in the cast and crew of the musical Elf, Jr., on Friday, Sept. 16. For more details, call the office at the number listed above or e-mail Richardson at exec.director@metropaa.org.

Finally, Metropolitan Performing Arts is partnering with CNC Scare Factory this Halloween season. The academy is looking for volunteers to work the Halloweentown haunted house in St Helens, Oregon. If enough volunteers sign up, this could become a fundraiser for MPA. Halloweentown needs actors, make-up help, staff assistance, and help with set-up. This opportunity is for anyone over the age of 12. A training session is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, in St. Helens. Visit www.cncscarefactory.com for more information and register as a volunteer. If you have additional questions related to this event, contact MPA’s Joanna Willman at joanna@threepaw.com.

Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

The enchanting world of Beauty and the Beast comes to life with three performances at the Camas High School Theater, Aug. 19-21. The Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy‘s magical production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” is a classic musical where young actors take on the roles made famous by the animated movie.

As you take your seat at Camas High School Theater, you and your family will be transported to the heart of a quaint French town, where the smart and beautiful Belle yearns for something more than her provincial life. When her father gets lost in the woods, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but is soon taken captive by the master of the house—a horrible Beast. Belle surrenders her freedom to save her father’s life and, by taming the Beast, teaches him the meaning of love.

Featuring original music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, the enchanting Beauty and the Beast Jr. is perfect for the young and the young-at-heart alike. Tickets are still available for all three performances: 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, and Saturday, Aug. 20, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21. Tickets are $10 general admission or $8 for students, children, and seniors. To buy tickets online, or to learn more about the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy, visit www.metropaa.org. Camas High School is located at 26900 S.E. 15th St. in Camas.

Beauty and the Beast

The enchanting world of Beauty and the Beast comes to life with three performances at the Camas High School Theater, Aug. 19-21. The Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy‘s magical production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” is a classic musical where young actors take on the roles made famous by the animated movie.

As you take your seat at Camas High School Theater, you and your family will be transported to the heart of a quaint French town, where the smart and beautiful Belle yearns for something more than her provincial life. When her father gets lost in the woods, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but is soon taken captive by the master of the house—a horrible Beast. Belle surrenders her freedom to save her father’s life and, by taming the Beast, teaches him the meaning of love.

Featuring original music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, the enchanting Beauty and the Beast Jr. is perfect for the young and the young-at-heart alike. Tickets are still available for all three performances: 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, and Saturday, Aug. 20, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21. Tickets are $10 general admission or $8 for students, children, and seniors. To buy tickets online, or to learn more about the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy, visit www.metropaa.org. Camas High School is located at 26900 S.E. 15th St. in Camas.

“Frozen” Workshop for Kids

The Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy is offering a workshop featuring songs from Disney’s animated film “Frozen.” This once-a-week, high-energy musical theatre logo-crop.134519workshop is for kids ages seven to 13, and runs from Oct. 8 to Dec. 3. The class is part of Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy’s Broadway Jr. series and allows beginner students an opportunity to act, sing, and dance. It’s the perfect place for kids who are interested in—and want to get practical, on-stage experience in—musical theatre.

Students will showcase their skills in a Frozen review upon completion of the session. Enrollment is ongoing throughout the month of October…register at any time. The cost is $70 per student per month and the class meets on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit www.metropaa.org for more information, or click here to register your young thespian for this really cool (get it?) workshop.

Musical Play: “Peter Pan, Jr.”

Fly away to Neverland with Peter and the Darling children in “Peter Pan Jr.,” Disney’s stage adaptation of its beloved animated film (based, in turn, on J.M. Barrie’s original play). The Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy (MPAA) is tossing around a fair bit of pixie dust in order to bring this production to life: a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up. Bring your children to get reacquainted with Wendy, Michael, John, the Lost Boys, mermaids, and that infamous pirate, Captain Hook.

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Camas High School Theater, 26900 S.E. 15th St. in Camas. There’s a suggested donation of $10 for preferred-seating tickets purchased online or $12 at the door. For an additional $5, the MPAA will throw in a backstage tour—no flying required! For more information, visit www.metropaa.org. To purchase tickets now, click here.

Peter Pan Flies Into Town

Fly away to Neverland with Peter and the Darling children in “Peter Pan Jr.,” Disney’s stage adaptation of its beloved animated film (based, in turn, on J.M. Barrie’s original play). The Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy (MPAA) is tossing around a fair bit of pixie dust in order to bring this production to life: a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up. Bring your children to get reacquainted with Wendy, Michael, John, the Lost Boys, mermaids, and that infamous pirate, Captain Hook.

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Camas High School Theater, 26900 S.E. 15th St. in Camas. There’s a suggested donation of $10 for preferred-seating tickets purchased online or $12 at the door. For an additional $5, the MPAA will throw in a backstage tour—no flying required! For more information, visit www.metropaa.org. To purchase tickets now, click here.

Musical: “Cats, Jr.”

“Cats, Jr.” will show at the Washburn Performing Arts Center as performed by the students of the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy. "Cats, Jr." is an abbreviated version of the large-scale production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats," one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history. Like "Cats," "Cats, Jr." is based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and featur574px-Cats_Logo-smes beautifully detailed costumes and memorable songs. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 18, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 20. If purchased in advance, tickets are $10 per person for all ages and are available online here; if purchased at the door, tickets are $13. For more information, visit www.metropaa.org.

Musical: “Cats, Jr.”

“Cats, Jr.” will show at the Washburn Performing Arts Center as performed by the students of the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy. "Cats, Jr." is an abbreviated version of the large-scale production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats," one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history. Like "Cats," "Cats, Jr." is based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and featur574px-Cats_Logo-smes beautifully detailed costumes and memorable songs. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 18, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 20. If purchased in advance, tickets are $10 per person for all ages and are available online here; if purchased at the door, tickets are $13. For more information, visit www.metropaa.org.

Musical: “Cats, Jr.”

“Cats, Jr.” will show at the Washburn Performing Arts Center as performed by the students of the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy. "Cats, Jr." is an abbreviated version of the large-scale production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats," one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history. Like "Cats," "Cats, Jr." is based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and featur574px-Cats_Logo-smes beautifully detailed costumes and memorable songs. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 18, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 20. If purchased in advance, tickets are $10 per person for all ages and are available online here; if purchased at the door, tickets are $13. For more information, visit www.metropaa.org.