Congratulations to all of our CTA Students on completing an amazing year of classes and performances. The End of Year CTA Showcases were a HUGE success. We are looking forward to having you return for our 37th year of operation.
Hugh is perhaps best known for having played the coveted role of the Phantom in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, including the 25th Anniversary production. Hugh made his Broadway debut in the original production of Les Misérables as Marius, the role he originated in the First National company. He also created the roles of Buddy in the original Side Show.
Hugh Panaro has been described as “the leader of Broadway’s dwindling supply of great leading men.” Critically lauded and adored by fans, he demonstrates versatility, charisma, and tremendous vocal talent”
Hugh strongly believes in programs that empower young kids to “use their voice and be themselves” — Please join us for a very special CTA Patrons Reception where he uses his voice to promote and share a very powerful and valuable message titled … Bullied to Broadway. — an evening of song
|Tom and Dona Hotopp
and Bob and Tara O’Brien families
|The Moore family|
|Ralph Schugar Chapel|
|Mt. Lebanon Office Suites|
|David and Marci Heckler|
|Bradley Brown Design Group, Inc.|
|First State Mechanical|
|Pediatric Alliance, P.C.|
|Mrs. Mary Ketchum|
|Suzi and Brian Walters & Family|
|Mr. Alan Stein|
|Mr. and Mrs. David & Lisa Dvorin|
|The McQuillan Group|
|Dr. and Mrs. Rich Beigi|
|St. Clair Hospital|
|Point Park University|
|Steinger, Bies & Company, Inc|
|Mr. and Mrs. Brian Eccher|
|The Comber Family|
|Lynne and Mike Federle|
|Sam and Anne Zacharias|
|Renaissance 3 Architects|
USC BOYCE MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
“Leader of the Pack was the first modern Broadway musical of its kind to tell the story of a real person through their songs — a precursor to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical before the [jukebox musical] genre was popular or well-worn.” –
The CTA is looking forward to working on this high energy musical packed full of hits songs and memorable performance.
SHOW INFORMATION: In the city of Levittown of New York state lives ordinary girl Ellie Greenwich. She dreames of a great career in the music industry.– she wants her songs to be on the radio. But her mother wants a more secure future for her daughter. The active nature of a teenager reveals itself – Ellie creates an all-girl band named The Jivettes. It included her school friends – young Mickey and Shelley. The young singers begin writing and performing songs written by Ellie. The Jivettes had the opportunity to record a single in a recording studio of Brill Building – the girls had hoped that they might make it big and this would be a breakthrough for their team. And it was!!!
This Jukebox Hit Broadway musical is a retrospective that celebrates the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the sixties charts. The story of Ellie’s rise to fame and fortune is punctuated with the virtual Hit Parade of her music: “Chapel of Love,” “Da Do Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby,” “Hanky Panky,” Do Wah Diddy,” “And Then He Kissed Me” and, of course, the title song “Leader of the Pack.”
“A happy, high spirited, foot stomping romp. I never realized the songs of the sixties could sound so good.” – WNBC Radio
“The show dances with that up tempo “wall of sound’ that was part of all our lives.” – Hollywood Reporter
These are just some of the word used to describe the CTA High School Production of FOOTLOOSE over the weekend — and this was during Intermission!!!
The creative team involved at the Center shared that….. It was thrilling watching the show come to life in the studios at the CTA!!!
Congratulations!!!! — Everybody …and I mean everybody in the audience and also on the stage CUTLOOSE during the four performances and it was an absolute BLAST!!!
Over 80 High School students from 6 different school districts in the Pittsburgh area flocked to the studios at the Center for Theater Arts and they “cut loose”!!!
The CTA was dancing again in one of the most energetic and exciting rehearsal processes we have seen in a long time! It is a very dynamic time to be in rehearsals for one of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory to bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results.
It so important to take a moment and tell you how proud we are of our cast and the work that they did on this production. We have been challenging and encouraging them to take risks, push themselves to the next level and of course -work together as an ensemble. As BOTH of our Casts prepared to take the stage, they worked together like a road company. All rehearsals were conducted outside of the theater with only two rehearsals on location before our first performance. This is difficult even for the experienced professionals. Our students, the tech crew and staff should be commended for their patience, talents and hard work in making it to opening night on stage!
Special thanks go to all of the staff and faculty at the Center for work above and beyond the call of duty. The amazing amount of energy, commitment, creativity, time and talent that the teachers put into creating this performance is a tribute to their dedication to the Center for Theater Arts and its students. The students and I applaud them!
As an Original Broadway Cast member I was overjoyed with the opportunity to stage, and share my love and excitement for this incredibly entertaining musical with the students at CTA, and celebrate the history and stories behind creating and working on FOOTLOOSE – from the page to the stage!!
It’s been almost 20 years since the show was created for the Broadway stage, and I would like to thank everyone at CTA for taking this footloose and fancy free trip down memory lane with me. It takes more than a memory and a rehearsal space to put a musical together – and this time we have committed to not one – but TWO wonderful casts!! I thank everyone for their effort, patience, commitment and talents! I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say…we hoped FOOTLOOSE was flashy, innocent, dazzling, energetic and a wonderful night out with your family!
– Billy Hartung
FOOTLOOSE was presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com.
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