Teens bring Broadway to Aiken
Lonnie Quinn will be coming down to be the emcee for the Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing’s upcoming “Broadway Bound” production.
“Lonnie and I attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in (New York City) together and graduated in 1987. I was a transfer student from the Los Angeles school, and Lonnie was the first person I met when I arrived at the Academy in New York. He was a serious student but one that was always helpful, kind and looking out for others. He was everyone’s friend and extremely outgoing,” said Jim Anderson, Youth Wing executive director and “Bound” director.
Quinn currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
“Broadway Bound,” a fundraiser for the Youth Wing immersion program, will open on Friday at 8 p.m. with a gala performance. The Green Boundary Club, The Reserve at Woodside, Woodside Plantation, Swamp Fox, Cumberland Village and Noble Breads are a few businesses that will provide refreshments for the pre-show reception. Tickets for this event are $45.
Two more performances will take place on Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets for those performances are $20 per show.
Sixteen high school students and 14 local musical artists will be performing numbers from shows like “Mamma Mia!,” “West Side Story” and “A Chorus Line” all three shows.
The Immersion program was created by Anderson, with the ACP’s Board of Directors’ support, three years ago to expand and expose students, grades four to 12, to grander opportunities within the performing arts.
“Through the Julliard in Aiken program and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, local students involved with the ACP Youth Wing program are able to have exclusive workshops with some of the most talented performers and faculty members from both institutions right here in Aiken,” a release said. “Each spring, a select number of Youth Wing students travel to New York City for the Broadway Student Summit, sponsored by the Musical Theater Institute, where they are immersed in workshops on acting, singing, dancing, stage combat, improv and so much more.”
The students will go to New York City on April 4, with the summit starting on April 5.
The Youth Wing meets every second Saturday. Grades fourth through seventh meet at 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., while grades eight through 12 meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The workshops are free and open to anyone.
For more information, call 648-1438 or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.info.