Turning the tide with tsunami relief benefit
VAIL – With the same performance energy of “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” the Vail Performing Arts Academy (VPAA), in conjunction with the Vail Mountain School, will present “Turn the Tide Review,” an evening of song and dance to benefit the American Red Cross Tsunami relief effort at 6 p.m. Saturday at the new Vail Mountain School Theater. The show stars VPAA students from ages 8 to 18, Vail Valley Academy of Dance Advanced Jazz and a bevy of local pros including Beth Swearingen, Don Watson, Colin Meiring, Mikey Poage, Kathy Marrow and Phil Long, just to name a few.
A suggested minimum donation of $20 per person is requested, checks only made out to the American Red Cross. Tickets will be general admission and sold at the door. “My staff and I wanted to do something more than just send in our own personal donations to the tsunami relief efforts. We threw out the idea of a benefit review to our students and the community, and the response was phenomenal,” said VPAA Executive Producer Annah Scully.Within hours of “Turn The Tide’s” inception, the Vail Mountain School offered its brand new state-of-the-art facility, and performers – young and “older” – rallied to support the effort.
“‘Turn The Tide’ is going to be worthwhile in its own right with VPAA’s show stopping numbers from decades past including ‘Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay’ from Grease, the Bee Gees’ ‘Night Fever,’ and Michael Jackson’s classic ‘Thriller,’ said Scully. The Advanced Jazz class from Vail Valley Academy of Dance will perform “Rich Man’s Frug” and Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out.” Interspersed between the young talent, local celebrity pros will add their charm. There’s even rumors of a few surprise entertainers who may find their way on the stage Saturday night.
“What an ideal way to support the relief effort , enjoy a great show, and check out the amazing new VMS facility,” said Scully. Vail, Colorado