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Vail Performing Arts Academy presents ‘Hooray for Hollywood!’ revue, Nov. 12-13

When Oscar-winning director Victor Fleming was trying to figure out how to shorten "The Wizard of Oz," he and some others considered cutting "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

Good sense prevailed, of course, and Judy Garland belted it out with such conviction that it's now Hollywood's most memorable song.

That's a good thing, because if they'd cut it, it wouldn't be in "Hooray for Hollywood!," this weekend's Vail Performing Arts Academy revue of some of the best stuff Hollywood cranked out.

"Over the Rainbow" really is the most memorable Hollywood movie song.

In the Vail Performing Arts Academy's "Hooray for Hollywood!," Ceyna Dawson belts it out like Judy Garland. She's carrying Colin Weiring's dog, playing the part of Toto.

We should back up a little.

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"Hooray for Hollywood!" is the Vail Performing Arts Academy's celebration of the movies. Dozens of talented young local performers present 21 Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning songs from many of Hollywood's greatest movies.

"We have more than 65 students in this fabulous production, and they are red carpet ready to shine," said Annah Scully, executive director of the Vail Valley Performing Arts Academy. "I love the variety of numbers in this show, from Disney, to Jai-Ho to James Bond. So diverse and fun."

Speaking of diverse, the Vail Performing Arts Academy is signing people up for its spring revue, "Fosse!"

"This is an opportunity for our young performers to learn choreography from his many Broadway legendary shows," Scully said.

But before we go running off to "Fosse!," we're going to "Hooray for Hollywood!," which, as we already reminded you, is this weekend.

"It's one hit song after another, which is great because we know these songs," Weiring said. "They're songs that everyone remembers. There's lots of history behind them."

Some history is more historic.

For example, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made "The Continental" famous in 1934. It won an Oscar.

"Moon River" takes us back to 1961 and is Hollywood's fourth-most-memorable song. Eighth-grader Tanner Essex is phenomenal in his performance. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" won two Oscars, one for original score.

So, young people, this is the song from that 1961 Blake Edwards movie, not the pop song by the alternative rock band Deep Blue Something.

"Hooray for Hollywood!" features lots of Disney songs, because they're fun.

"Jai-Ho" is a big production number from "Slum Dog Millionaire." It's not the "Hi Ho" from the Disney movie "Snow White," featuring dwarves singing. "Slum Dog Millionaire" won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2009.

"Skyfall," sung by Adelle in 2012, is one of the few James Bond songs to win an Oscar.

And no Hollywood revue would be complete without "Let It Go," which is from "Frozen," and has been sung by every female child on earth. Five local girls share the lead in the song.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

If You Go …

What: Vail Performing Arts Academy’s “Hooray for Hollywood!”

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $20 reserved seating.

More information: For tickets, go to vilarpac.org or call 970-845-TIXS. For more about the Vilar Performing Arts Academy, go to http://www.vpaa.org.

The songs

Act 1

• “Hooray for Hollywood!”

• “The Continental”

• “The Way You Look Tonight”

• “Over the Rainbow”

• “When You Wish Upon a Star”

• “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah”

• “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

• “Moon River”

• “Chim-Chim-Che-Ree”

• “Evergreen”

• “Last Dance”

Act 2

• “Flashdance”

• “Time of My Life”

• “Under the Sea”

• “Beauty and the Beast”

• “Colors of the Wind”

• “My Heart Will Go On”

• “Jai-Ho”

• “Skyfall”

• “Let It Go”

• “Hooray For Hollywood!”