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Vail Valley Spotlight: Vail Performing Arts Academy

Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyThe Vail Performing Arts Academy performing its fall performance, "Willy Wonka Junior," at the Vilar Center in August. The nonprofit academy delivers several exciting performances throughout the year.

Executive Director/president: Annah Scully, executive director/producer; Colin Meiring, artistic director

Location: P.O. 2300, Edwards, CO, 81632

Phone number: 970-926 2370

Web address:

Hours: We offer year round programs including Summer Musical (“Willy Wonka Junior” in 2008); “You Can’t Stop the Beat” ” A musical revue of Broadway and popular hits with a different theme each fall (“Viva Las Vegas” in 2008); Community Holiday Concert ” a collaborative effort with other performing arts entities (“Tis The Season,” Dec 12-13, 2008); Spring Student Showcase ” a talent showcase in collaboration with the Vail Valley Academy of Dance featuring everything from Broadway to rock ‘n roll; VPAA Starquest (“Teen Band Showcase,” held in May).

We also offer school enrichments and workshops.

Years in business: 12

What is the organization’s mission and who benefits from its work?

Mission statement: The Vail Performing Arts Academy provides cultural education through theater arts and performance opportunities for the youth of the Eagle Valley. We focus on the four Cs ” cooperation, confidence, creativity and communication.

Formed in 1996, the Vail Performing Arts Academy provides the challenge and reward of hands-on performing arts education for the youth of Eagle County. Over 2,000 children have participated in classroom studies, workshops, field trips, performance rehearsals and public presentations. Many of our performances are at the world-class Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, a 530-seat state-of-the-art facility.

These experiences instill life skills that are the stepping stones to success in education, career and adulthood and in turn foster an abiding interest in the arts and a desire for learning at all stages of life. Our performances, which often sell out, are attended by both locals and visitors alike, and draw a wide range of participants from all economic backgrounds. We believe providing a wide range of educational experiences and opportunities for all children is critical to the viability of any community.

Where does your funding come from?

The VPAA receives funding and in-kind services from private individuals, foundations, local businesses and through modest participation fees.

How many staff members work for you?

All individuals hired by the Vail Performing Arts Academy work on a contractual basis. Annah Scully,founder and executive producer/director, and Colin Meiring, artistic director, are the two principal staff. They are supported by production-specific staff, such as an assistant choreographer, acting coach, costumer, music director and/or assistant, A/V production and production assistants.

Anything else you’d like the community to know about the organization?

We are currently enrolling students ages 8-18 for the Spring Showcase 2009. We will begin enrolling for the Summer Musical 2009, tentatively “Pirates of Penzance, Jr.,” in January. We rely on community support to maintain and grow high quality performance opportunities for local students. Please consider becoming a Vail Performing Arts Academy sponsor and encourage others to do so as well. To learn more about upcoming programs and to become a sponsor, visit our Web site:

Contact Community Editor Lauren Glendenning at 970-748-2983, or

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