“We’ve had a lot of fun preparing for FAME and we’re bringing out the best in our students, showcasing ‘triple-threat’ actors who shine in dance, singing and performance,” said Dan Stapula, artistic director of Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre of Alexandria, Va. and Lorton, Va.
MPAT's FAME – the Musical, a high-energy musical from an all-teen cast, is based on the hit motion picture and television series. Set during the last years of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street (1980-1984), FAME is the bittersweet, but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work. With candor, humor and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today: issues of prejudice, identity, self-worth, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance. The show will be directed by Dan Stapula, with music direction by Abbey Smith.
PERFORMING ARTS THEATER (MPAT):
Metropolitan Performing Arts Theater (MPAT) is the resident Community Theater of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA). Metropolitan School of the Arts of Lorton, Va. offers multi-disciplinary performing arts studios in Alexandria and Lorton, Va. that has taught dance, music and theater to more than 10,000 students since its opening in 2001. Noted for its world-class instructors, MSA offers high quality performing arts training in a ground breaking, holistic learning environment that cultivates creativity, builds community and empowers students. The studio was featured in Dance Teacher magazine and Washington Families magazine. Many students go on to perform in prestigious arenas including Broadway, National Tours, The Julliard School, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Washington Ballet, The American Academy of Ballet, Universal Ballet Academy, The Kirov Ballet, The Hartt School, Marymount University (New York), Ford’s Theater and Mark Morris Dance Company. MSA is the only, private secondary performing arts school in the Washington, D.C. area. Call 703.339.0444 or visit www.metrofinearts.com, Facebook or Twitter.