Spring Showcase with Running To Places

by imageguy

It seems my daughter can’t get enough of stage performances. Before she was finished this year with dance at Armstrong School of Dance, she joined a relatively new theater group called Running To Places.

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This is an organization formed to allow middle and high school students from all the area schools to learn how to be part of a theater company, the ins and outs of stage performance, and everything involved in a musical theater production.

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Talented kids across a wide age range work on sets, management, music, the actual performance, and all aspects of the overall experience. With an ambitious schedule that has already included Fame, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Pirates of Penzance, they came to our local elementary school auditorium to put on Spring Showcase, a medley of various musical excerpts from a number of different plays.

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Still to come this summer are Sweet Charity and Damn Yankees. The name, Running To Places, comes from the fact that they practice and perform at many different venues, where ever they can find space. Schools, church basements, and any space that’s available, in order to keep up with their rigorous schedule. These kids are amazingly talented and dedicated and the staff of adults that act as their mentors, teachers, and supervisors do an amazing job of assisting these talented students in making a top notch show. Money for the company comes from grants, donations, and sponsors. No kid is turned away for financial reasons.

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Several familiar faces of local people were among the cast, but it was incredibly satisfying to also experience some of the young talent from other schools that I had not seen before plus performances by the adult members of the production team of Running To Places who also joined the showcase.

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The show was professional, fun, and extremely entertaining. Thanks to everyone involved with Running To Places, and best of luck with the rest of the season. I’m really looking forward to it.

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All Images are Copyright © George Cannon.

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