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Performance Academy invites area youngsters to sign up for classes
BV-based academy is open to all area counties;
Open House planned for after this Saturday's Show;
Scholarships are available

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From the July 17, 2019 issue
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By Richard Harris
   This Saturday, July 20 will be a big day for the Performance Academy in Buena Vista. Not only will it be the final Summer Camp Finale Show (2 p.m.), but it will also be Open House and Fall Registration Day (3:30 p.m.). Founder Lynn Moon McAllister is hoping many interested youngsters will come and check things out and consider signing up as students for the fall semester.
   Options for young people who are musically/dramatically talented are certainly limited in rural Southwest Georgia.
   "Funding for the arts in Georgia and nationwide has been drastically cut," McAllister said, explaining how she hopes the Performance Academy can serve as a regional academy for the arts. "We found

that in almost every one of the rural school systems in our region there is either no music program or band is the only program offered. If you sing or dance or do something else, there's pretty much no program for you. To my knowledge there is no one providing overall performance coaching in a 50-mile radius of Buena Vista."
   Of course since public schools don't get much funding for the arts, the state certainly doesn't dole out taxpayer funds to private businesses. That may lead people to assume that only kids from well-off families will be able to participate in the Performance Academy, which charges tuition. However, McAllister realizes there are many talented youngsters in poor households so she recently announced several scholarship opportunities.
   "Scholarships will be awarded to performers, ages kindergarten through college, who exhibit promising talent, but are unable to enroll due to financial restraints," said McAllister, who noted that an audition will be required.
   Those who need help with tuition for the upcoming fall semester may apply for one of the scholarships during Open House this Saturday immediately after the Summer Camp Finale Show, which will be held at 2 p.m. at Fox Hall (just down the street from the Performance Academy, both located on "The Square".
   The following scholarships are available.
   * Mike L. Moon Memorial Scholarship (for vocalist).
   * Martha J. Powell Memorial Scholarship (for dancer).
   * Carolyn D. Beck Memorial Scholarship (for audio editor).
   All of the scholarships listed above will provide full fall tuition, including participation in the big Christmas Show at the end of the semester.
   During the fall semester, students will receive private instruction in vocal, piano, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, and trombone. Group instruction will be provided for keyboard, percussion, and band.
   Coaches for the fall will include Mary Nan Pilcher, Kathy Christopher, Anastasia Daniels, Melanie Rigsby, John Pollock, and Sunni McAllister. They will be present to speak with prospective students at Saturday's Open House.
   While the Saturday Shows for this summer's camps have been held in Fox Hall, McAllister has been dong a great deal of work inside the Performance Academy Building (known by many locals as the old "Ford Place").
   Her commitment to the vision is obvious when one steps into the building. Work has already been done to construct classroom space, as well as rooms that will provide good acoustics for one-on-one voice lessons and recordings. She beams when walking through the spacious old rear section of the building and pointing out where a stage is being built and where audience members will sit. The front portion of the building will have a snack shop and other amenities, too.
   McAllister is from a music loving family, has been a performer (vocal and dance), a vocal director for a theatre, owned and operated a theatre (TBC Theatre in the popular tourist town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee), and has watched her two children (Skylar and Sunni) each spread their wings as young performers. She would love to see you this Saturday at 2 p.m. at Fox Hall for the final Summer Camp Show (vocalists, percussionists, keyboardists, audio editors, special guest performers) and at 3:30 p.m. for Open House.

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