Youth Arts Celebration

The Lyric League Youth Arts Celebration a HUGE Success!


The excitement was palpable on October 22nd, with the launch of The Lyric League Youth Arts Celebration; a variety show boasting the talents of  27 amazing different performances by 65 kids.  Student entertainers, grades 12 and under, including singers, dancers, actors, musicians, acrobats  and spoken word, took to The Lyric stage to perform to a full house of proud parents and educators.  The genres ranged from contemporary to pop to classical to Broadway, resulting in a fast-paced, talent packed show with something for everyone.  Audiences were astounded by the level of talents presented by the young emerging artists.
 
The Lyric League enlisted the help of area arts educators, music teachers, choral directors, dance schools, public and private schools and other community arts organizations to spread the word of this exciting new endeavor.  Nearly 80 different acts from Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach County auditioned before a panel of judges for a coveted spot in the Celebration.  “Initially we intended to present only 20 acts, but ended up choosing 27.  Selecting the show performers was a very daunting task, as they were all so talented and passionate about their craft,” says Karin Leone,  Lyric  Theatre Director of Education. “Our intent was to have as many performing art forms, genres and ages represented as possible.”  Even those performers that were not included in the live event were celebrated with a video montage of their auditions shown on the movie screen on The Lyric stage. 
 
One key element of The Youth Arts Celebration was that it was not a contest, but rather an opportunity to recognize these students for their commitment to their craft, the courage to express themselves and their love of the arts.  The Youth Arts Celebration participants may have been diverse in their talents, but all were united by their love of performing, and while not all of the participants have aspirations of performing professionally, they are clearly benefiting from their arts education.  Perhaps most impressive was not the immense talents of these kids, but their character.  These youngsters were all very kind, positive, respectful, focused and joyful. The sense of camaraderie and support for one another backstage was inspiring; yet another example of how arts education instills discipline and values so vital to becoming a quality human being.  The parents and educators deserve equal credit, as there was no denying the level of commitment these families have made to their children.
 
The Youth Arts Celebration stars included Crystal Appadoo, Alexis Bentinganan, DanceWorks, Mikaela Danchenko, Rayna Desmangles, Zahria Gainey, Quinn Simmons, Shannon Tsunoda, Gunter Trio, ​Hellcat, Alex Higgins, Vianca Martinez, Elora Massey, Vinny Mayorga, Alexis Moore, Fletcher Morton, Jade Neumann & Samantha Stewart, Mrs. P's Dance & Acrobatic Studios of Port. St. Lucie, G.T. Nicklaus, Alexandria Paxton, Performing Arts Academy of Jupiter, Luke Retutal, Dylan Ruggeri, Savage Trio, Vicky Seegott, Lillie Shaff, Sophia Shaff, The Elizabethans and St. Lucie Ballet.
 
The Lyric League would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our event sponsors:  Crary Buchanan, Cutting Edge Marketing, Stephen & Aida Fry, Elizabeth Herold, Macaroni Kid Stuart/PSL, The Moore Family, PURE Graphics, Inc., Vincent & May Smyth, Nancy & Yung Wong, Dr. Rosie Aviles - Palm City Orthodontist, ​Frank Byers & Karen Rodgers, Ethel Christin, Patty Downing Interiors, Flanigan's Seafood Bar & Grill, The Holt Family Foundation, Dottie Kohl, Sheila Kurtz/Stuart Lodge Assisted Living, Diane & Jeff Lawrence, n2 architecture & design, Vianne Nichols, Olde Florida Realty, Olympic Diner, Stephen C. Schramm: HBKS Wealth Advisors, WQCS/88.9 NPR for The Treasure Coast, BlueStar Infrared, Hooks Construction, Hope Jochem, Marie McWilliams, The UPS Store 5330.
 
The Youth Arts Celebration was conceived and presented by The Lyric League, a newly formed auxiliary group, to help raise funds and awareness of The Lyric Theatre’s Arts & Education programs.  Since its inception in 1997, The Lyric Theatre Arts & Education programs have provided Treasure Coast families with the wonderfully unique and magical experience that only live performing arts can offer. As funding for the arts continues to dwindle, The Lyric is more committed than ever to give all area students and families the opportunity to share in this cultural resource.  The League will continue to help raise funds to serve our area with enrichment programs such as The Discovery Series for young adults, The Lyric’s AWESOME! Summer Camp and artist master classes and residencies.
 
The Youth Arts Celebration was the inaugural event of what The League hopes to make an annual event. "It was a great night featuring some very talented kids! I think the kids really enjoyed performing on the Lyric stage and it was very successful for our first year doing the event. We are looking forward to next year!" Colleen Schramm, Lyric League Co-Chair.
 
If you would like to know how you might get involved with The Lyric League or other ways to support Arts & Education at The Lyric, please contact Karin Leone, Director of Education at 772-220-1942, ext 205.
Stay tuned for details pertaining to The Lyric League Youth Arts Celebration 2017!