Lion King in Milpitas

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Last week Thomas Russell Middle School came alive with the sights and sounds of Disney’s Lion King, Jr.

As the company founder, the first half of Audacity’s 2015-2016 season has been a massive step. This year has been the first time¬†Audacity has deployed independent creative teams to a school to produce shows. And, it was wonderful!! This experience has been amazingly powerful.

The lesson I learned from Steven Pressfield, “trust the soup,” has been more evident in my life these past weeks than at any other time. As a company, we’re incredibly grateful to have been been able to hire amazing talent. As the founder, it is the most amazing thing in the world to see what great talent will produce when unleashed with young people in order to produce art.

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Audacity’s show at Russell Middle School was incredibly wonderful, not only because of the amazing production values, but because of the reaction of the student participant and the school.

Before the show opened, the administration and students were asking if Audacity would come back and do another show in the spring. If there is a better testament to the stunning work done by our team, I don’t know what it is.

Director, Tom Shamrell, Assistant Director, Nick Boucher, and Music Director, Kellen Hughes, created an amazing show that was delightful to watch. The Audacity Team cultivated an excitement and passion in the students of the Lion King cast that was hard to describe. These kids were on fire. The room was filled with their powerfully happy energy. It was clear that Tom, Nick and Kellen made every kid feel important and a crucial part of the show. Every child in the show loved being part of the company.

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The result?

Audacity is currently making plans to expand our program with Russell to support their school talent show and to add a Spring Musical.

Louis Stone-Collonge
Founder and President
The Audacity Performing Arts Project, Inc.