Jungle Book And The Realization Of a Dream

Performing Art Program at Lowell Elementary School

 

Back in 2010 and 2011, I was working with my partner at the time on a series of very expensive shows for a local private school.  At one point I turned to my partner and said, “we really need to take this show on the road.”
It has struck me that there are so many children in Silicon Valley who had no access to participation in the performing arts.  That is the moment when the idea was born that became The Audacity Performing Arts Project.
Last week The Audacity Performing Arts Project completed a VERY successful show at Lowell Elementary School in Downtown San Jose.

The show was Disney’s Jungle Book, Kids Edition. It was a first for Lowell and was carried out within their after school program run by Think Together. The show was produced at ZERO cost to the school and families.

Audacity Performing Arts Show at Lowell Elementary

 

These are the children I was thinking of when I founded the company in 2012. I have worked with more polished and experienced actors before, but never have I come across a more passionately excited group of children.

Audacity Performing Project at Lowell Elementary in San Jose
None of it could have been possible without my amazing partner and  Audacity Artistic Director,Samantha Pistoresi.  While I am the one who launched the company, it is Samantha who is the beating heart of the company.

Our production of Jungle Book was directed by Chiarra Sorci with assistant director, Meredith Johnson (Notre Dame High School class of 16). The play was also crewed by Anjali Jain (Notre Dame High School class of 17). In addition, strike and load-out (which had to happen within a very small window after the show) was staffed by Amy Mullenex (Notre Dame High School class of 17), Becca Paist (Notre Dame High School class of 17) and Jasmine Canjura (Notre Dame High School class of 18).

The show was attended by about 100 students and parents and was VERY well received. Audacity is currently making plans to produce Disney’s Lion King, Kids Edition in the spring of 2016.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to making this audacious project possible.

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

Audacity Explores the Jungle

Jungle Book - Sinnott

Jungle Book – Sinnott Elementary School

Audacity’s 2014-2015 season comes to a successful close with the production of Disney’s Jungle Book Kids at John Sinnott Elementary School in Milpitas.

Jungle Book was the fourth production produced with the amazing children at Sinnott.

The best thing about these shows is watching these children grow together as a team.  With cast age ranging from first grade to sixth grade, there is a natural mentoring and support structure that evolves among the kids that is always fun to watch.

Jungle Book - Sinnott Elementary School

Jungle Book – Sinnott Elementary School

The Disney Kids Edition shows provide the perfect balance of dialogue and musical fun for the whole cast.

The show was directed by the latest addition to the Audacity team, Khalia Davis.  Audacity Artistic Director, Samantha Pistoresi, was the Assistant Director with Mackenzie Knox (from Notre Dame High School) serving as Production Intern.

The Jungle Book - Sinnott Elementary School

The Jungle Book – Sinnott Elementary School

The Jungle Book - Sinnott Elementary School

The Jungle Book – Sinnott Elementary School

The Jungle Book set was painted by tech theater students at Notre Dame High School in San Jose.  Like all Audacity productions, these productions are truly community efforts. Audacity also received costuming support from our friends at Children’s Musical Theaterworks, Fresno.  Having community partners like CMT, Fresno and Notre Dame High School make programs like this one possible.

Jungle Book - Sinnott

Jungle Book – Sinnott Elementary School

Audacity Performing Art Projects

The Jungle Book – Sinnott Elementary School

We are currently booking our 2015-2016 season. For more information about how Audacity can develop your school’s performing arts programs, call Louis Stone-Collonge at (408) 348-4026.