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Mar 16

"FAME The Musical" Comes to Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 9:27 AM by Communications Department

Youth ages 11 – 18 are invited to audition

The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is giving youth ages 11-18 a chance to be part of the stage adaptation of the film Fame. Auditions are takingFAME_SC place April 3 – 6 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Youth are required to have a song and one minute monologue prepared and must call the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center at 757-247-8950 to schedule an audition. The play runs at the Ella Fitzgerald Theater July 20-22.

An unmistakable title from the unforgettable film and television franchise, Fame The Musical inspired generations to fight for fame and light up the sky like a flame! Conceived and developed by David De Silva – now known affectionately to the planet as "Father Fame" – this high-octane musical features the Academy Award-winning title song and a host of other catchy pop numbers.

The show follows the final class of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts from their admission in 1980 to their graduation in 1984. All of the struggles, fears and triumphs – from prejudice to substance abuse – are depicted with razor-sharp focus as the young artists navigate the worlds of music, drama and dance.

Fame is an international sensation that continues to reach new generations of performers and audience members. The show provides great opportunities to feature a diverse talent pool and showcase artistic mediums like dancing, singing, acting, rapping and musicianship.