Onlookers take in a hip-hop dance class at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp on Sunday as the school celebrated its 100th year with an open house.

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Onlookers take in a hip-hop dance class at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp on Sunday as the school celebrated its 100th year with an open house.

Perry-Mansfield hosts open house to celebrate 100 years

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Samantha Purdy, a dancer from Durango, swings on a trapeze Sunday at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp open house.

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Alena Rossi, 7, reaches to pet a miniature pony Sunday at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp's open house.

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Jake Deibert, of New Jersey, swings on a trapeze Sunday at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp open house.

— Regan Hicks sat on a bench at Strawberry Park Elementary School on Sunday, bristling for what was ahead.

Hicks’ parents have a house in Steamboat Springs and the family had spent the past month in town. Originally from Houston, Hicks radiates when talking about theater.

She just did a performance of the musical, "Into the Woods."

“I want to be an actress in movies,” she said.

And the family from its time here before has driven past Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp countless times.

But never have the Hicks stopped there until Sunday.

“I wanted to see what it’s about,” Regan said. “It sounds interesting. This is the first time I’ve heard about it.”

With friend Darlinda Baldinger having gone there, and Sunday providing an open house of Perry-Mansfield, it was the perfect opportunity.

“I went here years ago,” Baldinger said. “I told her, ‘You’re going to love it.’”

The open house provided a rare look into the camp. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, members from all across the community poured through Perry-Mansfield getting a little look and taste of what the school offers.

There were equestrian demonstrations, aerial dance, ballet, hip-hop dance presentations, song-writing sessions and a look into rehearsals for two upcoming shows.

Perry-Mansfield performances are scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday with "Scene Crawl," described as a moveable feast of important scenes from theater repertoire in all venues. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available by clicking here or at the door.

The school then will put on an "Evening of Dance" from Friday to Sunday. This performance, Lazarus said, is unique. She said the school rarely holds performances off campus, but the Steamboat Springs High School venue provided a prime location. Each show begins at 8 p.m., and tickets can be purchased for $25 by clicking here or at the door.

On Sunday, members of each performance were giving people a look into the numbers.

“It was a good opportunity to bring the community here,” said, Alden Moore, who teaches theater at the school. “I think everyone in Steamboat knows about Perry-Mansfield. If they don’t, it was a great way to reconnect to the camp.”

The event drew large crowds throughout the day, offering a look at what goes on at the school.

From dance, equestrian, acting and singing, the open house was a great way to showcase the school in its 100th year.

“We wanted to help out with the open house and make it a positive experience for everyone,” said Tyrone Speller, who was doing a six-week summer course at the school and will enroll in the University of Oklahoma for dance in the fall. “The feel of today is amazing.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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