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Instructors raise the bar for students

Faculty showcase presents pupils with 'something to aim for'

“One Night Only,” fifth annual Perry-Mansfield faculty showcase When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Julie Harris Theater, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp Cost: $12 for adults; $10 for children 11 and younger Call: 879-7125

Before the season begins at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, instructors want students to know what’s expected of them.

By staging performances of pieces they have performed professionally or that are in progress, instructors hope to raise the bar for students.

“It’s very important for students to have something to aim for,” said Perry-Mansfield musical theater director Andrew Levine.

By presenting students with standards that took decades to attain, Levine thinks the ones who are meant to do great things will “feel the calling.”

Being in the presence of great art should be “a gut check,” Levine said. “It tells you where your hunger is at.”

Many of the students at Perry-Mansfield live outside of major cities and do not always have access to touring productions. This can be a chance for those students to be exposed to professional-level works.

On Saturday night, the public also is invited to attend “One Night Only,” the fifth annual Perry-Mansfield fac–ulty showcase.

The night will begin with a history of Perry-Mansfield as told by T. Ray Faulkner, a one-time friend of “the ladies,” Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield.

The performances will include six short dance pieces from dance faculty, including a piece titled “Winter,” which will be performed by Julie Ludwick using a low trapeze. She choreographs her movements with the trapeze in a way that the trapeze becomes another dancer.

Faculty of the musical theater department will demonstrate all the skills that are needed to perform in musicals.

“We will show ourselves as composers, as improvisers, as singers and as actors,” Levine said.

They will perform songs from the musical “Blue Flower,” which Perry-Mansfield audiences may remember from the New Noises Festival of 2003.

— To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210

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