Middle School Musical Tickets

Royal Blood – Middle School Musical
Written by Kevin Townley
Music & Lyrics by Josh Franklin
Directed by Kyle Pleasant
Music Direction by Marissa Davis
December 15th-17th

The country is in trouble. The top 5% of the population has all the wealth while the bottom 95% pays all the tax; there’s no medical care; and the police have turned against the people. To make matters worse, children have begun to vanish…and the reason is the greatest horror of them all. It’s France in 1750 and King Louis XV just might be a vampire! Peasants, priests, and philosophers (hey Voltaire!) must come together to learn that when a crisis is met with superstition rather than compassion we really do get vampires…after all, what is a vampire if not a rich bloodsucker with no capacity for reflection?

Middle School Delegate Needed

Middle School Co-Delegate Election will be held during next month’s PTA Meeting.

We are seeking self-nominations from parents who would like to be a middle school co-delegate.

If interested, please send your name to president@ ppaspta.org. While anyone is welcome, ideally it would be wonderful to have a parent of a 6th or 7th grade student.

If you missed last week’s PTA meeting, here’s a link to the slide deck of what was discussed.

The Lightning Thief

Come see the Middle School show!

As the half-blood son of a Greek god, Percy Jackson has newly-discovered powers he can’t control, a destiny he doesn’t want, and a mythology textbook’s worth of monsters on his trail. When Zeus’s master lightning bolt is stolen and Percy becomes the prime suspect, he has to find and return the bolt to prove his innocence and prevent a war between the gods. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the thief. He must travel to the Underworld and back; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and come to terms with the father who abandoned him. Adapted from the best-selling book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action-packed mythical adventure “worthy of the gods” (Time Out New York).

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Show Dates:

Thursday, June 16th @ 7 pm

Friday, June 17th @ 7 pm

Saturday, June 18th @ 2 pm & 7 pm

Juneteenth Celebration

Manhattan Youth is excited to celebrate Juneteenth at an event on Pier 25, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, on Sunday, June 19th. 

The celebration will include vendors, music, art, food, youth activities and more! Manhattan Youth wants to commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth with the community. 

As part of this event, MY would love to hear from the PPAS middle school students – especially what Juneteenth means to them. If your child would like to submit a creative expression, they would love to showcase it at the event. This can be a song or poem, an essay or story, a painting or photograph — all types of artistic expression are welcomed! 

Submit student submissions.  (Middle School Students Only)

If your child is interested in submitting their work, they have to submit it no later than Tuesday, June 14th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Matthew McGlennen at mmcglennen@manhattanyouth.org.

Performing Arts Conservatory

The Performing Arts Conservatory introduces and cultivates a love of performing arts in third- to eighth-grade students (children ages 8 to 14) by emphasizing dedication, discipline, and enjoyment in dance and musical theater. Students are exposed to a multidisciplinary arts education while building our three core values of confidence, character, and community.

The Conservatory is devoted to delivering quality instruction in dance (ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern and contemporary) and musical theater in a safe, nurturing, and fun-filled environment. Over the course of seven weeks each summer, students of all skill levels learn the magic of dance, stage presence, vocal technique, and ensemble work. Students also have opportunities to experience the rich artistic vibrancy of their city on local field trips.

The Conservatory’s multidisciplinary curriculum is taught by professional New York City-based artists and led by experienced artists and arts educators; our Dance Director has over 20 years of professional experience in teaching and performing and our Musical Theater Director is an arts educator and Broadway performer. Students receive additional support from an enthusiastic, talented, and dedicated team of youth counselors who combine a love of theater and dance with a desire to help young people achieve their highest potential.The Conservatory concludes with a showcase performance and celebration. Family, friends, and community members are invited to watch students share the fruits of their hard work throughout the summer.

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We Are Golden

Come support some of our 7th graders at their concert reading!

We Are Golden: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Stories
Directed by Marissa Davis

We are Golden is an eclectic evening of music from some of the most dynamic queer singer/songwriters of our time. The show explores themes of love, loss, community, and joy within the LGBTQ+ experience, and features songs by Hayley Kiyoko, Kim Petras, Mika, and Shea Diamond, to name a few! Above all else, We are Golden aims to be a celebration of diversity and unapologetic self-love. 

Show Dates:
Wednesday, March 16th @ 7 pm
Thursday, March 17th @ 7 pm

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8th Grade Play

Winter Break – 8th Grade
Written by Joe Calarco
Directed by Lillian Meredith

Time: Now. Place: A town in the United States of America where Winter is cold. Winter Break has just begun. Alternately hilarious and touching, the play follows nineteen teenagers, some who know each other, some who don’t, as they wrestle with friendships, breakups, loss, graduation, and their place in the world.

Show Dates:
Thursday, December 16th @ 7 pm
Friday, December 17th @ 7 pm
Saturday, December 18th @ 7 pm

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The Greatest 6th Grade Show

The Greatest 6th Grade Show – 6th Grade Devised Plays
Devised by the Ensemble
Directed by Monique Moses

Devised through collaborative artistic processes and group learning, sixteen sixth graders explore what it means to be in middle school and separated by computer screens. Through short plays and movement pieces created by them and for them, they search for ways to connect, grow, and break free despite the difficulties of adapting to a pandemic.

Show Dates:
Thursday, December 9th @ 7:15 pm
Friday, December 10th @ 6:45 pm

Reserve tickets for The Greatest 6th Grade Show!