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Almond Acres Charter Academy presents ‘Rapunzel’ 

Almond Acres Charter Rapunzel

Almond Acres Charter Academy students put on a Missoula Children’s Theatre production in 2013.

For the second year, the San Miguel school promotes the arts with children’s theater

Almond Acres Charter Academy in San Miguel will once again put on a Missoula Children’s Theatre production this coming weekend to both promote the arts in school and raise money for the charter school. Auditions for “Rapunzel” will be held today and rehearsals will take place this week during school hours. Two shows will be put on and open to the public, the first on Friday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. and the second on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. Doors will open 45 minutes before the show starts.

Almond Acres Charter Missoula Children's Theatre

Almond Acres Charter Academy students perform in the 2013 Missoula Children’s Theatre show.

“Missoula representatives choose the students during auditions on Monday and will work with them until Friday in order to perform ‘Rapunze’l for the community on Friday night and Saturday afternoon,” fundraiser coordinator Heather Smith said.

This will be the second year — the school itself is in its third year — that Missoula Children’s Theatre has gone to the school. The school incorporates arts, Almond Acres Charter Academy Executive Director Bob Bourgault said, into its daily routine in numerous ways: teachers play music for their students, artists visit classes and the school encourage using the whole child. The children’s theater is the culmination of what the children learn in school.

“Missoula offers our children the opportunity to stretch their performing arts smarts and participate in something rarely seen in elementary schools today,” Bourgault said. “It’s good hard work and great fun.”

At the performances on Friday and Saturday there will be a bake sale, flowers for sale and presales of the performance on DVD. There will also be a raffle for three prize packages. Tickets are on sale through Saturday for $1 each. Prizes include a Staycation Package with certificates to River Oaks Hot Springs and Paso Robles Safari; a Family Fun Package which includes passes to the Ravine Water Park, Gift Certificate to Fish Gaucho, and movie tickets from Park Cinemas; and a Pampering Package with certificates for services at Mod Studio from Abby Stolftzfus and Kristen Volpi and a massage from Nice to be Kneaded. Fundraisers have been held throughout the fall to raise money to bring the Missoula Children’s Theatre to the school and to support ongoing efforts to enhance arts education at AACA.

Tickets for the performances are $10 for adults if purchased in advance, $15 day of performance. Children 16 and younger are $5. Both performances will be held in the auditorium on the campus of Lillian Larsen School at 1601 L St. in San Miguel.

To purchase tickets, contact a student, parent, staff member, call the school at 805-467-2095 or email fundraising@aacacademy.com. For more information about the charter school, go to www.aacacademy.com.

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