Come out Saturday, August 16th to the Main Branch of the New Orleans Public Library for NOPL’s Back to School Rally, Book Parade & Fun Fest. The kids form the UMT will be performing live along with other special guest throughout the day. For more info on Saturday’s event, click here.
Please come out and support Uptown Music Theatre’s production of Annie Jr. The show dates are Friday, July 25 @ 7:00 pm & Saturday, July 26 @ 4:00 & 7:00 pm. The performance will be held at the Ellis Marsalis Center, 1900 Bartholomew Street, New Orleans, LA 70115. Tickets are $10.00 for kids and $15.00 for adults. You will also be able to purchase tickets at the door as well.
Our kids rocked the stage at Hickory Dickory Rock last Saturday! The event, put on by Family Services of Greater New Orleans, is their annual fun-raising event that benefits New Orleans’ kids, City Park’s Storyland and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. Check out a few pictures of our kids below!
Thank you to everyone who helped during the UMT’s Fish Fry Fundraiser. Your support will help our students make their way to Atlanta for the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival. The fish fry was a huge success and we sold over 500 plates! A lot of our parents pitched in but we want to give a huge thank you to parents Tracey Madison and Kay Gant! See more pictures from our Fish Fry by visiting our Facebook page here.
We would like to thank everyone who came out to the Sweet Sounds of Music Fundraiser for the kids of the Uptown Music Theatre. We had a great time and we hope you did too! Your efforts have gone toward a great cause and helping a great bunch of kids in New Orleans follow their dreams. There were lots of people who helped us pull this off but below are a few people who we absolutely could not have done it with out. THANK YOU! See more pictures from the event on our Facebook page.
Join us October 20th from 6-9pm at the Xavier University Ballroom for the Sweet Sounds of Music. The event will feature music by The Hot 8, The Iguanas, Leah Chase, Robin Barnes, Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra. There will also be a silent auction & raffle with great prizes. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Uptown Music Theatre. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504-563-7591.
On January 13–15, 2012, Uptown Music Theatre’s Broadway Babies—23 talented New Orleans youths competed in the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA along with over 2700 other students from around the nation. The event celebrated musical theater in its entire splendor, featuring professional actors, writers and producers specializing in theater.
The first day was a full one for the kids, with a 10-hour chartered bus ride from NOLA followed by a 2-½ hour rehearsal. They arose bright and early the next day to join their ABC division (7 groups representing 6 different states and ranging in age from 7–15). UMT respectfully cheered the 1st act at 8:45am, reigning champions—and geographic next-door-neighbors from Metairie, LA—Jefferson Performing Arts Society. Known for their excellent and professional productions, JPAS did not disappoint; their version of “Once On This Island” displayed championship form throughout. Another standout group, the all-Asian PS 124, Yung Wing Elementary from New York City, directed by Mr. Chester Lee, gave a strong showing that featured excellent choreography and props. These performances set a tone that the “Broadway Babies” had 4 hours to contemplate.
Last up in the division, UMT took the stage at 1pm with a firm resolve and purpose. Energized and engaged, our Broadway Babies gave their most brilliant performance to date. The judges commented on the kids’ precision, focus and sheer joy that left the audience both riveted and thoroughly entertained. After a holler of “Crescent City,” the kids danced out of the room chanting, “Who Dat!” (Although their beloved Saints would fall to the 49ers a few hours later.)
In an unexpected upset, our Broadway Babies won their division and proudly hoisted the big trophy for Outstanding Production. Out of 60 competing groups, UMT was 1 of only 7 featured on the big stage the following day, in front of 3,000 folks. In addition to the group recognition, several UMT kids were selected for individual honors. View competition video footage here:
UMT extends a special thanks to everyone who supported the kids’ trip.