“Aristocats KIDS” Hits the Stage April 25

The AristocatsThe Academy of the Arts at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will perform a rendition of a classic Disney film in April as part of the Academy’s On Stage series.


Academy Kidz will perform “Aristocats KIDS” at 2 p.m. April 25 at The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown, offering a retelling of the endearing Disney musical. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.


The story chronicles a cat and her three kittens living in Paris that are abandoned in the French countryside. With the help of an alley cat named Thomas O’Malley, the cats must find their way back to Paris to confront the jealous butler who abandoned them. The performance features well-known songs from the movie, including “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat” and “Scales and Arpeggios.”


Director Shannon Stoddard praised the work the cast has done to prepare for the performance. 


“As a director, I have loved working with this group of young actors. They are so vibrant and full of life,” Stoddard said. “Audiences are going to love the show these actors put on.” 


Dr. Rosilee Russell, Academy director, said she was proud of the work done by Academy students.


“I am so excited to see these young children perform,” she said. “They are really maturing as actors and actresses.”  


Cast and crew include:


Barling: Adalie Dickson, Autumn Popp and Vaughan Popp.


Charleston: Nikki Hillman.


Fort Smith:Marlee Baldogo, Averi Bottjen, Sydney Brockett, Claire Cole, Adelaide Coleman, Gia DeWitt, Ella Dickinson, Ariana Gomez, Margaret Grubb, Haiden Horne, Sharon Howard, Emery Liggett, Ellie Montiel, Landry Settle, Ava Sicard, Leo Simonian, Sebastian Stoltz and Olivia Whitt.


Greenwood: Lexi Gordon, Ryder Mack and Raylee Wagoner.


Huntington: Chloe Beran.


Lavaca: Katie Schluterman.


Uniontown: Fairon McDowell.


Pocola, Okla.: Elliott Alexander.


Sallisaw, Okla.: Adalynn Jones.


“Aristocats KIDS” is part of the Academy’s On Stage Series, a yearlong variety of choral, orchestral and theatrical productions performed by Academy students and professional artists.


For tickets, contact the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300 or visit http://uafs.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp


Article by John Post, Director of Public Information
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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