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Booker High VPA to Showcase “Phantasmic,” – October 30

by Rebecca Abrahamson, VPA Coordinator & AICE English General Paper Instructor at Booker High School

SARASOTA COUNTY, October 22, 2020 – Booker High School’s Visual & Performing Arts Center will host a farewell performance – “Phantasmic,” – in the existing theatre building at 7:00 PM on Friday, October 30th. The VPA theatre is slated for a $22 million renovation beginning in December that will bring the building up to code regarding safety, improve the stage and house, expand and enhance the lobby, add new classrooms, and eventually see the addition of a black box theatre that will help transform the building into a state-of-the-art performing arts complex.

“Phantasmic” is a VPA collaboration that celebrates the end of a life in song, dance, and theatre, a fitting final performance on the VPA stage that was built some 25 years ago. With content exploring the ephemeral nature of life, the legacy that lives on past our final breath, and those secrets that are carried to the grave, “Phantasmic” is a fitting autumnal tribute to this beloved space.

While reflective and pensive in nature, the show is also a spooky Halloween-season jaunt, featuring a variety of works, from pop songs like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to Danny Elfin’s “This is Halloween”. It will also showcase the original collaborative work of celebrated Theatre Chair Scott Keys and Musical Director Johnnie Mnich, who penned “Sleepy Hollow”, which enjoyed a world premiere in this space in October 2012. “Phantasmic” was conceived by VPA Choir Director Alexander Zickafoose, who wrote the title song, which will be premiered during the performance.

In keeping well under the guidelines for audience sizes, the live performance is limited to 50 guests, but the VPA will broadcast the show live so that Booker VPA fans can tune in and witness the art from the safety of their homes. The broadcast will be dynamic and intimate, guaranteeing great seats from anywhere, even the comfort of home. Those tuning in can join here: