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"It must be borne in mind that the tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal.  The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.  It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream…"
-Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
"Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true."
-Leon J. Suenes

Programs | Yazzy (Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert) | Saturday Development Academy | Yazzy Summer Morning Mix | Yazzy Workshops | Artist-in-Residency

Do you love the performing arts? Are you interested in classes in art, dance, theatre, music, voice, or instrumental music?

For more information contact the Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport at (318) 525-0740 or (318) 621-8914.

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Contact Persons: Gloria C. Gipson, Executive Director
Martina Williams, Administrative Assistant
318-525-0740 / 318-621-8914 (2nd line & fax)

Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport (TPA)
27th annual Yazzy Summer Morning Mix

"The Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin"

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Shreveport are you ready!! It's Yazzy time! Join the students and faculty of Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport's Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz program, as we present our 27 th annual Summer Morning Mix grand finale production. The Yazzy Summer Morning Mix is a cultural arts program, recruiting artistically talented youth in theater, voice, dance, instrumental music and visual arts for 7 intensive weeks. The program culminates with a production on Friday, July 26, 7:00 pm, at The Municipal Auditorium, 705 Elvis Presley Blvd. in downtown Shreveport. Theme: "The Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin. Guest artists are Shreveport's own Alter Ego with a special performance by Marcia Nelson. This musical theater production represents the evidence of hard work by our 40 participants, as well as a visual arts exhibit displaying our student's talents.

Spanning across several decades of Aretha Franklin's life, Yazzy students take you on a soulful journey as they tell her life story. As a little girl Aretha finds music in the church, and her exposure to music and her father's encouragement leads her to discover opportunities and dreams only fit for a queen. The show will feature some of Mrs. Franklin's greatest hits like Respect, Chain of Fools, Rock Steady, and Freeway of Love. The show highlights Aretha's resilience as she seeks to create her own path as a Black female artist in the 60s. This tribute celebrates her life and reminds us that she was one of the most influential artist of the 20 th century.

Tickets are $20.00 for adults (18 & up); $15.00 for groups of 20 or more adults; and $10.00 for children (17 & under). Tickets can be purchased at Theatre of the Performing Arts office, 4005 Lakeshore Drive, Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, or at the Municipal Auditorium on the day of the show. For more information contact 318-525-0740 or 318-621-8914.