PIQUA — When the youth of a community grows an appreciation for the the arts, it is something worth celebrating.
Music Warehouse will be performing their 20th anniversary performance called “I Was Here,” celebrating 20 years of youth participating in the performing arts in Piqua on Aug. 7-8 at Hance Pavillion in Fountain Park at 8 p.m.
The two-hour show will highlight a compilation of songs over the last two decades, songs from “Mary Poppins,” “Tarzan,” and “Rent,” to list a few. There will also be medleys from “The Lion King,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.”
The cast includes the youth chorus with grades 3-8, senior chorus with ninth grade to college students, and alumni.
“That is one of the most exciting parts, is seeing the alumni interact with the younger choirs,” said Tom Westfall, founder of Music Warehouse. “I have people coming from Colorado, Florida, and New York … it will be very exciting.”
Rehearsal for the performance has gone on for six weeks — since the end of June. As always, costumes and choreography are integral parts of the show. Rehearsal has been taking place at Fountain Park.
“Everything has been going very well,” Westfall said. “Everyone is working really hard, and things are coming together nicely.”
Music Warehouse came to be after Westfall graduated college and wanted to start a summer arts program for the community. It is fully funded by the community, local businesses, grants, and foundations. The summer program lasts for six weeks, teaching the youth about music, dance, drama/staging, set and costume, orchestration, and performance.
“It’s been amazing support from the community over the past 20 years … it’s been a huge blessing,” Westfall said. “A big thank you to the community for their support over the past 20 years.”
For more information, contact Music Warehouse at (937) 773-8198 or visit online at MusicWarehousePiqua.com.
Reach Amy Barger at (937) 451-3340.