Frisco is Rolling Out the Red Carpet for North Texas Performing Arts

The people have chosen!

On April 13, 2019, your favorite Frisco-based NPTA youth theater stars will dress their best and walk the red carpet to be honored at the 4th annual North Texas Performing Arts-Frisco AMP Awards.

Sounds like a big deal, right? Well, it is, and not just for fans, but for the student stars who will take home awards and the families who supported them. These local kids spent months this year working hard to develop themselves both on the stage and off, demonstrating positive character traits such as teamwork, discipline, and support for their peers.

NTPA Frisco AMPS awardsThe young Frisco thespians and their families – won't be the only ones celebrating at the award show. Seasoned emcee Joe Trahan, reporter and anchor for WFAA in Dallas, will lead the ceremony with his usual warmth and witty repertoire while NTPA-Frisco kids help deliver awards to their peers. Erika Bazan, Co-Chair of the 2019 AMPs shared,

As the AMP awards draw closer and closer we get more and more excited! The outpouring of support from our community and our parents has been outstanding this year. We have a committee of 13 people who have committed to give their time and energy to planning and running our amazing AMP Awards this year. Not to mention our board members and volunteer parents and all of the time and effort they have put in. Our youth deserve an amazing night for their hard work. These kids devote time on evenings and weekends to produce the best youth theatre has to offer and we are so happy to celebrate them.

And the AMP Award Goes to…

There's one thing we're not sure about… Will there be slime dumped on anyone's head as they do at the Kids Choice Awards? Fingers crossed! One thing we're certain of, there will be laughter and entertainment, as well as the delight of watching kids' faces beam as they're recognized for their hard work and dedication.

NTPA FriscoGuests will enjoy special live performances throughout the show featuring musical acts from the past year and shows about to hit the stage in 2019.

The 4th Annual AMPs (Achievement of Memorable Performances) will be held at Liberty High School in Frisco and divided by division in two shows. Each show will recognize that division’s Outstanding and Runner Up award recipients in dozens of categories, culminating in Outstanding Actor and Actress and the coveted NTPA Leadership Award. Randy Archambault, Chairman, NTPA-Frisco shared,

Each year we come together as a family to celebrate all of the Memorable Performances from the prior year. We celebrate each and every child that participated in one of our many productions. The AMPS allow us to recognize the hard work of each child both on and off stage. This year over 400 NTPA-Frisco students will be recognized in over 200 different categories.

There will be short update messages from NTPA Leadership during most sessions, as well as exciting announcements about upcoming shows and fun “year in review” videos. Lindsey Lederer, Managing Director for NPTA-Frisco and NPTA-Dallas shared,

I'm so proud of our students and the exceptional work they produced on the North Texas Performing Arts Frisco stage in 2018. The AMPs provides directors the opportunity to celebrate and award their actors for their hard work and to revitalize songs from the 2018 shows. My favorite thing about the AMPs is seeing all of the camaraderie between the students as the awards are being announced. It’s a night full of celebration!

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Join the Audience!

Naturally, the estimated 500+ audience will be primarily made up of NTPA-Frisco families, but the general community is invited to purchase tickets as well for what will most certainly be a fun evening! (Is there a budding thespian in your household?)

NTPA Frisco 2A schedule of the evening's festivities is available on the NTPA website, as well as a thorough description of the awards divisions, how they award finalists are determined, and ticket prices.

Dinner will be provided by Piada at the After Party! (Be sure to purchase a dinner ticket for each member of your family in order to receive a meal at the event.)

What NTPA-Frisco Means to the Students

Look at any Frisco calendar of events and you'll consistently see a North Texas Performing Arts Frisco production coming up (or Frisco Youth Theatre, as they were once known). Beloved by the Frisco community for their consistent stream of program offerings for grades K-12 (including classes, camps, and the inclusive Starcatchers program) the youth theater is more than just an extracurricular activity for the kids, it's character-building.

NTPA Frisco 3Leadership, responsibility, respect, discipline, integrity… Not to mention, for many, an increase in self-confidence.

“To me, NTPA is my family! I’ve been doing NTPA for a little while now and I felt like I have made a connection and every time I walk in the room it’s always like there’s a friend waiting for me and I feel very supported in that room!!” — Aliah, age 9

“Being part of NTPA has made me so much more confident and brave. Before NTPA I couldn’t look people in the eyes when I was talking to them and even when I did talk, it was barely above a whisper. I’ve made so many memories and friends, they’re like family through this experience. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!!” — Isabella, age 12

The Future is Bright

In 2018, NTPA moved into their very own rehearsal space off Preston Road in Frisco, but the 501(c)3 continues to need performance space to call their own.

Nack TheaterOne of the new developments in Frisco receiving a lot of positive attention is the Nack Theater. A project in partnership with former MLB player Torii and Katrina Hunter, it will provide a permanent residence for the North Texas Performing Arts to hold their rehearsals and performances.

The Theater will also serve as an entertainment venue for the Rail District by providing comedy nights, recitals, and performances for the residents of Frisco to attend in an intimate, yet enjoyable environment. Contact NTPA-Frisco for information about how you can partner financially with NTPA to make this dream a reality!

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