Culver City High School’s Academy of Visual and Performing Arts will present its 7th annual JAVA GALA fundraiser at downtown Culver City’s Kirk Douglas Theatre on the evening of June 6. This highly popular event culminates a year of stand-out work by students of all five AVPA departments — art, dance, film, music, and theater — and is also a final bow for AVPA’s 57 seniors who will graduate the following week. The evening’s program will feature rousing student performances of dance, theater, and music, art displays and presentations, and several student-produced films. All money raised will benefit the AVPA Foundation to fund next year’s needs across the entire program. Tickets are $45 and $60 (all reserved seating) and advance purchase is highly recommended as the evening often sells out.
Doors will open at 6:30 for a reception and silent auction, with refreshments, live music by the AVPA Jazz Combo, and a student Art Exhibition. The show will follow at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available through Center Theatre Group online at www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/reserve.aspx?performancenumber=12640. For phone orders, call 213-972-4488. Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the Ahmanson or Kirk Douglas Theatre box office when open (two hours before any performance).
Now completing its 19th year, AVPA has become an institution throughout the Culver City school district and community. “This year’s theme, One Singular Sensation, has to do both with the reasons students audition for AVPA, and the singular experience they have while in the program throughout high school,” explained AVPA Co-Executive Director Tony Spano.
JAVA GALA is produced in partnership with Center Theatre Group.
Since 1996, the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) at Culver City High School has inspired and empowered students to build a compassionate, creative community through innovative and challenging arts education. AVPA enjoys tremendous support from organizations including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Center Theatre Group, Playa Vista, and West Los Angeles College, as well as the Culver City community. To learn more, visit ww.avpa.org.