For the second year in a row,( and hopefully the last,) AVPA’s annual celebration and fundraiser – Java Gala – will be a virtual performance online. Join AVPA on Saturday, May 22 to celebrate 25 years of AVPA – celebrated by performances and presentations by students who have learned to create in new and unique ways.
Java will also feature works by our students in collaboration with Culver City High School English students who wrote Six Word Memoirs. And AVPA will recognize its graduating Class of 2021 seniors!
But “Java” has a long tradition in AVPA, going back to our first school year – 1996-1997. The first iteration was a production called “Java Drama.” These small, coffeehouse shows were an opportunity for AVPA students to showcase their art, music, film, and drama. Yes, coffee was available for audience members who watched the show in the early years at the Ivy Substation, current home of The Actors’ Gang.
After 13 Java Drama productions (there were two Java Dramas the first school year), we moved to the Kirk Douglas Theatre to allow for larger audiences. But the expense of the venue would only allow for one show, one night – so Java Drama became a fundraising event – Java Gala! We look forward to sharing our 26th “Java” show – and lucky 13th Java Gala – to close out our 25th year!
An online auction with dozens of great items will be going live soon!
Viewing Java Gala is FREE, however, a suggested tax-deductible donation of $25 per household is greatly appreciated. Link to donate is on the show page – you can donate at any time, before, during, or after the show.
A student art and music presentation will be posted at 6:30 p.m. on May 22 with the main show at 7 p.m.