The Academy's Rising Stars (Students)
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The Academy's Rising Stars (Students)

Every semester we will shine the spotlight on a few of our RISING STARS students from the previous semester who not only show great promise and great potential in the performing arts, but great purpose by demonstrating how arts can develop their life skills and help improve academic performance, such as building confidence, increasing literacy and collaborating to complete a common goal.

Student Success Spotlight (Fall 2017)

Nia Hutchins
The QUADRUPLE THREAT

Nia Hutchins

This little lady came to the Children's Performing Arts Academy at only 5 years old and was full of zeal. Now at 8 years old she is a singer, dancer and actress. There has never been a dull moment from the time she arrives until she bids us all a good night. Our advantage with Nia is that she enrolled in our program reading way above her grade level. We advise all of our parents to encourage their children to read. She is proof that a great reader has great potential. One of Nia's many goals was to be a part of an intergenerational theater production, so in December 2017 her dream came true. Nia was a featured star in LeapNhigh Productions' "In Between Time" and did a phenomenal job! Nia is a triple threat singer, dancer, and actress. It is our absolute honor to watch her grow into her greatness. Nia Hutchins, you are the face of SUCCESS!

Armani Smith
The DISCOVERER

Armani Smith

Armani joined the Children's Performing Arts Academy in the summer of 2017 at 12 years old. She came with the desire to increase her ability and skill in dance. What she didn't know was that she would tap into a gift that she never knew she had. Armani was under the impression that if she got an acting role in our summer production it would box her in and she wouldn't be able to dance. However, here at the CPAA we encourage the triple threat. After asking Armani to read as the princess in our summer production of "UNTANGLED," the drama instructors discovered that she was actually a great little actress. After much encouragement, when Armani returned for our fall semester she came ready to learn the art and skill of acting and conquered every task as we knew she could. We are more than excited to see how awesome her future will be. Armani Smith, you are the face of SUCCESS!

Naim Hall
The MAN IN FRONT AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES

Naim Hall

At 12-years-old Naim made it very clear at his arrival that he was merely here to support his younger brother Emmanuel's tenacity for acting and theater. Naim planned to learn the business aspect and back stage roles of theater. While we could all clearly see that Emmanuel was destined for stardom we also observed a hidden talent in Naim. After about one week of instruction Naim had found his niche. He auditioned for one of the lead roles in the summer production but, sang, danced, and asked to be a teacher in training. All of his goals were met! After an awesome summer Naim returned to us in fall 2017 at age 14 as Langston Hughes in our production of the "Harlem Renaissance" and remains committed to his gift of acting. He has found his ability to captivate an audience with his words and character. We look forward to seeing Naim in future projects and anticipate continued greatness in him. Naim Hall, you are the face of SUCCESS!

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