CPT's Summer Arts Academy at CMHA's Lakeview Terrace Estates presents The Call of the Fantastic

The Call of the Fantastic , the culminating presentation of CPT's Summer Arts Academy, is conducted in partnership with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority at the Lakeview Terrace Estates.

CPT's Summer Arts Academy is designed to engage youth residents age 7-14 in an intensive arts experience in order to nurture creativity, support academic achievement, develop life skills and provide personal enrichment. The program is an extension of CPT's ongoing Brick City Theatre program. Brick City Theatre has offered free after-school arts programming for children at CMHA's Lakeview Terrace Estates since 2000.

For six weeks, students met for four hours per day five days per week to engage in the disciplines of drama, dance, storytelling, songwriting, and Guinean drumming. The program will culminate with the presentation of a musical play written by the youth themselves. The Call of the Fantastic is a fable in which two opposing worlds must come together to find the magic that has mysteriously gone missing from their lives. Witches, fairies, wolves, frogs, and a shape-shifting cat intermingle in a tale of adventure mixed with music, dancing, and the drumbeats of strong young hands.

During the six weeks, students learned not only about the art forms themselves, but the often difficult task of following a project from beginning to end, getting along with others, and some very real life lessons. The play features three songs developed by the students under the inspired tutelage of the late Clifton W. Beasley, to whose memory this performance is dedicated. His oft-repeated words still echo in the building: "We have a show to do!"

The Call of the Fantastic is a celebration of the life of the imagination. It is an emblem of CPT's conviction that creativity must be a cornerstone in the education of our youth. The show will have one performance at 3pm, on Friday, August 13th. Free admission. Lakeview Terrace Estates is located at 1290 W. 25th St. Cleveland, 44113.

The show was made possible by the generous support of the Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Housing Authority, Ohio Children's Foundation, The Ellie Fund, The Hankins Foundation, Target Foundation, US Bancorp, The Harry K. Fox and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation, Michael Talty and the Helen Talty Charitable Trust.