To be an entertainer, one must have nerve, moxie, and the ability to remember their Stanislavski exercises while ice-skating in a heavy penguin costume. Savor the bravery of performance with today's GrouponLive deal: for $35, you get two tickets to the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts' "Encore 40!" celebration, featuring Grey's Anatomy's Chandra Wilson, presented at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Saturday, October 15, at 7 p.m. (up to a $70 value).
The High School for the Performing Arts (HSPVA) commemorates 40 years of artistic and academic cultivation with an extravagant showcase of talent starring current students and illustrious alumni. A nationally renowned institution of performance and visual arts, HSPVA allows burgeoning young artists to build upon their craft in a creative environment free of pirouette wedgies. To celebrate four decades of entertainment stewardship, the school's vocal, instrumental, theater, visual arts, and dance departments come together to dazzle audiences with a mélange of pomp and avocation. Fresh-faced thespians share the stage with a slew of postgrad success stories, including Támar Davis from Madea's Big Happy Family and Michelle DeJean from Broadway's Chicago, as they strut their ingenuity in a series of musical numbers, chased with rounds of choral and symphonic performances. Chandra Wilson from ABC’S Grey's Anatomy plays Mistress of Ceremonies at the preshow reception, offering notes of inspiration to a school that flaunts its myriad Presidential Scholars in the Arts in the stage-frightened faces of Mount Rushmore.