Local Kids to Perform in Disney-Themed Cruise Event, Open to the Public
Students from the Rochester Academy of Music & Arts will take to the lake in two Disney-themed steamboat trips around the Lake Ontario shoreline
Two 60-minute showcases are planned, at 2pm and 5:30pm. Both are open to the public, and launch from the Port of Rochester. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $6 for children 12 and under. Attendees are welcome to wear Disney-themed costumes to the event. Interested parties can contact 585-506-9437 to purchase tickets.
Rochester, Please Be Our Guest
This is the Academy's third annual Disney showcase. "Our first showcase was held at a restaurant, and we were looking for a way to make the event bigger and better," explains Academy owner Brannon Hungness. The decision to hold the showcase on the Harbor Town Belle was based on Disney history. "I was reminded of Steamboat Willie, the short film that made Mickey Mouse a star. And immediately, it all came together" says Hungness.
The event aims to celebrate Rochester by highlighting the city's best local talent & natural beauty. "We chose Disney because it is a very universal theme," says Hungness. Although there are students of all ages and backgrounds performing at the event, from 4 years old to adults, no one had trouble selecting a song from a favorite Disney film (which now includes diverse properties such as Star Wars, Marvel, & Muppets.) "The response to last year's cruise was so huge that we booked two shows for this year. Through these events, we have seen how much this celebration of Disney, music, & Rochester resonates with people."
About the Rochester Academy of Music & Arts
The Rochester Academy of Music and Arts, 161 Norris Drive, is an award-winning music school located in Brighton. In 2015, it was the recipient of three "Best of Rochester Awards" for music education. The Academy was founded by Hungness in January of 2007, starting with only 14 students. It now hosts 400 students, 25 teachers and an office staff. For more information, please visit http://www.RochesterMusicLessons.com/
About the Harbor Town Belle
The Harbor Town Belle Berthed at Port of Rochester, the Harbor Town Belle was designed and built on the banks of the Genesee River. The Harbor Town Belle harkens back to simpler times when her sister Riverboats plied the greatest American waterway, the Mississippi over a century ago. You can learn more at http://www.harbortownbelle.com/