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HB APA Celebrates 25 Years of Holiday Traditions

by: Megan Crawford
Posted: November 20, 2017

HUNTINGTON BEACH...The holiday season is fast approaching and with that comes a Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts (HB APA) favorite, "Sounds of the Season," on December 14-15 in the Historic HBUHSD Auditorium starting at 7 p.m. The theme this year celebrates HB APA's 25th anniversary with 25 Years of Holiday Traditions.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $16 for students/seniors 65+/children 3+ and are available for purchase online at

This production typically includes only a few of HB APA's departments, however, to properly celebrate the longevity and growth of the Academy, this year it includes all five. Presented by the Orchestra department, this show incorporates traditional and popular music, ballet, acting, a media component and even a Musical Theatre alumnus' original song.  

Orchestra director, Gregg Gilboe, began teaching "Having been here for all 25 years, it's incredible to see how APA's evolved. I can't believe this is my 25th Sounds of the Season!"

In light of the holiday spirit, HB APA collects toys for the less fortunate through the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Starting in December (date TBA), there will be a Toys for Tots donation drop off box in the APA, HBHS and HBUHSD offices. Toys must be new and unwrapped.

"The Toys for Tots drive is my favorite part about this production. It really gets me in the spirit of giving and reinforces the reason for the season," said HB APA Supervisor, Susan West. "Although this is only our fourth year participating in the Toys for Tots campaign, we're committed to making it another holiday tradition."

The HB APA guilds will also be vending APA wear and accessories in the upstairs lobby.  

About "Sounds of the Season"

HO! HO! HO! Plan to spend a little time away from the modern-day holiday grind as the APA Instrumental Music Department presents its annual celebration of winter cheer! The Musical Theatre Department, Surf City Singers, Acting, Dance and MMET Pop/Media will be there too, playing and singing all your perennial favorites and other special surprises. If you've never been to one of these, you don't know what you're missing... so swing by Grandmother's house and come start a new family tradition with your pals at APA.

About Toys for Tots

"The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted."

About the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts

The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts (HB APA) is igniting the creative artists of the future. APA is known for its award-winning theatre and musical theatre shows, accomplished dance program, strong orchestra, and the innovative, Music Media and Entertainment Technology (MMET) program. APA provides master-level instruction in classical and popular music, dance, acting, playwriting, costume design and stagecraft to over 700 students per year. APA is the arts magnet program for the Huntington Beach Union High School District.  


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