/ Modified jun 27, 2012 5:35 p.m.

Youth Bring Fresh Approach to Classic Love Story

Meet stars of Fine Arts Youth Academy's production of Elton John's Aida adaptation

As stage productions go, the latest musical from Tucson's Fine Arts Youth Academy is an ambitious one. It's an adaptation of the classic opera "Aida", with music and lyrics written by Elton John and Tim Rice. But, even with a pop-music sensibility, Verdi's original love story is a mature one for teenagers to perform. Next, Mark McLemore interviews the play's two leading actors about what audiences can expect...

Isaiah Unruh - Fine Arts Youth Academy student, Radam├ęs in 'Aida' Emily Garcia - Fine Arts Youth Academy student, Aida in 'Aida' Sarah Sanderson - Fine Arts Youth Academy student (VIDEO: AZPM)

As stage productions go, the latest musical from Tucson's Fine Arts Youth Academy is an ambitious one.

The academy is presenting an adaptation of the classic opera Aida, as re-envisioned with music and lyrics written by Elton John and Tim Rice.

But even with a pop-music sensibility, Guiseppe Verdi's original 1871 love story is a mature one for teenagers to perform.

The Fine Arts Youth Academy is one of many different summer arts immersion programs that are made possible by the non-profit group Arts Express, and features the talents of youth from 9th graders through graduated seniors.

Two performances of Aida are scheduled, Thursday and Friday. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. at the Sahuaro High School Egbert Auditorium, 545 N. Camino Seco Road. More information is available at 520 319-0400.

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