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Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards hosts first workshop


Part of the Center’s recently announced Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards is recognizing productions and the amazing talent in high school performances in Northeast Wisconsin.

The other part, however, is a unique opportunity for participating schools to attend workshops led by traveling artists. In the first of these workshops, held by the recent touring cast of Chicago, students learned everything from a professional audition dance combination (set to All That Jazz), to tips for auditions, how to stay healthy as a performer and how to continue their education in the arts.

IMG_1511Actress Lauren Gemelli explained that she wasn’t accepted to some schools she auditioned for, but  made the most of her program and training and worked hard to get where she is today. She explained the different options involved in picking a school to pursue the performing arts and encouraged students that it’s important to find the right fit for themselves no matter what field they choose to pursue.

Actor Seth Danner explained to the group that as a performer they are their own biggest investment and it’s important to remember to take care of themselves by getting enough rest, staying involved in school and continuously learning and improving through classes and workshops; he also explained the importance of learning to say no to activities or people that might hinder each of them from being their best self.

IMG_4027The two also offered up advice they solicited from the entire Chicago cast in preparation from the workshop which came to this:

“There will always be someone who can sing higher, dance better, do something you can’t but be your best self…there is no other you in this world.”

Check out the photos below from the dance portion of the evening in which students were taught the same dance combination Gemelli and Danner learned for their Chicago auditions!

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