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  • Starlight Theatre offering "Master Classes" for students

  • Starlight Theatre’s new Master Classes will allow incoming fifth through 12th graders an opportunity to polish their singing and acting skills.

     

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  • Starlight Theatre’s new Master Classes will allow incoming fifth through 12th graders an opportunity to polish their singing and acting skills.
    Starlight Theatre Academy is offering three sessions of its “Acting the Song” Master Class at Starlight Theatre. Master Classes are designed to help students polish their musical theatre skills by learning from theatre professionals.
    During the “Acting the Song” class, participants will learn to bring the character of a song to life. Each student will work with the master teaching artist to solidify his or her presentation while all class members observe. Students must prepare up to two songs of 32 bars each with sheet music (accompanist provided).
    Andy Parkhurst and Michael Grayman will teach the first session of “Acting the Song” for incoming fifth to eighth graders from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  July 2. The cost is $79 for participants and $39 for parents. Students who choose to audit the class will not be evaluated.
    The second session for incoming ninth and 10th graders will be from 1:30 to 5 p.m.  July 2. The cost is $99 for participants and $39 for parents and students who choose to audit the class but not be evaluated.
    Parkhurst and Grayman are co-founders of Spinning Tree Theatre in Kansas City and directors and choreographers of several productions for Starlight Children’s Theatre. As performers, they toured internationally with Mamma Mia.
    Mark Madama will teach the final session of “Acting the Song”  from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 6 for incoming 11th and 12th graders as well as recent graduates. The cost is $190 for participants and $50 for parents. Students who choose to audit the class will not be evaluated.
    Madama is an accomplished director, writer and actor. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Michigan and is the director of “Footloose,” which will be at Starlight Theatre, Aug. 5 to 11.
    Registration forms can be downloaded at www.kcstarlight.com. Classes are limited to 12 participants. For more information, contact Andy Pierce at 816-997-1134 or by email at education@kcstarlight.com.
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