Civic kicks off 2012 young adult summer program

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Civic Theatre’s next season will debut with “A Chorus Line” from September 7th through the 22nd.

Most area residents know how many talented high school athletes hail from Hamilton County. Do the names Josh McRoberts, Kevin Plawecki and Gary Harris ring a bell?

But if you’ve ever attended one of the thrilling theatre performances presented by our area high schools, then you know that our community is rich in stage talent as well.

And it’s about to get even better. That’s because Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre has launched one of the most diverse and inspiring young adult summer programs in the United States. It’s an in-depth, three-week theatre workshop for students ages 14 to 18 consisting of intensive rehearsals and specialized programs that culminate in a fully supported and professionally staffed production on the state-of-the-art Tarkington stage.

What teenager who desires a moment in the spotlight could ask for more?

I want to call special attention to four components of Civic’s 2012 young adult summer program that might be of special interest to aspiring performers of all ages in your family:

1)      “From Here to Broadway” will feature Lawrence North High School alum, Ben Davis, as he talks with workshop participants about his path from the northeast side of Indianapolis to the stages of Broadway. His message? If I can successfully make that journey, so can you!

2)      Bill Jenkins, Chair of Ball State’s Department of Theatre and Dance, will tell students “How to Nail Your College Audition.”

3)      “Resume Boot Camp” is a unique opportunity for the teens in your family to get help from industry professionals in preparing their performing arts resumes for college applications.

4)      And you don’t want to miss Civic Theatre’s young adult production of “Broadway Palooza – An Evening of Great Moments in Musical Theatre!” at 7:30 p.m. on July 27 and 28, starring many of the most talented teens in the region.

You can find out more about dates, times and nominal charges (when applicable) for all of these young adult summer programs at www.civictheatre.org.

There’s a lot more teenage talent in this area than we often hear about, and Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre is at the forefront in helping to identify, educate and inspire this talent. Join us for one of the performances at “Broadway Palooza” or attend one of our special career workshops and see for yourself!

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