CHEK Upside: Sidney musical theatre students heading to Broadway

CHEK Upside: Sidney musical theatre students heading to Broadway

In the Mary Winspear Centre, the next generation of musical theatre performers are honing their skills.

“I’ve learned a lot and this group has made me feel more comfortable,” says performer Lily Burns.

The group is called Mountain Dream Productions and for 30 years they’ve been providing musical theatre training to youth throughout the Capital Region.

“We teach musical theatre techniques, singing, acting, dancing, stagecraft, lighting, stage management, all of those things,” says executive director Rob Forbes.

“What we really are teaching are the soft skills, the self confidence, the self discipline, leadership, the teamwork, the self motivation.”

This March break seven of those students will head to New York for a crash course in all things musical theatre at the Broadway Student Summit, an international gathering of theatre students hosted by the Broadway Teaching Group.

“We’re basically going to New York, taking some Broadway workshops and some private lessons to learn more about the art of musical theatre and we’re going to go to some Broadway shows,” says Burns.

For the students participating, the experience will be a golden opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

“I’m just really excited to be able to see Broadway shows and go and meet new people and just be in a place with other people that have the same interests as me,” says performer Charlie Walls.

“It means a lot, I think I could really learn way more and I think it would be really fun, especially with all of my friends going,” adds Burns.

The Broadway Student Summit runs from Mar. 19 to 20. To learn more about Mountain Dream Productions, visit their website.

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