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January 23, 2014

Wanted: Stars who are ready to shine

New workshop provides intensive training for budding performers

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“I think it’s a good opportunity for kids that are really interested in getting a little more intensive training, so they can pinpoint more of their strengths and weaknesses and how we can improve that,” Pike Edmond said. “It’s allowing them to work with everyone at the same caliber, so it’s not this mix of abilities.”

“Really the best program is a synthesis of many activities that young people do individually — music-making, dance, acting,” Hoyt Kimball said. “So we’re literally trying to combine those and see what we can put together in a few days’ time with a sort of showcase performance at the end of it.”

While they have an outline in mind, Pike Edmond said they will really work on tailoring the workshop once they have assembled the group of youths. The program has a maximum enrollment of 22, with a cost of $140 per student.

At Saturday’s auditions, which will be held at The Dance Place, Pike Edmond said she will be on the lookout for dancers who have both technical ability and creativity.

“I’m looking for that little spark in a dancer,” she said. “If I ask them a question, can they take that question and answer it with their body?”

Additionally, she wants to see students who work well with others and are willing to focus solely on the task at hand. She also thinks a sense of humor is crucial.

“I want everyone to succeed, so the biggest thing is it’s a fun environment,” she said. “I’m looking for a student that is comfortable in their skin and can show me their confidence in a very relaxed, positive way and can work with other kids, can work as an ensemble.”

If you go

What: Auditions for Raise the Bar[re] Performance Project

Who: Students in grades four through 12

When: Saturday, 2 p.m. Program runs Feb. 18-21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: The Dance Place, The Tannery Marketplace, Mill 1, 50 Water St., Newburyport

Prerequisites: One to three years’ experience in either ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical or tap dance. Previous participation in school or community choruses or theatrical/dance productions.

More information: For an audition slot, email janice@firehouse.org or call 978-499-9931.

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