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Team Broadway Inspires Young People to Follow Their Dreams

November 8, 2013

A brand new musical theater skill development program is off to a great start! It’s called Team Broadway, and I got the chance to witness this team — which to me seemed more like a family — rehearse earlier this week.

Team Broadway students practice in the studio.

Team Broadway students practice in the studio.

Team Broadway works with intermediate- to advanced-level teen performers across the Charlotte area. In weekly training sessions instructed by the award-winning, professional directing team of Linda Booth and Lori Anne Sword, students employ a variety of musical numbers to strengthen vocal, dance and character development skills. The Team Broadway fall semester will culminate with students performing in a Broadway theatrical showcase at Blumenthal’s Booth Playhouse Dec. 4 and 5, to which industry professionals and Bachelor of Fine Arts college recruiters will be invited.

“We are very excited about offering this new program to Charlotte area students who are serious about increasing and sharpening their performance skills,” said Ralph Beck, director of Education for Blumenthal Performing Arts. “We also believe musical theater programs and productions of area high schools will benefit significantly because of the extra training being done by their respective students.”

The inaugural fall session of Team Broadway will be under the musical direction of Charlotte’s very own Bill Congdon, who was most recently musical director for the national and international tours of Billy Elliot as well as musical director and conductor for the national tour of Mamma Mia!

“We are so honored to have Bill Congdon at Team Broadway this semester,” said Lori Anne Sword, artistic director of Teen City Stage. “The kids will learn so much from him. His own roots in Charlotte and incredible success will inspire them to reach for their highest goals.”

Team Broadway students learn choreography.

Team Broadway students learn choreography.

Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Team Broadway presents When I Grow Up … , a musical journey of self-discovery exploring the path from adolescence to young adulthood, on Dec. 4 and 5. This one-act showcase features wonderfully talented Charlotte area teens performing material from contemporary musical theater. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see Broadway’s future stars! CLICK HERE for more information or to purchase tickets!

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