Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Theater students land roles in holiday productions

Congratulations to theater students who've recently been cast in stage productions around town.

Some of our musical theater students recently got a taste of Broadway with a walk-on role in Elf, the Musical here at the Straz Center.

Congratulations to the following students who played the children in line for Santa in Elf, which played in Morsani Hall:
Torrie Bradley, Emma Kerrick, Ashlyn Lopez, Lindsey Davis, Sarah Watson, Ben Watson, Caleb Quezon, Katie Troke, Alexa Lowrey, Analisa Benitez, Brianna Serafin, Bianca Rivera-Irions, Catherine Touchton and Mark Bensonoff.

Congratulations to musical theater student Paige Crockett who was cast in two upcoming productions.

Paige was cast as Young Helen in Hollywood Arms, playing in January at the Francis Wilson Playhouse in Clearwater, and she was cast as Bob Cratchit's daughter, Martha, in the musical version of A Christmas Carol at FreeFall Theater in St. Petersburg.

“I auditioned for (A Christmas Carol) last year, and it was really fun,” said Paige, 13, who played three different children’s roles in the production last year.

Paige started taking theater classes at 11. An avid tap dancer, she enjoyed music as well and decided to combine her interests with musical theater. She’s taken classes and performed with St. Petersburg City Theater, FreeFall Theater and Ruth Eckerd Hall.

She started at the Patel Conservatory this fall, and enjoys the atmosphere and instructors. “It’s always helpful to learn from different places,” she said.

“I’m really excited for the upcoming show, and I’m excited for upcoming things at Patel,” she said.

She’s looking forward to Music Man, Jr. at the Patel Conservatory in the spring. Auditions for Music Man, Jr. will be Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.

“I haven’t done a play at Patel yet, and I think it’s going to be really fun,” she said.

A Christmas Carol will be at FreeFall Theater in St. Petersburg Dec. 13 through Dec. 30, 2012.

Want to learn how to stand out at auditions? Check out our audition workshops! Join us Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, 2012 for audition techniques that could help you snag that next role! The audition workshop series will be offered again in Feburary.

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