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Broadway veteran offers Master Class to Kansas City actors

Nancy Opel, Kansas City native, offers a Master Class at The Barn Players Playhouse in Mission on May 22.
Courtesy of The Barn Players Playhouse

Kansas City theater enthusiasts get a chance to attend a master class hosted by The Barn Players on Thursday, May 22, with Tony nominated Broadway actress Nancy Opel, a spokesman for The Barn Players announced.

Opel, a Kansas City native, presents her Master Class entitled “Fearless Voice,” at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 22, at The Barn Players Playhouse, 6219 Martway, Mission, Kan. Cost is $100 for participants (limited to 15) or $25 to audit, The Barn said.

Ms Opel will do a nearly three-hour session starting with her “Sure fire 10-minute singing warmup” that helps manage nerves and improves breathing and hone intonation. She’ll give the little acting and singing secrets she has learned from 35-years in show business and will also work with each participant addressing individual needs, she said.

Her Master Class presentation will be full of information, fun, singing, vocal and acting techniques and will be limited to 15 participants – those auditing the Master Class can learn by simply watching and enjoying the program.

Opel grew up in Prairie Village and Leawood, is a graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School, and a graduate of the University of Kansas. She was a drama student at The Julliard School. According to her biography information, she began theater at age 16 in the high school production of “The Boy Friend” followed by roles in local KC theaters and then on to Broadway. She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance as “Penelope Pennywise” in the Broadway production of “Urinetown.”

Opel recently starred as Dolly in “Hello, Dolly!” at the Ford Theatre in Washington DC receiving rave reviews. She has appeared in “Memphis,” “The Toxic Avenger,” “Evita,” “Anything Goes,” “Gypsy,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a Broadway bound show “Honeymoon in Vegas” and other Broadway productions as well as on TV in episodes of Law and Order.

For information and to make reservations for Nancy Opel’s Master Class, hosted by The Barn Players, go to www.thebarnplayers.org