Ten students in central Arkansas are auditioning to attend an iTheatrics workshop in New York City this summer.
According to their website, "iTheatrics’ New York City-based Broadway Academy offers dedicated young performers the chance to experience first-hand the thrill and challenges of professional acting. The program is designed to allow students to reach new levels of personal achievement in a supportive and engaging environment.
Young artists accepted into the Academy are expected to rise to the challenge of presenting a performance of a new musical theatre title after an intensive rehearsal process. For this reason, admission to the Academy is by audition only on a show-by-show basis.
Past shows have included the first-ever performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR., Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. and the inaugural reading of The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.
During the production process, Academy artists receive instruction in all aspects of musical theatre – including acting, vocal performance and movement – from prestigious theatre professionals.
The Broadway Academy offers young adults the rare opportunity to work with peers who share their commitment and talent. Students also have the chance to be seen by important leaders from the creative community. Past audience members have included musical theatre authors including Stephen Schwartz, Sheldon Harnick, Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan, as well as leading executives from Disney Theatrics Productions, Music Theatre International and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts."
The Arkansas students chosen to audition for this elite workshop experience are Katie Collins, 17, of Cabot; Josh Graham, 17, of Cabot; Riley Hoffer, 17, of Cabot; Caitlin Peters, 9, of Cabot; Josh Scott, 17, of Cabot; D'Vitrius Shirley-Davie, 11, of Conway; Becca Smith, 15, of Cabot; Jessica Smith, 12, of Cabot; Chloe Tibbett, 16, of Jacksonville; and Analisa Wilson, 11, of Beebe.
They are being sponsored by the Central Arkansas Performing Arts Academy (CAPAA) in Cabot.