CALLING ALL PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS! ‘BRING DOWN THE HOUSE’ AT YOUR AUDITION
Students can register for the Kravis Center’s virtual coaching with local teaching artists in 2021
(West Palm Beach, FL.) – The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is offering students private coaching classes through the Bring Down the House virtual programming to prepare students for auditions of a lifetime in theater, dance, communications, piano and vocal performance at BAK Middle School of the Arts (MSOA) and Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Over 33 lessons have been scheduled for the virtual coaching classes to help students ‘bring down the house’ and increase their chances of being selected for one of the competitive spots.
The virtual audition process varies from program to program and each student will earn a qualifying score averaged from three adjudicators based on items prepared prior to and the tasks required during the 3-hour audition. The virtual auditions for BAK MSOA begin on January 11, 2021 and the Dreyfoos School of the Arts virtual auditions take place January through February 2021.
“We are delighted to provide interactive, online coaching to performing arts students by some of the best instructors in our area,” said Tracy Butler, Director of Education for the Kravis Center. “All of us at the Kravis Center miss preparing students for their next steps in the arts field, and these classes are just one of the many things we are doing to stay connected to them.”
The private coaching classes are taught by local teaching artists including dancer/choreographer, Lindsay Bell; vocalist, Casey Kunmann; theater director, Mark Fetterly; arts educator, Dr. Susan Gay Wemette; and pianist, Ryan McKenzie.
Bell is a dancer, actor, singer and choreographer who has performed, toured and choreographed at many prestigious theaters and stadiums in America and Canada. Locally, she has choreographed productions at The Wick Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Florida Arts and Dance Company and Palm Beach Atlantic University.
A versatile artist, Kunmann is equally at home singing oratorio, chamber music, art song and musical theatre repertoire ranging from renaissance to contemporary music. As a soloist, she has performed with the Master Chorale of South Florida, Marsh Chapel Choir, Palm Beach Atlantic University Women’s Chorale and the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches.
Fetterly is currently the Theatre Director at Wellington High School. He has been teaching theatre at schools all over Palm Beach County for the last 19 years, including Santaluces High, Boynton Beach High, Palm Beach Lakes High and Bak Middle School of the Arts. With Bachelors and Masters degrees in Theatre from Florida State University, Fetterly has students who have appeared on Broadway and on television and in movies.
The co-founder and co-executive director of Blue Planet Global Education, Wemette is an arts educator with twenty years’ experience in theater and arts education. She holds a BFA in theater, an MFA in acting and a PhD in curriculum and instruction with a focus on arts education.
The virtual classes are ongoing, Monday through Friday, per the teaching artists availability. Any student can participate ranging from elementary to high school. The coaching classes will be done one-on-one via the Zoom platform and are $65 per one hour of coaching.
To learn more about the virtual audition process, please visit www.awdsoa.org or www.msoa.palmbeachschools.org. To register for the coaching classes, please visit www.kravis.org/education-community/classes to complete the registration form.
The Kravis Center is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. The Center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality, by offering comprehensive arts education programs – serving nearly 3 million students since its inception; by providing a Palm Beach County home for local and regional arts organizations to showcase their work; and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County. For general information about the Kravis Center, please visit kravis.org.