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Ready for Your Close-Up? Get Audition Practice

The Music Theatre Company will have a new focus for talent workshop that starts Sunday.

Highland Park's  (TMTC) is preparing for a workshop that interweaves singing, acting and dance skills specifically geared toward the audition process.    

Though TMTC has offered several workshops since it was founded in 2008, this one is new in its focus.

The August Audition Intensive workshop runs from Aug. 7-11 at the Karger Center in Highland Park. It offers two sessions: one for youngsters in grades 6-8 and the other for those in high school to those who are adults.

“The community had been asking for classes for some time and we’re excited to finally be able to provide this type of training,” said TMTC , a Highland Park native.

Redish will instruct the acting and monologue portion of the workshop. Students will prepare a 90-second contemporary monologue, and Redish will discuss application of the work with them in the audition room.  

The five-day workshop starts out providing students with the opportunity to hone their singing, acting and dance skills with Chicago’s finest professionals, including music director Doug Peck and dance instructor Christopher Perricelli.

Students will even be able to bring in their head shots and resumes and receive coaching from professional photographer Brandon Dahlquist, who will provide insight into what the industry seeks in new talent.

On the fifth day, students put their skills to the test and perform in front of a judging panel, which will offer talent assessments and feedback from such experts as Sam Samuelson of Stewart Talent, Michael Weber of Porchlight Music Theatre and Dawn Gray of Gray Talent Group.

“The response to our work has been very positive and the community has been incredibly supportive and gracious,” Redish said. “We’re so excited for this new initiative.”

Sessions will be held at the Karger Center at 1850 Green Bay Rd. For details or to sign up, log on to TMTC’s website or call 847-579-4950.

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