Lauren Philips seems like a typical middle school student. In reality, she is not. She has big dreams and is actively taking gigantic steps towards her goal. What does it take to be a Broadway performer?
This summer Lauren is attending her fourth intensive production week of Broadway Dreams at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha. From 9:30 am - 6 pm each day for one week is filled with classes in singing, dancing, and acting. Already a competitive dancer for Nebraska Dance, she realizes that every year she attends, she improves with her talents by learning more strategies and techniques in her aspiration to become an actress in making her dreams come true.
On Saturday night at 7:30 pm., Lauren will demonstrate with poise and maturity beyond her years, her talent along with the other 100 participants, some actual Broadway performers, talented intern students, and musicians as “Circle of Dreams” comes to life. With selections from Moulting Rouge and Xanadu, along with possible selections from Shrek, Pippin and possibly some roller skating, each person will develop the skills to become one with the music, the stage, their peers, and the audience.
As I was observing one of their classes early this week, participants from age 9 to 25 were learning the lesson of becoming one living entity on the stage. Watching as they learned how to breathe and move as a single unit with a common goal was fascinating. Seeing Lauren as both an individual and a part of the whole activity was a delight as I observed many people making the shift from the "me" to the "we".
"We're all working together as one, learning and trusting each other. We move together, share together, linking ourselves into unity. We need attention and focus so that individually, no one zones out. Only when this happens will the group create the single positive energy towards a common goal in performance."
Lauren has greatly valued this experience of the past years in allowing her to become part of the Lewis Central Middle School choir and show choir.
Saturday night will be the final group performance entitled "Circle of Dreams" as the entire ensemble, teachers included, will both audition for visiting producers of touring companies and demonstrate their talents to their families, friends, and the community at 7:30 pm. at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha.
For only $ 19 a seat, this production is a phenomenal deal to see the stars of tomorrow.
For tickets, contact Omaha Performing Arts at (402) 345-0606 or (866) 434-8587 or www.ticketomaha.com.
You will be amazed at how much talent there is in this area. In the past, it has been difficult to differentiate between the professionals and the participants. Maybe there should be a show "Metro Omaha Area Has Talent".