March 19, 2014 • 04:35:11 p.m.

Teens become 'Triple Threats' at Raue

By JAMI KUNZER jkunzer@shawmedia.com

The first-session participants of the Musical Theatre Workshop practice "You Can't Stop the Beat" during the dress rehearsal before their musical review. (Photo provided)

Professional performers have become teachers at the Raue Center for the Arts, where a summer workshop has expanded into a yearlong theater program.

The latest offering,” Triple Threat: Auditioning for Musical Theatre Workshop” aims to prepare teens for college programs and auditions.

“If you’re as good of a singer as you are a dancer and actor, you’re a triple threat,” said Amanda Flahive, the program manager and primary instructor, who took over the workshops in 2013.

They’re hosted through Sage Studio, which began in 2007 as a summer theater program.

Flahive, a member of the Raue’s in-house professional theater company Williams Street Repertory, has appeared in numerous shows, such as “The Fantasticks,” “It’s a Wonder Life: The Radio Play,” “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” and “The Rocky Horror Show.”

She’ll star in May as Corie Bratter in William Street Repertory’s “Barefoot in the Park” at the Raue Center.

As Flahive began teaching musical theater, interest in the program has expanded.

“We’ve grown from one class to seven this year,” she said. “It’s been a crazy large expansion, but we’re very excited.”

Along with Flahive, instructors include professionals from all areas of the industry, including lifetime members of the Actor’s Studio and veterans of Broadway and Off-Broadway.

The latest class focuses on “the art of the good audition,” she said.

“In the theater business, that’s the only way you get a job is by nailing that audition,” she said.

Flahive caps each class at 16 students.

At the end of the “Triple Threat” class, those involved take part in a mock audition with professional directors.

“While it’s a mock audition, you never know what connection it could possibly lead to,” she said. “That director might look at you and say, ‘You know what, I have a show coming up that I think you’d be good in.’”

Some of those who participated in last year’s class ended up in the cast of “It’s a Wonderful Life” last year.

“I think Williams Street Repertory has really shown the community that professional theater is alive and well,” Flahive said. Those interested in taking part inthe “Triple Threat” class are asked to submit a videotaped audition or perform a live audition. Applications can be downloaded at rauecenter.org. Tuition is $100 and scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis. The age limit for the program is 15 to 18.


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