MSMT offers Broadway dance workshop

Posted Wednesday, February 1, 2012 in Culture

MSMT offers Broadway dance workshop

BRUNSWICK – Maine State Music Theatre will hold a dance workshop Feb. 18 that will provide dance training related to MSMT’s upcoming 2012 season.

Participants will learn part of the original choreography of the musical "A Chorus Line" and a tap combination from "42nd Street." There is a workshop fee of $15 per person. Interested dancers should contact MSMT company manager Kathi Kacinski at (207) 725-8760, Ext. 11.

The Feb. 18 workshop is suited for intermediate to advanced high school and college-aged dancers. During the workshop, participants will be given an insight into the dance demands of MSMT’s upcoming season, which in addition to "A Chorus Line" and "42nd Street" also includes "Legally Blonde" and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Sunset Boulevard." The workshop is part of MSMT’s continuing effort to introduce up-and-coming performers to the world of professional theater and the specific styles of dance inherent to musical theater.

The workshop will be taught by Ray Dumont, a veteran MSMT performer, director and choreographer, and former MSMT managing director. Dumont learned the original choreography of "A Chorus Line" from Mitzi Hamilton, who played the role of Val in the original London company and on Broadway. Choreographer Michael Bennett used Hamilton as his inspiration for Val while creating the show. Dumont also has extensive tap experience and often serves as MSMT’s choreographer during auditions for the summer shows.

“I regularly work with talented young people in Maine who have a sincere interest in musical theater,” said Dumont. “Giving them this opportunity to learn and appreciate original Broadway choreography is exciting and unique and I cannot wait to teach them something that is so close to my own heart.”

Workshop participants will also get advanced training in the dance combinations that MSMT will use during local auditions being held the following weekend, Feb. 25, starting at 10 a.m. at the MSMT administration building on Elm Street in Brunswick.

Questions about the dance workshop and MSMT’s local auditions can be emailed to jobs@msmt.org. Visit the MSMT website at www.msmt.org for information about audition requirements.

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