The Pennsylvania Regional Ballet in Enola is introducing a new theater program.

This program is designed specifically to meet the needs of students who are looking to improve their dance technique and artistry. Students are encouraged to build their own schedule choosing from ballet, jazz, musical theater and tap. Quality dance training and performing experience will be offered to dancers ages 9 and up through this new theater program.

The musical theater classes, which are the newest offering in PRB’s class line-up, are intended to prepare students for the “audition to performance” path they’ll need to follow in order to be successful while pursuing musical theater — whether it’s a local school production, community theater or beyond. They are also meant for anyone who simply enjoys the “song and dance” style of performing.

Students will be educated in the various styles of Broadway choreographers — including Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse and Michael Bennett.

Aside from learning the dance aspect of musical theater, the comprehensive class will include short lectures, videos, group singing and basic acting. Students will have the opportunity to perform in PRB’s Summer Concert in June.

Kelly Strange, PRB’s Tap & Jazz Director for the past 20 years, will direct the program.

Her credits include commercial and print modeling, numerous theatrical productions, extensive work on television including several soap operas, commercials, and an early M-TV video. She was also in the film Lucky Numbers that was shot in the mid-state. Kelly is a member of both Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA.)

Kelly has choreographed hundreds of dance numbers for studios in the mid-state; for the dance company at Dickinson College, industrials, and several musical revues, including the recent Hershey Community Theater production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Founded in 1988, the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet is committed to the enrichment and development of young students with an emphasis on classical and contemporary ballet, modern, tap and jazz. For more information about Pennsylvania Regional Ballet and this program, visit its website at www.prballet.org or call 732-2172.

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