Workshop leads kids through 'full theater experience'
More students than ever before can get a taste of stardom at a one-day show choir workshop planned next month for students from any school district.
Registration is open for the seventh annual Be A Star Workshop. This year, the program will admit 120 students -- 20 more than it has in the past.
The deadline for registration is Oct. 5 and organizers said it fills up fast.
The program, hosted by the Olentangy High School Key-notes show choir, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at Olentangy High School, 675 Lewis Center Road.
It will take place on a Friday, but students are not scheduled to have school because of a teacher work day.
The program is open to students in grades 2-8, and they don't have to be part of the Olentangy district to sign up.
Students of any skill level are invited -- even those with no singing or dancing experience at all.
Workshop chairwoman and Keynotes mom Jean Duncan said the Be A Star program gives children a chance to see what high school show choir is about.
"It's the full theater experience -- the singing and dancing, and also the preparation that's involved," she said.
Participants also see what it's like to be part of a live show, as the workshop ends with a performance for parents, family members and friends.
Elementary school and middle school students are separated into two groups during the program. Each will learn one song-and-dance routine.
The groups will split into smaller sets of three to four students to work individually with a high school Keynotes member. The older students will walk them through the paces of a choreographed dance and help them learn the words to a kid-friendly song.
Students will eat a pizza lunch with their older peers and get to know them a bit throughout the rehearsal process, Duncan said.
At the end of the day, parents, family members and friends can attend a live performance as the groups show off what they learned.
The high school theater usually fills up for the show, Duncan said.
"They're up on stage, the stage lights are lit, and they get to do their thing," she said. "They get the whole experience."
Audience members also will get a sneak peek at the Keynotes' competition season as the high-schoolers perform one or two song-and-dance numbers to end the day.
Registration is $60 per student.
Registrations can bemade online by visitng olentangy music.org/keynotes.