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Next Stop Broadway Musical Theater Program For Youth To Begin At DPAC In Summer 2019

Next Stop Broadway Musical Theater Program For Youth To Begin At DPAC In Summer 2019

DPAC is proud to announce Next Stop BROADWAY, a new week-long musical theater program consisting of classes, workshops, and rehearsals focused on classic Broadway shows. A staff of esteemed Broadway professionals, headed by Broadway veteran Tony Parise, will teach participants songs and choreography from two hit shows from the "Golden Age of Broadway" and cast members will create their own presentations based on shows in the upcoming DPAC season and other hit musicals.

In addition to dance and vocal training, Next Stop BROADWAY will include a mid-week "edu-tainment" segment, highlighted with film clips of Broadway shows. The week will culminate with an "Opening Night" performance for family and friends on Friday afternoon. Students will have the opportunity to perform on DPAC's main stage in the same theater that has hosted acclaimed Broadway shows, such as Hamilton, Wicked, Disney's The Lion King, and more.

The musical theater program will be directed by Broadway actor, director, and choreographer, Tony Parise. Mr. Parise has a vast repertoire of performance credits from hit Broadway shows, including 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, and City of Angels. In addition, Mr. Parise has led similar musical theater education programs in Boston, Providence, and Philadelphia.

"I am thrilled that DPAC is joining the Next Stop BROADWAY family," says program director, Tony Parise. "I can't wait to see another cast of theatre-loving kids grow through this amazing program."

Next Stop BROADWAY will take place from July 29 to August 2, 2019. Paid registrations are on sale now and are limited to 80 cast members, ages 10-17, and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Twenty additional scholarship spaces are also available on a non-competitive basis for children with financial need. Scholarship applications can be found at and must be submitted by March 31, 2019. No theater experience is needed.

*Register prior to March 11, 2019 to save 20%*

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"DPAC is beyond excited to begin this new program," says Megan Rindoks, Community Engagement Manager. "We love that it is designed to welcome anyone with an interest in theater, not only those who already have previous experience on stage. We can't wait to see young faces shine on DPAC's stage this summer."

Tony Parise began his professional theatrical career as a performer at the age of 10 in a production of OLIVER! with Sid Caesar. He appeared in the first National tour of A CHORUS LINE and was on Broadway in 42ND STREET, ME AND MY GIRL, and CITY OF ANGELS.

On the other side of the footlights, Mr. Parise has directed and/or choreographed HELLO, DOLLY starring Madeline Kahn, WHERE'S CHARLEY? starring Jo Sullivan and Emily Loesser, MAME, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, THE MUSIC MAN, CRAZY FOR YOU, DAMES AT SEA, ON THE 20TH CENTURY, FUNNY GIRL, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, OLIVER, CINDERELLA, SOUTH PACIFIC, and National companies of ANYTHING GOES, GREASE!, 42ND STREET and ME AND MY GIRL.

Off-Broadway credits include choreography for PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Lucille Lortel Nomination), co-choreography for PAGEANT, movement for RAFT OF THE MEDUSA, and co-direction and staging for BALANCING ACT, by "Mr. Nunsense", Dan Goggin. Other New York credits include MACY'S 100th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION in Herald Square, MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, WEIL AND LENYA for Kurt Weil's centennial, and the staging of "Raining in My Heart" for Bernadette Peters' Carnegie Hall debut as well as Ms. Peters' Radio City Music Hall concert.

Internationally, Mr. Parise has mounted companies of 42ND STREET in London, Australia, New Zealand, and Korea, ME AND MY GIRL in Mexico City, ANYTHING GOES at the Theater Des Westens in Berlin, and has choreographed for Italian TV in Milan.

Since 1996, Mr. Parise has directed the Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard University.

Teaching credits include master classes throughout the United States and abroad with such organizations as AMDA, Boston Ballet, New Zealand School of Dance, and the Philadelphia College of Performing arts. Mr. Parise created TAP! and TAP 2! for Fleet Boston's Family Music Series.

Mr. Parise created, co-authored, and directed SOPHIE...the Red Hot Mama Revusical. He is also the writer and director for the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition and the St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards.

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