‘Getting the Part’ led by award-winning Broadway actress

Half Moon Theatre School of the Arts announces a new opportunity for teens in grades 7 through 12 — a theatre workshop just for them taught by award-winning Broadway actress Denise Summerford.

Getting the Part will be offered on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. from March 3 through 24. Whether it’s an audition for the school play, a community theater production or the professional stage, students will be well prepared to face any audition challenge and build confidence to do their best.

In addition to performing on Broadway in such shows as the Rosie O’Donnell/Boy George musical Taboo, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Saturday Night Fever and Grease, Summerford has also worked as a casting director.

“Our audition class is very different from any in the Hudson Valley because, in addition to still auditioning myself, I have sat on the other side of the table as a casting director,” Summerford said. “I know what people who are trying to cast a show want and expect to see from an auditionee. I know what works and what does not. I have the inside scoop. I can help the young actor take the fear out of auditioning and help turn it into something they actually look forward to doing.”

Students may register for Getting the Part as well as HMT School of the Arts’ other spring offerings online at halfmoontheatre.org. The workshop registration fee is $150. All levels of experience are welcome to attend HMT School of the Arts is housed at the Half Moon Theatre Black Box Theatre, 2515 South Road in Poughkeepsie (off Route 9 just behind the Red Robin Restaurant).

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