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Calling all divas and class clowns

By Mark Mannisto How many times have you heard a parent say their child is a “little” on the dramatic side? Children have the astonishing ability to act out in so many different ways and they don’t care who knows it.
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Performing to LMFAO's (pictured) hit “Party Rock Anthem” is an opportunity some Sudbury youngsters just can't pass up. Do you have a child who's “a little” on the dramatic side? Photo supplied.

By Mark Mannisto

How many times have you heard a parent say their child is a “little” on the dramatic side?

Children have the astonishing ability to act out in so many different ways and they don’t care who knows it.

Why, when we become adults, do we shrink away into a protective shell that prevents us from being the office clown rather than the class clown? What prevents us from being the raging diva we once were when we were in grade school?

Possibly because our dramatic flair was never nurtured when it was ripe for the picking. Ever wonder what would have happened if Julie Andrews’ parents would have told her to “hush up”?

Would the hills still be alive with the Sound of Music? Or if Carrie Underwood’s parents never idolized her singing abilities, who would be the next American Idol?

This March Break, Theatre Cambrian is melding the best of the worlds of rock, pop, dance, hip hop and Broadway vocals and choreography during March Break Dramafest.

This year’s Dramafest promises to be like no other.

The show will feature solo and group dance routines along with vocal numbers that span the gamut of musical genres. Imagine dancing on stage to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” or taking lead vocals behind a chorus of peers singing Pat Benetar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.”

This year, Dramafest is going to infuse a theatrical touch to the world of pop music. There is an opportunity to become the next Lady Gaga, to be the next one moving it like Jagger, to be the next Gleek.

Theatre Cambrian prides itself on fostering the artistic growth of Greater Sudbury's talented youth. It's all about the process and opening the world of performance to children who love to ... well, um … perform.

It's not American Idol, X-Factor or The Voice — we're not looking for the next big star. It's about collaboration, creativity and discipline.

Theatre Cambrian’s March Break Dramafest is the perfect way to allow your budding divas and class clowns to get their feet wet in the performing arts. Cost is only $185 for the week.

Running from March 11 to March 15, it's full days of activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, with a final performance set for March 15 at 2 p.m.

To download a registration form, please visit theatrecambrian.ca or register by phone at 705-524-7317 ext. 0.

Mark Mannisto is the executive director of Theatre Cambrian.



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