Wyoming Seminary to host theater scholarship competition

For Abington Journal | February 16th, 2016 4:34 pm

KINGSTON — High school students interested in joining a production of the musical “Chicago” during this summer’s Performing Arts Institute (PAI) at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School are invited to register for the 10th annual PAI Musical Theater Scholarship Competition.

The competition will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 in the Kirby Center for Creative Arts and will feature six finalists competing in performance for three PAI musical theater scholarships – full tuition, $1,000 and $500 – to attend the 2016 PAI Musical Theater Program. This year PAI will present the award-winning Broadway musical “Chicago.” Students in grades 8-12 will work for six weeks in June and July to prepare for the performances on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5-6.

Interested students should visit www.wyomingseminary.org/pai to review the requirements, complete the online registration form and follow instructions to submit an audition (DVD or YouTube) video. Contestants should prepare a one-to two-minute excerpt from a Broadway musical song and a one-minute monologue from an American copyrighted play or musical theater production. Registration will close at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 7 with DVD auditions requiring a postmark no later than March 4.

Artistic director for PAI’s performance of “Chicago” will be Steve Pacek, co-founder and associate artistic director of the 11th Hour Theatre Company of Philadelphia, who has been nominated for five Barrymore Awards. Joining him in the production are choreographer Jenn Rose and music director and composer Daniel Kazemi.

The Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary, now in its 18th year, is a three-to-six-week international festival for high school students of instrumental and vocal music, theater and dance.

For more information, call the PAI office at 570-270-2186.

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Information provided by Wyoming Seminary.