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Sydney musical theater students head to Broadway

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At the Mary Winspear Centre, the next generation of musical theater performers are honing their skills.

“I learned a lot and this group made me feel more comfortable,” says performer Lily Burns.

The group is called Mountain Dream Productions and has been providing musical theater training to young people in the capital region for 30 years.

“We teach musical theater skills, singing, acting, dancing, directing, lighting, stage management, all of those things,” says executive director Rob Forbes.

“What we really teach are soft skills, self-confidence, self-discipline, leadership, teamwork, self-motivation.”

During March Break, seven of those students will travel to New York City for a crash course in all things musical theater at the Broadway Student Summit, an international gathering of theater students organized by the Broadway Teaching Group.

“We basically go to New York, take Broadway workshops and private lessons to learn more about the art of musical theater and we go to Broadway shows,” Burns explains.

For participating students, the experience will be a golden opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

“I’m really excited to be able to see Broadway shows and go and meet new people and just be in a place with other people who have the same interests as me,” says performer Charlie Walls.

“It means a lot, I think I could really learn a lot more and I think it would be really fun, especially with all my friends,” Burns adds.

The Broadway Student Summit runs from March 19-20. To learn more about Mountain Dream Productions, visit their website.