Broadway actors advise P-M students

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— A group of young aspiring actors at Perry-Mansfield gathered in the Louis Horst Studio recently to absorb the advice given by Broadway actors Andrea Burns and Peter Flynn.

The two actors, who are married to each other, took a week-long break from a national tour of "Parade" to visit Steamboat.

Burns and Flynn spent much of their time giving technical classes and speaking with the students about the business aspects of becoming a performer.

"It's an extraordinary opportunity for us to share what we know because it's important to keep an interest and passion in the future generations," Burns said.

"We're here because it's important to nurture young talent," she said. "We're really jazzed about the enthusiasm of the students and their willingness to keep getting better and better."

Burns said they advised the students to personalize their approach because the people who stand out in the business are the ones who perform from within themselves. They also stressed tenacity when it comes to getting an agent and making it big on Broadway.

"You guys have so much potential," Burns told the students. "Something you guys should know is that it's important who you know when you begin performing, which is now. Your talent is the thing that will keep you there, but never assume that the impression you make is going to be forgotten."

Last week was the first time that Burns and Flynn worked at a performing camp, They enjoyed the experience so much that they plan to return to Perry-Mansfield in the future, Flynn said.

Burns began performing at age 6 and Flynn began when he was 9. Even though both have a long history of performing on Broadway, they emphasized the importance of continuous practice to maintain and improve their skills.

Flynn said he takes voice and acting lessons on a regular basis when he's not on tour.

"I look at it less as a class and more of a gym keeping my voice muscles in shape," Flynn told the students.

Burns said the Rocky Mountains provided a welcome change of scenery for them, and she and Flynn especially enjoyed the openness of Perry-Mansfield.

"For a couple of city folk who are used to a studio apartment, being out here has been great," Burns said.

To reach Larissa Keever call 871-4208

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