P-M performers gear up for Faculty Showcase

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— Since Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp was started at the beginning of the 20th century, it has had the reputation of pulling in some of the most talented professionals to be summer instructors.

This year is no different.

"I think the quality of the faculty has gone up out here," theater department head Burgess Clark said. "I've had a lot of (longtime) faculty say it's like the old days around here."

The old days being the time when Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield were running the camp and coaxing in professionals in musical theater, dance and straight theater to come to Steamboat Springs.

On Saturday, residents in the Yampa Valley have an opportunity to see the faculty perform in the Faculty Showcase.

The showcase is an annual event at Perry-Mansfield that lets the faculty in all three departments musical theater, dance and straight theater show what they can do. Besides being an entertaining time for the actors to perform, the showcase has two purposes. The first is to show the students what their instructors can do.

"Everyone should see this faculty performing to understand what they can aspire to," dance department head Linda Kent said.

The other purpose of the show is to let residents in and around Steamboat Springs see the wealth of talent that is teaching at the camp this year.

The show is divided up into three parts one part for each discipline. Each faculty member will have an opportunity to perform one small act or song.

Performances include a duet on the song "Our Children" from the musical "Ragtime."

The duet is performed by Ron Trenouth, who was in the Broadway production of "Ragtime," and Diane DiCroce, who is taking a summer break from the Broadway production of "Les Miserables."

Randy Glass, who also is on loan from "Les Miserables," will follow that with the song "My Fortune is My Face."

Among the performances from the dance department include a combination of dance and low trapeze by dancer Julie Ludwick. Also, Kristopher Storey choreographed a dance routine that he will perform with dancer Jessica Lang.

Resident composer Ken Pierson will do an improv piece on piano, which dancers Elizabeth Keen and Caroline Brackett will complement with an improv dance routine.

In straight theater, longtime Perry-Mansfield instructor and Steamboat local Rusty DeLucia and Philadelphia actor Steven Wright, an accomplished actor who has appeared in leading roles of "The Christmas Carol," "Pippin" and "High Society," just to name a few, will perform a scene from "Harold and Maude."

The performances are at 7:30 p.m. at the Julie Harris Theatre. For reservations, call 879-7125.

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