By Brad Segall
NEW HOPE, Pa. (CBS) — If your teenage son or daughter is one day hoping to make it to Broadway, this weekend could be the first step on that road to stardom.
The Bucks County Playhouse on Sunday will host auditions for this summer’s youth company. It’s pretty competitive — last year 100 kids turned out and only 18 were selected for the program.
It’s five weeks of intense training with outreach programs, and the icing on the cake? Performing in Aladdin for two weeks on the Playhouse stage.
Education director Hester Kamin says they’re not just looking for teens with experience. “We’re looking for students who absolutely love the performing arts, who have a great passion for the performing arts, who maybe would not have the opportunity to receive intensive performing arts training if they didn’t have a scholarship.”
Kamin says some of the stars performing at the Playhouse even get into the act.
“Marilu Henner came in and worked with our students, and she talked about her own performing arts training as a young person and how it led to her first major musical theater role — which was in Grease,” she says.
A program like this, Kamin says, could make an enormous difference in a child’s life.
The program comes at no cost, but you need to register ahead of time. The information is on the Playhouse’s website.