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80 OCU Performers NYC-Bound for Spring Break Workshops
Oklahoma City University’s annual performing arts workshop in New York City has been setting attendance records since its inception four years ago, and this year was no exception. Students signed up for the workshop’s 80 spots in a record-setting two minutes. The spring break workshop -- open to OCU dance, music and theater majors -- allows students to study alongside theater professionals and get expert advice on how to live and work in New York. The 2010 edition runs from March 15-18. This year’s workshop will feature master classes for “White Christmas,” “Jersey Boys,” “9 to 5” and “Memphis.” Other topics include voice, casting, equity, commercial auditions, precision dancing and a mock audition workshop that simulates a New York City open call experience. OCU alumni working in show business and arts management serve as instructors for a dozen classes. Classes are designed to give students tips and tools to begin their transition from student to professional. The workshop is offered to students at no charge thanks to the OCU/NYC alumni chapter and a generous grant from university trustee Ann Lacy, who was instrumental in bringing the first workshop to fruition. In addition to classes, the event gives students valuable networking opportunities with industry professionals and alumni, said Lyndy Franklin Smith, OCUNYC Alumni Association president. Kendra Barreda, assistant director of alumni relations at Oklahoma City University, said the New York City chapter, more than 500 members strong, actively supports professional and networking opportunities for alumni and students. “OCUNYC is a vibrant alumni chapter,” Barreda said. “Its members are an outstanding support community for current students and for each other. Oklahoma City University has a strong presence in New York City’s professional theater world and events like the OCUNYC workshop bring about additional growth.”