Performers plan visit |

Performers plan visit

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The Young Americans, a performance company of 250 talented singers, dancers, musicians, actors and technicians, will have 45 of their members performing in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday. They will do presentations free of charge at two local schools.

The Young Americans will return to South Lake Tahoe on March 13-15 for a three-day music outreach workshop that will culminate in a performance on the third evening. The workshop will be held at the South Tahoe Middle School multi-purpose room and is open to students in fourth-grade through high school.

The program reaches out to students who have a desire to expand their horizons in the various aspects of music and performance whether they’ve had previous training or not. The Young American’s main purposes are to encourage music in schools, train young people in performance and strengthen character. The students will take classes in vocal techniques, musical theater, stage movement, and sound and recording techniques in addition to rehearsals for a performance on the last night.

Registration for the workshop is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio, 2107 James Ave. The workshop runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 13; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 14; and 4 p.m. until the 7:30 p.m. performance March 15.

All workshop participants perform in the second half of the show on Tuesday. The workshop cost is $47.

The Young Americans will be housed with local families when they are here for the workshop. For registration information call Lisa Kern at (530) 541-3401 or the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio at (530) 541-7211.

“The community is very lucky to have this event. We found out at the beginning of February that the Young Americans had an opening in their schedule. With the help of Jackie Nelson, principal of South Tahoe Middle School; Michael Curran and Sheryl Hamadan at the Lake Tahoe Unified School District office; Marcia Sarosik; and the support of Bob Grant, Liz Niven, Sue Davis and countless teachers and parents, we’ve been able to provide our children this great opportunity,” said Lisa Kern, who has been organizing the event.

Kern knows firsthand how the Young Americans program helps young adults pursue their performance careers and attend college at the same time. Her daughter Ashley, who grew up studying dance at the South Shore, auditioned last spring and was accepted as a member of this extraordinary group.

Ashley will be part of the performance and will also be involved in the workshop, sharing her enthusiasm and talent with South Shore students.

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