“Broadway at The Paramount!”
UVA Grads Who Have Starred on Broadway Return to Charlottesville
to Perform With Local Youth Actors
WHO: DMR Adventures
WHAT: “Broadway at the Paramount”
WHEN: Saturday, August 13 at 7:00PM
WHERE: The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, VA
$15.00 Youth (12 and under), $20.00 Adult, $50.00 VIP
Box Office: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, Monday-Friday 10AM-2PM
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — August 10, 2016 — UVA alumni who have starred in some of the most popular shows in Broadway history return to Charlottesville this Saturday, August 13th, as part of DMR Adventures’ Broadway at The Paramount! This event caps a week of professional instruction by visiting Broadway Guest Artists with 65 local youth performers. DMR youth performers have gone on to earn credits in national stage tours, television and commercials.
This Broadway-themed musical revue features Brad Bass (Jersey Boys, Memphis, Wicked), Meredith Akins (Wicked, Mamma Mia, Footloose, Legally Blonde) and Matthew Steffens (Dr. Zhivago, West Side Story, Promises, Promises, Contact, Smash, The Last 5 Years film). They will belt out your favorite songs with area students on the historic stage of the renovated Paramount Theater. Atkins and Steffens both graduated from the University of Virginia, as did Melissa Charles, who serves as DMR Artistic Director and portrays “Lydia Ketchum” on AMC’s TURN.
“I am so happy to be back in Charlottesville because this is the place where a teacher told me that it was ok to take a risk, yet trust that my love and respect for the arts was enough to at least try for something ‘bigger’ than myself,” said UVA alumna Meredith Akins. “I never set out to be a performer before that conversation, yet an educator took the time to listen to what I could not even hear myself. After over a 20-year career in theatre, I want to give back and cultivate a space where students have the confidence to work as an ensemble and be inspired by each other. A place that they can find their artistic and emotional strengths. I truly believe that arts education allows young students to make new bold connections with the environment and people around them!”
Bass has been working with Charles since her move to Charlottesville four years ago.
“I’ve been working with Melissa Charles at DMR since the beginning,” said Bass. “She has created an environment where children and young adults of all ages can truly thrive. The program exists to help students excel. Musical theatre is a privileged art form, and without it, I’m not sure I would have survived my youth. I didn’t have a program like this to push me towards my own personal greatness. So I’m incredibly thankful for the work Melissa does and I’m proud of the dedication by all who help make DMR so special.”
“I’m beyond excited to return to Charlottesville to work with DMR adventures this week, and perform at Broadway at the Paramount on Thursday,” said Steffens. “This town was very different when i went to UVA, and it is nice to see that even though it’s grown a lot it still has the same charm. UVA played a major part in my early development as an artist and I wouldn’t have had the successes i’ve had without my years there. t’ve spen the past 12 years working in the Broadway community and i can’t wait to share that knowledge with the DMR students. We’re already 2 days in and it’s going to be an AMAZING SHOW! SO MUCH TALENT!”
“I cannot think of a more fitting way for our young DMR performers to learn their craft than from people that have been there and done it on Broadway,” said Charles.” “As an UVA alumna, it is gratifying for my fellow Wahoos to return to Charlottesville to perform at the historic Paramount Theater.”
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at The Paramount Theater’s Box Office, by phone at 434-979-1333, or online at www.theparamount.net.
ABOUT DMR ADVENTURES
DMR Adventures (Dreams Made Real) develops artists through education and performance opportunities in acting, dance, and voice. Classes and programs are led by both local and visiting guest artists who are experts in their respective fields. DMR Adventures provides professional performing arts training that serves to drive passion, discipline and commitment in the students with whom they work.