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‘Broadway’ workshop coming to Charlotte

Past local participants in the Broadway Dreams Foundation class have included Charlotte’s Sam Faulkner, who played Billy Elliot this winter at age 16, at N.C. Theatre in Raleigh, in the region's first professional version. have included Charlotte’s Sam Faulkner, who played Billy Elliot this winter at age 16, at N.C. Theatre in Raleigh, in the region's first professional version.
Past local participants in the Broadway Dreams Foundation class have included Charlotte’s Sam Faulkner, who played Billy Elliot this winter at age 16, at N.C. Theatre in Raleigh, in the region's first professional version. have included Charlotte’s Sam Faulkner, who played Billy Elliot this winter at age 16, at N.C. Theatre in Raleigh, in the region's first professional version. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte performers who dream of making it big on Broadway will get the chance to brush up on their skills at a weekend class coming to Charlotte Aug. 29-30.

It’s called the Broadway Dreams Foundation, which will hold the session at Central Piedmont Community College. Created in 2006, it helps guide performers of all ages in attaining their professional goals. (Most participants are young.)

The foundation is making its sixth stop in Charlotte. The program is conducting a “Triple Threat Extreme” weekend that includes two full days of classes highlighting the major disciplines of musical theater: acting, voice, and dance. The workshops bring a small group of faculty together to help students refine their skills and further prepare them for a professional performing arts career.

Past local participants have included Charlotte’s Sam Faulkner, who played Billy Elliot this year, at age 16, in the region’s first professional version of the musical, at Raleigh’s N.C. Theatre.

Before he began rehearsals for the role of Billy, he said BDF faculty member Tyler Hanes helped him train and prepare for the show. Sam’s mother, Elizabeth, serves as a board member and vice chair.

Current faculty member and actor Nick Adams will attend the weekend in Charlotte. Adams has had roles on “Sex and the City 2” and “Dancing with the Stars,” among others.

“Whether I’m teaching a dance or musical theater class, I encourage the students to be fearless and 100 percent present. I think the one thing they will definitely take away from the Triple Threat program is the kind of work ethic that is required to make it on Broadway.”

And another late faculty addition to the class: The Emmy-nominated star of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Tituss Burgess, is joining in Charlotte in lieu of Craig D'Amico.

Co-founder and executive director Annette Tanner said she would like to relocate Atlanta’s weeklong intensive to Charlotte. “I consider Charlotte to be one of the top three cities in the nation for talent. It should be the hub for the South.”

Broadway Dreams Foundation

When: Aug. 29, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Aug. 30, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: CPCC, 1141 Elizabeth Ave.

Cost: $130 for both days, $95 for one

To register: mybroadwaydreams.com

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