Originally Published: January 14, 2010 9:57 p.m.
Lovers of great musical numbers who want a taste of Broadway here in Prescott will have that chance when the curtain goes up on Young Star Musical Theatre's "Broadway Today" Jan. 22 and 23 in the Yavapai College Performance Hall.
Young performers will present more than 25 current or past Broadway show tunes from such hits as "Lion King," "Mary Poppins," "West Side Story," "Hair," "Gypsy," "Phantom of the Opera," "Rent," "Oliver," "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and many others.
Many Young Star youths are seasoned performers and have been with the group for several years. Since Shmaine Posey began the group in 2001, the theater company has given hundreds of young people the chance to experience the thrill of acting, singing and dancing in full-scale musicals. Some aspire now toward stage lights as a career.
"I want to be on Broadway," said Lincoln Elementary School fifth-grader Liz Aranda, who is making her ninth Young Star appearance in "Broadway Today."
"I like being in Young Star because we get to learn dances and songs like you'd really see on Broadway," she said. "It's a lot of hard work, but it's fun."
Giving audiences - and her performers - a professional-level theater experience has always been Young Star's goal, Posey said.
"We try to give people the caliber of show they would see in any larger metropolitan area," Posey said. "We have kids in Young Star who could compete side-by-side with kids from any big-city theater company. It makes for rehearsals that are extremely challenging and fast-paced, but the end result is a really great show - and great training for the kids."
Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Tickets are available in advance for $12 at the YC Performance Hall box office or by calling 499-7741. Tickets at the door cost $15.
For more information about Young Star, visit www.ysmt.org.