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New West studio introduces kids to the stage

Is there an aspiring Broadway performer in your home? A new performing arts studio in New Westminster is giving local children a chance to take part in one of two year-long performance programs that will culminate in a theatre production in May 2014.

Is there an aspiring Broadway performer in your home?

A new performing arts studio in New Westminster is giving local children a chance to take part in one of two year-long performance programs that will culminate in a theatre production in May 2014.

Eight- to 10-year-olds are invited to join the junior musical theatre program and try their hand at singing, dancing and acting their way through Disney's The Jungle Book.

Students take part in a year-long class honing their performing skills, with weekly rehearsals for a full-scale production. The program combines performing arts education and direction with all the trappings of a theatre production - costumes, props, sets, light, sound.

There's no audition, and no experience is required. Fourteen spots are available, and it runs Wednesdays starting Sept. 18.

For the seven- to nine-year-old crowd, there's a junior acting program that will introduce participants to Jack and the Beanstalk.

The students will get an education in acting, with weekly rehearsals also working towards a spring production. Once again, the students will enjoy full production values with costumes, sets, lights, props and performances all on a real stage.

Twelve spots will be available, and it runs Tuesdays starting Sept. 17.

Registration is now open for both programs.

The Stage New Westminster also offers numerous early childhood music programs for babies, toddlers and children up to seven years.

The Stage New Westminster is at 230-50 Lorne St., operating out of Dance With Me Studio.

For more information, see www.thestagenewwest.ca or email info@thestagenewwest.ca.