Photo Flash: CHAPLIN's Rob McClure Visits Cast of HT High School's AVENUE Q
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by BWW News Desk
Students involved in High Tech High School's Musical Theatre Department recently had the great honor and pleasure of welcoming Rob McClure (recent star of Broadway's CHAPLIN and AVENUE Q) as he conducted a puppetry master class Monday, February 11th at the high school. BroadwayWorld has photos from his visit below!
Throughout the day, McClure inspired students with his charismatic charm, sheer talent, and quick, witty humor. What started as a group of students sitting in a circle listening to a brief history of the world of puppetry, ended with a huddle of puppets and students working together in a collaborative fashion and diving courageously into new expressions, voices, and friendly interactions.
With McClure's help, students learned about the specifics of puppetry that help give a fabricated doll life: breath, focus, spine alignment, traveling, neutrality, arm positioning, and so much more. By working on these things from the beginning of the day, students quickly began bringing life to their puppets and connecting to others in ways they'd never thought possible.
Since its break out 14 years ago, High Tech High School's Musical Theatre Department has earned wide acclaim for its commitment to the arts and its extensive musical theatre-training curriculum including Papermill Rising Star Awards and performing at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. With an array of scenes that all offer some creative, meaningful punch lines, and catchy songs that are sure to be stuck in your head for weeks to come, "Avenue Q" will take audiences on an adventure that might remind them of their early post-college years or prepare them for the inevitable obstacles that life has to offer.
Performances take place Thursday, March 21st at 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 22nd at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 22nd at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 23rd at 3:00 p.m. at High Tech High School's Black Box Theatre, 2000- 85th Street, North Bergen. Tickets for all shows will be available for purchase at the school and online for the month of February at www.SHOWTIX4U.com. Contact: 201-662-6800 xt. 8241.