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Saskatchewan Express to hold auditions in February

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Imagine this: You're standing backstage listening to the buzz of the audience. The house lights dim. The audience quiets. You hear the beginning chords of the first song. The stage lights come on and you step on-stage to a roaring crowd. What would you rather be doing this summer?

For close to 35 years, Saskatchewan Express has been putting this province's talented young performers front and centre. Whether it's in the rehearsal room or on a stage somewhere in Saskatchewan or beyond, a summer with us is all about training and performance excellence. And, you could be a part of the magic with the 2014 Summer Tour.

Thanks to Saskatchewan Express, many performers have gained the skills and confidence to pursue careers in the performing arts. They have cruised through the Panama Canal, to the Hawaiian Islands and the Greek Islands; they have sung and danced at Tokyo Disney and Florida's Disney World. They have toured North America, played Broadway, Los Angeles, Toronto and Germany in theatrical productions. They have made movies and recordings and have been featured in television series. And they come from every small town and large centre in Saskatchewan and all received the same fabulous training and performance opportunities. Last summer, and closest to "home", Globe Theatre's production of The Buddy Holly Story! in Regina featured former performers Danny Balkwill, and Leora Godden. Devra Straker of Saltcoats starred in A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline also at the Globe Theatre. The Stratford Festival production of Jesus Christ, Superstar premiered on Broadway and featured former Saskatchewan Express dancer, Matt Alfano along several other Regina performers. International fame has found former Saskatchewan Express dancer, JT Papandreos as he won gold in Poland at the IDO World Dance Championship. This winter, Jason Huska from Prince Albert is appearing in the North American tour of The Wizard of Oz while Danny Balkwill of Regina is appearing in the North American tour of We Will Rock You.

Performers in Saskatchewan Express have the opportunity to enhance their performing skills, travel the province meeting new people and seeing new places. Through the years, the troupe has travelled from coast to coast in Canada, from Vancouver to Cape Breton and it has represented the city of Regina, the province of Saskatchewan and Canada at national and international events.

Saskatchewan Express offers the opportunity to young performers wherever they live in Saskatchewan to spend a summer touring the province. Auditions for the 2014 Summer Tour will be held in Regina on February 8 and 9. Vocalists and dancers, female and male, are encouraged to audition and can book an audition time by phoning Saskatchewan Express at 306-522-3402 or e-mail mich...@saskatchewanexpress.com.


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