Arts abroad: Students given ‘unconventional’ opportunity

Making a possible impact on Ireland’s arts culture isn’t something many students can say they’ve done. Patrick Galvin is an exception.

Amanda Lee, entertainment business junior; Patrick Galvin, dance management senior; Kristen Mortimer, entertainment business junior; Carla Yoeslow, dance management senior; Elizabeth Rescinito, entertainment business sophomore, and Jeff Poulin, entertainment business junior, pose for a photo at Stephen's Green, a park in Dublin.

The dance management senior was one of six arts management students selected to attend the 2010 arts management tour to Ireland. The trip lasted one week. Students departed Nov. 3 and arrived back in the United States on Nov. 10.

Ireland is a relatively new nation engaged in creating and defining itself, said John Bedford, dean of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management.

“The country’s arts officials are asking outsiders what they should do in terms of arts culture and entertainment,” he said.

Students met with various arts management professionals while on tour. Officials included those of:

–                    National Concert Hall, which presents more than 2,000 annual performances;

–                    Theatre Forum, an organization which represents professional stage arts in Ireland;

–                    The Ark, Europe’s only organization dedicated to children’s art, and

–                    University College of Dublin

Galvin said he was honored be selected to meet the country’s art leaders.

“We were able to make suggestions about the country’s arts infrastructure in terms of the economy, politics and the country’s cultural identity,” Galvin said.

Bedford invited four entertainment business and two arts management students. They were Elizabeth Rescinito, entertainment business sophomore; Carla Yoselow, dance management senior, and Kristen Mortimer, Amanda Lee and Jeff Poulin, entertainment business juniors.

Bedford said he asked faculty to identify arts management students who show promise for successful professional careers and who are much engaged in their majors in the dance department.

The last arts management tour was in 2005, he said.

The world situation makes arts management tours difficult on a timely basis, Bedford said.

“Student safety is a paramount concern,” he said. “Students are not necessarily prone to hear messages about how dangerous the world is to understand why we have to take precautions.

“Europe is on an alert, but fortunately Ireland has not been one of the countries where some of the terrorism has been focused.”

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Dancers to perform at Mary Kay Convention

Kelly Mayton, dance performance senior

Ariel Prochilo, dance performance junior

Laura Breedlove, dance performance sophomore

The Mary Kay Convention in Dallas will feature the talents of  OCU dancers this summer. In fact, all available dancer positions were filled by OCU dancers.

Students auditioned in Dallas in May for the gig which runs through August 7.

Ariel Prochilo, dance performance junior, said this will be her first professional dance job.

“I’ve been paid for a few theater performances before,” she said. “But  this is the biggest thing I’ve done.”

Prochilo is one of three non-returning dancers who was selected be dancing part-time at the convention. Other selected non-returning part-time dancers also are from OCU. Lauren Johnson, dance performance junior, and Jenifer Bohn, dance performance senior, snagged the castings.

Kelly Mayton, dance performance senior, and Laura Breedlove, dance performance sophomore, were selected for full-time roles. Prochilo said the casting director asked if more full-time dancers could be considered for hire, but was directed to only select two dancers.

Returning dancers from OCU who will be performing include Kelly Bostorff and Michael McCarthy, dance performance seniors, Julie Russell, fine arts graduate, Carla Yoselow, dance management senior, and a few OCU alumni.

“We have such a great support system,” Prochilo said. “It was comforting to walk into the audition knowing we had a lot of friends there.”

Sarah Larr, entertainment director of Larrwell Productions, the company responsible for Mary Kay Convention casting, said she is “amazed” by the performance level of OCU dancers.

“The dancers are already performing at a level that we strive to reach in our performers after a month,” she said. “They not only dance well, they are smiling and singing from the start. They are exactly what we look for. I have never seen such a polished group of performers from one place.”

Auditions for singers will be hosted June 5, 10 and 12 in Room E35 at Mountain View College, 4849 W. Illinois Ave., Dallas. Times are still to be determined. For more information, visit the Larrwell Productions website.