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.

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Chenoweth to co-host ‘Live with Regis and Kelly”

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By Amanda Alfanos

Kristin Chenoweth, OCU alumna, will co-host “Live with Regis and Kelly” Thursday, June 24. To see the full story, click here.

This won’t be the first time the 4’11” star will be seen on television. She has appeared on “The West Wing,” a televised adoption of “Annie,” “Sesame Street,” her own series: “Kristin” for NBC,” “Pushing Daises,” and has appeared on “Ugly Betty” and the most recent hit, “Glee.”

I had the honor of meeting Chenoweth in April 2009 at a book signing of her book,”A LITTLE BIT WICKED” at Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 NW Expressway. Not only was she as cute as she appears on the big screen or on stage, but she was humble.

Countless videos on YouTube and other sites feature footage of Chenoweth thanking her voice professor, Florence Birdwell, for helping her achieve her dream. The Emmy Award-winning actress does not forget where she came from, something particularly admirable in an industry where fame and fortune often go to the head.