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.

Performers share summer plans

Chaz Wolcott

Sidney Kounkel

Roger Ellis

Michelle Luneau

A challenge college artists often face is finding a summer performance job.

While some performers are lucky to score a gig, it’s essential for artists to continue their training during the summer months, said Elizabeth Bork, a Radio City Rockette.

Here’s how some student artists from Oklahoma City University plan to spend their summer:

Kounkel, dance performance sophomore, will intern at Broadway Dance Center in New York City from June through August. Kounkel said she will work at a trucking company completing clerical tasks until the internship begins.

Roger Ellis, theater performance senior, will perform in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “42nd Street” at Lyric Theatre, 1727 Northwest 16th St. Ellis said he will pursue a master’s degree in music theater at San Diego State University in the fall.

Michelle Luneau, graduate dance, will compete as Miss OCU in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant June 8-12 at  Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Chaz Wolcott, dance performance senior, also will perform in “42nd Street” at Lyric Theatre during the summer.

Graduates of Oklahoma City University often continue their performance careers. Here are a few venues where alumni are dancing:

  • Dorney Park………………………………………….Allentown, Pa.
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. Seminar……………… Dallas, Texas
  • Six Flags………………………………………………….Atlanta, Ga.
  • Music Theatre of Wichita…………………………..Wichita, Kan.
  • Frontier City………………………………….Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Lyric Theatre Productions…………………Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival…………..Williamstown, Mass.
  • Timberlake Playhouse………………………………Mt. Carroll, Ill.
  • Mac-Hayden Theater………………………………..Chatham, N.Y.
  • Busch Gardens…………………………………….Williamsburg, Va.
  • Paramount Kings Island……………………………..Mason, Ohio
  • Tulsa Ballet……………………………………………….Tulsa, Okla.
  • Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz……………….Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • River North Chicago Dance Company……………….Chicago, Ill.
  • Houston Metropolitan Dance Company………..Houston, Texas
  • Music Theatre West……………………………..Long Beach, Calif.
  • Harris Golman Productions……………………..San Diego, Calif.
  • Follies Bergere……………………………………….Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Walt Disney World…………………………………….Orlando, Fla.
  • Disneyland Resort…………………………………..Anaheim, Calif.
  • Tokyo Disney Resort…………………………………..Tokyo, Japan