Twelve area students got a professional audition intensive experience with two professional actors during the TRYPS Institute at Stephens College’s Camp Hollywood workshop this past weekend.
“For the Love of the Craft: Loving the Artistry • Appreciating the Industry” connected students with David Del Rio, a Broadway actor best known for starring roles in Universal’s “Pitch Perfect” and on Nickelodeon’s “The Troop,” as well as Katie Wallace, a TRYPS alumna who is also working on an upcoming film.
Camp Hollywood is a professional bridge connecting students to the professional world of show business.
One of the 12 students, Phoenix Lawson, 11, attended the camp on the tails of appearing in two MUNY productions. Del Rio and Wallace were so impressed with his work, they are now mentoring him for the 2015 pilot season in L.A.
“Pilot season is really important for actors,” said TRYPS executive artistic director Jill Womack. “It’s when all of the networks and cable stations are casting and filming new shows and projects for the fall line-up. It’s a flurry of opportunity to be cast and hired in projects that will have multiple seasons.”
TRYPS has held Camp Hollywood since 2010. This is the second year it’s been held at Stephens, although this is the first year the camp has been held as part of the TRYPS Institute at Stephens College.
TRYPS became part of Stephens on Aug. 1, after hosting its first production on campus, “Willy Wonka Jr.” in April. The second production, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” was held earlier this month.
"The kids created a top-notch show,” Womack said. “Audience members said over and over that they couldn't believe that such young performers were so professional. There was so much joy and talent on the stage. The students loved performing in the Stephens College Macklanburg Playhouse!”
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