SpotLight Master Class: Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner with SpotLight Alum John Neumann.

“Kathleen Turner was unbelievable- she made me think intelligently about my work as an actor, and make me laugh just as hard as an onlooker!” John Neumann, 2009 Maple Grove High School graduate and Kathleen Turner Master Class Participant.

On Friday, four former students in our SpotLight Musical Theatre Program and a Minneapolis professional actor received the opportunity to participate in a master class with legendary actress Kathleen Turner. Held at the New Century Theatre, the students were coached through two monologues by the two-time Golden Globe Award-winner.

“I learned so much just from listening to every detail she picked out of each monologue,” said Neumann, who participated in several musicals during his high school career and performed pieces from The 26 Year Old Bar Mitzvah Boy and The Will Rogers Follies at the master class. “Thanks to the Trust and the SpotLight Musical Theatre Program for making it possible!” Emily Picardi from Andover High School, Sharayah Bunce from Maple Grove High School and Logan Green from Park High School also participated in the master class along with soon-to-be Children’s Theatre Company Apprentice Adam Qualls.

SpotLight evaluator and teaching artist Robie Hayek attended the workshop and was thrilled to be in the presence of such a consummate professional.

“It was great to hear and be reminded about the elements that an actor can easily overlook and take for granted,” said Hayek. “Slowing down, train of thought, separating ideas and thoughts to create the character arc.”

Now in its seventh successful year, the SpotLight Musical Theatre Program is our flagship educational initiative that honors, supports and advocates for Minnesota high school musical theatre students and programs.  As a part of the SpotLight program, current and former students are invited to participate in master class and workshop opportunities with touring cast members. If you are a SpotLight alumni, please join us and stay connected to learn about future opportunities. For more information or to sign up, simply visit us online.

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