Want to be a star? Gallo Center chosen for a program that could help you get there

Annette Tanner
Annette Tanner Submitted by Gallo Center for the ArtsSubmitted by Gallo Center for the Arts

The Gallo Center for the Arts wants to make Broadway dreams come true for the region’s aspiring performing artists — and it’s been selected as one of only nine North American locales for an intensive training program to help.

Broadway Dreams is an international nonprofit organization that helps guide performers of all socioeconomic backgrounds through a “performance training intensive” that connects them with entertainment industry professionals.

Modesto’s Gallo Center joins venues in New York, Los Angeles, Aspen, Atlanta, Calgary, Charlotte, Toronto and Philadelphia to host Broadway Dreams in 2018.

“We’re honored to be working with Broadway Dreams,” Gallo Center CEO Lynn Dickerson said in a press release. “It is a wonderful opportunity for young people in our region.”

The training program will be capped at 60 participants and will draw applicants from throughout Northern California. Auditions for the weeklong intensive program are set for Sunday, May 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gallo Center. There will be two 90-minute workshops and a panel discussion after the auditions; a $75 fee is required.

Broadway Dreams faculty participating at the Modesto auditions are “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer Spencer Liff, casting director Rachel Hoffman (”Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Memphis”) and organization founder Annette Tanner.

The 60 selected from the auditions will go on to the intensive training week where they will receive a skills assessment, tools to help elevate performance levels, and more. The week culminates in a performance for industry and community leaders.

For more or to register, see broadwaydreams.org. Gallo Center coordinator for the program is Cortney Betschart, cbetschart@galloarts.org.