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Kelowna hosts performing arts auditions

The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) is looking for Canada’s next stars and will be holding auditions in Kelowna March 6.

The new wave of talent will join grads on some of the world’s most renowned stages such as Broadway, the Stratford, Shaw and Charlottetown festivals as well as productions on Vancouver and Toronto’s most illustrious stages and all of Canada’s regional theatres.

“It is essential for aspiring Canadian talent to have a western option for pre-professional training as singers, dancers and actors,” says CCPA college director Ron Schuster. “We also provide extensive scholarships to help Canada’s top talent afford to attend our intensive program.

CCPA grads have a proven track record for garnering professional employment in the performing arts industry. The extensive training that CCPA students receive prepares them to become innovative cultural leaders and performers. “At CCPA, they learn the importance of the arts to our culture and economy,” says Schuster.

CCPA will accept young men and women who have a desire to launch successful performing arts careers.  This year’s tour also includes stops in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Kelowna. Video auditions are accepted until May 1.

The tour includes the 2011 New Horizons Scholarship contest. This award is given for most promising overall audition performance.

CCPA will be holding scheduled auditions at the Canadian School of Ballet, 2303 Leckie Rd. starting at 1 p.m. March 6.

For more information about the college and the audition process, go to www.ccpacanada.com or call 250-595-9970.

The college is owned and operated by the Canadian Heritage Arts Society (CHAS), a registered charity that oversees the college’s operations. CHAS ensures that training at CCPA is financially accessible to all Canadian students, offering each student a scholarship that helps to offset the cost of their year of study.

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