Tinseltown lures Crestview senior

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM.

“She has a little local recognition now that she’s been homecoming queen,” Crestview High School drama and English teacher Annette Gebhardt said. “She’s a great, nice girl. She went to state with us last year in the small-group musical competition category.”

In California, Michelle will do more than perform before an audience of casting directors, talent managers and theatrical agents. There are professional development and educational components to iPOP.

“I’ll be singing and acting,” she said. “I’ll go to seminars with other kids and we practice a lot. Then we get to perform.”

The program gives participants a taste of the entertainment world, including auditioning before professionals responsible for casting films, commercials and television shows, and for populating fashion show runways, according to the iPOP! website.

“Every performer auditions for qualified professionals who are currently working in the industry,” the iPOP website states. “Some will walk away with cash awards and scholarships and some will find success after the event in the acting, modeling and singing arenas.

“All of them, however, will get a chance to experience the realities of the entertainment and fashion industries from the inside. They will get valuable experience in performing in front of large groups of people, practice their auditioning skills, and develop networking skills.”

Though Tinseltown visions dance in her head, Michelle concentrates on the latest high school production. When “It’s a Wonderful Life” opens Friday evening, Michelle will experience theatre from a different perspective than she’s used to.

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