May 24, 2018
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Performance workshops to be held at Maine high schools

HERMON, Maine — The Young Americans, a performance group, are returning to Maine, this time with a young man from Hermon on the Northeast Tour.

Travis Maynard of Hermon has been with the Young Americans for 2½ years, said Morita Tapley, who runs Morita’s School of Dance and coordinates three-day workshops with the group scheduled for Hermon, Orono, Howland and Ellsworth.

Each workshop will include voice, choral singing, dance, acting, improvisation, musical theater, performance techniques, audition and sound techniques. Founded in 1962, the Young Americans is a nonprofit organization that comes to Maine every three years.

“Travis Maynard graduated from Hermon High School,” Tapley said. “Grace Livingston, from Veazie, has been a Young American for six years and is on tour in Japan. There also have been other local youth who have auditioned and traveled with the Young Americans.”

The International Musical Outreach Workshop for students in grades three through 12 will be held Sept. 15-17 at Hermon High School, Sept. 18-20 at Orono High School, Sept. 22-24 at Penobscot Valley High School in Howland, and Sept. 26-28 at Ellsworth High School.

The cost of each three-day workshop is $47, plus $10 for the performance T-shirt.

No experience is necessary, “just a willingness to learn, have fun and make new friends,” Tapley said. “This is like bringing Broadway to Eastern Maine.”

The first half of the show at the end of each workshop is performed by the touring Young Americans. The students who have taken the workshop join in for the second half of the performance.

For information or registration, call Morita Tapley at 848-5083.

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