Singing, dancing, and acting are the three components of a triple threat performer. And the Palace Theatre’s Triple Threat Performer Intensive program is designed to help teens perfect these crafts.
“It’s really fun; the people here are really nice and they’re very talented,” says student Sebastian Martinez.
David Robertson, director of the Triple Threat Intensive says, “I just hope that we touch some kid in here and inspire them to want to perform.”
But those involved in the week-long program say they learn about more than just theatre arts.
“None of these teachers here believe in the word can’t.”
“There are a lot of kids who are insecure about themselves and this teaches you to have a lot more confidence in yourself,” says Martinez.
“Some of the kids were afraid to speak, afraid to do improvisation, because some of the things I do is improv; and some of them were really afraid, and as the days went by they definitely came out of their shell,” Robertson.
On Tuesday the young performers got to speak with Broadway veteran Stephanie Pope.
She says, “It’s inspiring for me because it reminds me of when I was their age, and the world is theirs; anything and everything is possible.”
Pope says the arts can give young adults skills that will last them a lifetime.
“Even if they decide later on that the arts is not the field that they want to pursue, the skills that they’re learning now they can use in whatever it is that they decide to do in their lives,” she says. “To have self-esteem, to be thinking individuals, to be creative because no matter what you do in life there has to be some sort of creativity, being able to think out of the box, the discipline.”
Pope says she hopes the group will keep a few things in mind.
“Definitely follow your dream, but also the importance of education, and just not giving up.”
The program will culminate with a performance for parents on Friday, July 26.