Arizona Broadway Theatre creates youth troupe

Elite teams become high caliber performers

Arizona Broadway Theatre has formed HyRev, a new program for Valley youths ages 13 to 19 who are strong, committed singers and dancers seeking to throw themselves into creating artistic work together. The new program will be headed up by Valley performing arts duo and ABT alums Mark and Lynzee Foreman.

HyRev features two elite performance troupes: Sonic Revolution and HypertoneZ. Recently, close to 100 Valley youths auditioned for the spots as part of the inaugural year of HyRev. Seventy-eight auditioners were called back, and 61 youth performers will comprise the two performance troupes in 2018-19.

Rehearsing in ABT’s newly expanded Encore Room, members of the two troupes will perform at ABT’s After Dark Cabarets (held on select Fridays during Mainstage productions) and winter and spring concerts, and will be eligible to audition for a fully produced Mainstage takeover of ABT’s “Guys and Dolls” in 2019. Future plans include entertaining and competing throughout the area as well as out of state.

“The launch of this new program has been something we’ve hoped to bring to the West Valley for some time,” said Brad York, ABT’s director of marketing. “Rehearsal and performance space for the troupes had always been the restrictive element over the years; however, now, with the newly renovated 6,000-square-foot Encore Room space, we have more than enough room to let these talented young performers take over and shine. We’re very much looking forward to seeing this program grow in the years to come.”

Membership spots for the 2018-19 HyperToneZ and SonicRevolution troupes have been filled. Information on future auditions will be posted on Facebook (@ArizonaBroadway) and online at http://azbroadway.org/about-us/employment-auditions-internships.

For more information about this and other programs at ABT, contact ABT’s box office at 623-776-8400, Ext. 0. For information on rental of The Encore at ABT (formerly known as the Encore Room), call 623-776-8400 x121 or email phil@azbroadway.org.

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