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Broadway Star to Host Master Class and Performance at Clarke, October 12

posted on September 16, 2010

The Clarke University Arts at Clarke Series will host a master class and evening performance by Broadway star Celia Keenan-Bolger when “Broadway Comes to Clarke” on Tuesday, October 12.

One of Broadway’s “it” girls, Keenan-Bolger will lead an afternoon master class with high school and Clarke students from 3-5 p.m. focused on auditioning for musical theatre. The event is free for high school students and reservations can be made by calling (563)588-6550 or e-mailing drama@clarke.edu. Attendees are invited to stay for a free dinner following the workshop and will receive a complimentary ticket to Keenan-Bolger’s evening performance.

That evening, Keenan-Bolger will perform an evening of Broadway’s greatest hits as part of the Arts at Clarke Series at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased beginning Monday, Sept. 20, by calling (563)584-8642.

Keenan-Bolger was born in Detroit, Michigan and discovered her love of music and performing at a young age. Her first role was in Annie Get Your Gun at a community theatre when she was five-years-old.  She spent much of her youth performing at regional and community theatres around Michigan and then attended the Detroit High School for Performing Arts. She was accepted to the University of Michigan and studied musical theatre there for four years.

After graduating from the University of Michigan she was cast on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which earned her a Tony Award Nomination, Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble and Theatre World Award. She also played Eponine in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables where she was nominated for another Drama Desk Award.

Off Broadway, Celia has appeared in both plays and musicals including Bachelorette (2econd Stage), Juno (City Center Encores), Little Fish (2econd Stage), Summer of ’42 (Variety Arts), and Kindertransport (MTC). Her favorite regional credits include Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration), Emily in Our Town (Seattle’s Intiman Theatre), Clara in The Light In The Piazza (Chicago’s Goodman Theatre) and Molly in Peter And The Starcatcher (La Jolla Playhouse in California) which will be coming to New York Theatre Workshop this winter.

Her concerts credits include The American Songbook Series Evening with Adam Guettel, The American Songbook Series Evening with Michael Friedman, An Evening with Audra McDonald at the Michigan Theatre, The Broadway Musicals of 1930 and Broadway Originals both at Town Hall, The University of Michigan 25th Anniversary at Hill Auditorium and Martha in The Secret Garden World AIDS day concert.  She can be heard on recordings of Spelling Bee, Bright Lights Big City, Summer of ‘42 and Broadway Musicals of 1930. Television appearances include Law & Order, Heartland, and The Education of Max Bickford.

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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