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Henry Mancini Arts Academy Summer Workshops Start in July

Classes in acting, dance, musical theatre, photography and music – including the popular School of Rock – will be offered in July through the Henry Mancini Arts Academy Summer Workshops at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

Krista Shovlin, Mancini Academy director, said summer is an excellent time for students to improve their skills. “This is the time of the year that they can develop personal style,” she said. “There’s no school to distract them. The only thing they have to focus on is their skills.”

Enrollment ends June 11. Information on age and skill requirements, course fees and other details are available at or 724.643.9004, extension 1311.

The newest summer workshop is photography, taught by Stephan Elko and Rosemary Macuga. The first week, July 11-15, focuses on film photography and the second week, July 18-22, focuses on digital photography. Students who take both weeks will receive a discounted price. Students will learn how to develop black and white film, use digital editing software, and work with lighting in a studio. At the end of the workshop they will present their work in an exhibit.

The two-week School of Rock, which will run July 11-22, teaches students how to collaborate and work in a rock band. The workshop will be taught by David and Joey Granati of the Granati Brothers Band. They have performed or recorded with Van Halen and Bruce Springsteen. Students can focus on guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion or vocals.

The three-week Dance Intensive workshop, taught by Shovlin, Ken Nickel and Maria Torrence, will focus on ballet, pointe, modern dance and jazz. The workshop will run July 11-27 and students must audition. There will be a men’s class for boys, a pointe class for girls and a partners’ class. The workshop will end with a Feté de la Dance public performance.

The musical theatre class is divided into three different age groups and is taught by Shaun Rolly, Angela Pieri-Katkin, Krista Shovlin and Jason Swauger, assistant director of Mancini Academy. The kids workshop will be July 11-15, the preteen workshop will be July 18-29 and the teen workshop will be July 11-30. The teen workshop includes a master class with Lenora Nemetz, a Pittsburgh actress who has performed on Broadway in “Cabaret,” “Chicago” and “Working.”

The teen workshop will conclude with a public performance of Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.” This will be the first time the Mancini Academy has done a show with sets and costumes at the end of the summer workshop, Shovlin said.

“We can promise a lot of fun and a lot of great memories,” Swauger said. “Kids go all summer without creative outlets. Here, they can let their creativity go.” 

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