Philip Masterton to hold jazz workshop

Philip Masterton to hold jazz workshop


BELVIDERE—Jacqueline’s Dance Education Center is pleased to announce that accomplished jazz dancer Philip Masterton will host a jazz workshop for intermediate and advanced dancers. The workshop will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 at 124 N. State St. in Belvidere.

Philip Masterton is a 20-year veteran of professional theatre in the Chicagoland area and halfway around the world. He has participated in more than 25 productions spread among the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Drury Lane Martinique and the Mill Run Playhouse.

In the mid-’80s, Masterton toured as “Mike” in A Chorus Line. In 1988, he started a year tour in Cats, playing several different roles. More recently, he opened in Hal Prince’s Show Boat at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, where it ran for a year before touring. After touring the states and Canada with Show Boat, Masterton was hand-picked by Hal Prince and Susan Strohman to open Show Boat in London at the Prince William Theatre. He made his West End debut as Frank Schultz in that production of Show Boat.

Other productions he has appeared in include: Brigadoon, Singin’ in the Rain, Guys & Dolls, The Little Mermaid, The Nutcracker, West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Beauty and the Beast, Sweet Charity, South Pacific, Cole, Mr. Roberts, Grease, Carousel and Hello, Dolly!

He has trained under Lou Conte and the Ruth Page Foundation in jazz, tap and ballet; voice training with Peggy Skarry, Frank Winkler and David Wooley. He has had training in stage combat/fencing with Kevin Sittes. His special talents include all sports, gymnastics, soccer, golf, water skiing, racquet sports and equestrian. Stage skills include hand-to-hand combat, stunts, prat falls and fencing.

Cost of the workshop is $15 per student. Learn original Michael Bennet choreography from Masterton. For more information or to sign up, call (815) 544-6166.

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