The Players Theatre would like to invite the press to join The Sarasota Silver Stars (SSS) for their annual kickoff party for the 2012-2013 season on August 14, 2012 from 4:00pm-6:00pm in the lobby of the theatre.
As the SSS begins their second season they will be led by Berry Ayers, as the Director/Musical Director, and Michelle Teyke, as the choreographer. Cinda Goeken and Tim Minar will assist as Stage Manager, Coaches and Facilitators.
This vibrant group of 50+ performers will not only represent The Players in community outreach programs and events, but will also hold a play reading festival November 16-17, 2012 and a fully staged production on March 16-17, 2013.
The SSS is open to all 50+ aged performers looking to gain camaraderie, support, and express themselves theatrically. The season begins September 6, 2012 and continues through the final performance on March 17, 2013. For only $10 a week, participants will learn songs, dance numbers, and scenes during weekly rehearsals held on Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Additionally, optional classes will be offered before and after rehearsals to help performers further their training in performance, acting, and movement.
Berry Ayers has theatre credits including performances Off-Broadway and a National Tour of the musical A Chorus Line. He also performed in the original Naked Boys Singing in Los Angeles and at the Actors Playhouse Off-Broadway. Other professional credits include Titanic, Annie, Forever Plaid and Plaid Tidings, Footloose, Urinetown, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, Anything Goes, Lend Me A Tenor and Avenue Q.
Michelle Teyke is a professional actress, singer, dancer, director and choreographer. She became a professional ballet dancer in Germany, being coached at The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. She then moved on to musical theatre, becoming a leading soloist at one of Berlin’s finest musical theatres. After returning to the US she became the head of the Dance Department at Northern Kentucky University, and a faculty member at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.