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Learn musical theatre from 'the King'

Wednesday, November 09, 2011   by: Social DecoderNEWS RELEASE


Learn musical theatre from the King

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Sault Symphony Orchestra, in cooperation with Li'l Buds Theatre in Chicago ,is presenting a rare opportunity for theatre performers in the Sault.

Starting Monday, November 14, Jay Españo, who will be in town rehearsing for his lead role in the upcoming Symphony production of The King and I, will be conducting musical theatre workshops, including master classes, for all ages of performers.

Three classes will be offered over the next three weeks. 

'Creative Dramatics' is a highly interactive, fun-filled six session class that focuses on the actor's basic tools - body, voice and imagination.

This class will be held in two groups: Ages 9 - 13 will take place Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 - 5:15 p.m. starting Monday, November 14 and ages 14 - 19 will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 - 5:15 p.m. starting Tuesday, November 15. 

'Movement for Actors' is an advanced acting class for those aged 18 and older.

This masterclass is for those actors interested in improving their craft with the use of Laban movement in a scene or monologue.

These classes will be held on Saturdays from 12:30 - 2 p.m. starting on Saturday, November 19. 

Jay Españo is an actor, singer, director, writer, host, and teacher.

The list goes on for this cosmopolitan artist who has professionally performed in more than 60 plays in the Asian region.

A Musical Theater graduate of Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore, he also dabbled in film and TV - guesting on most of the Malaysian and Singaporean English shows as well as hosting Batibot (Sesame Street franchise in the Philippines).

The last four years, he started collaborating and directing shows for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf; with Philharmonic Orchestra Singapore for Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale; with Singapore Dance Theater’s The Colours of Ballet; and writer/ director of the original children’s musicals The Lion And The Mouse; Pearl In The Jungle, and for Acts of Life.

In 2008, Jay represented Singapore and won two silver medals for acting and singing at the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Hollywood, USA.

Currently, he is studying Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GLCMA) at Columbia College, a dedicated teacher for Li’l Buds Theater and a freelance yoga instructor.

He has performed in the role of the King several times across the United States, and now he brings his talent to Sault Ste. Marie to perform and teach in our community.

Li'l Buds Theatre Company is one of Chicago’s best emerging children’s theater companies and voted as New Business of The Year at the 2011 Best of Edgewater Awards.

They dedicate their work to enriching the lives of people of all backgrounds through theater and performing arts.

Every year they produce two main stage shows for families including the extremely popular original holiday musical series in the winter and a play in the spring.

All productions show Li’l Buds tradition of using youth actors as well as professional adult actors.

Li’l Buds also holds classes, workshops, camps and residencies at many schools and theaters around Chicago. 

All classes will be held at Studio Dance Arts at 612 Queen Street East.

Space is limited to these classes.

To register, contact The Sault Symphony Orchestra at or 705-945-5337 or visit online at

Jay Españo, along with a talented local cast of 60 and Director, Timothy Murphy can be seen in The King and I, December 7 - 11 at the Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre.

Tickets are available at the Station Mall Box Office or by phone at 705-945-7299. 

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