DENVER (CBS4) – Students attending the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Summer Session got a chance to talk with cast members from the Broadway musical “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” The show is touring in Denver through July 31. and several of the cast members took time out of their schedule to talk to the next generation of thespians.

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“It’s a medium of art that you have to be present for, you have to physically be in the building. And there are so many television shows and internet things and all that stuff that’s just out there, and you can just find it. But theater, you bring people in front of you and you share stories and you share an experience in the same room. And to share that experience and inspire that sort of magical art form in the next generation is so important,” said Becky Sulsvig, an actress with the national tour of “Beautiful.”

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The “Beautiful” conversation was part of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Summer Session, an educational opportunity that allows students to create their own original musical or work with a comic-look at Shakespeare. DCPA Education offers a range of opportunities throughout the year, to see theater, discuss shows, and get hands-on training in stagecraft.

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“I think that arts are important for holistic learning, in the sense that students need the arts to be able to learn how to be effective communicators, to learn about empathy, to learn about human behavior, about human lives, about different cultures. And also to really help them develop themselves … their own selves … human beings in the world,” said Allison Watrous, Director of Denver Center Education.

LINK: DCPA Education

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This session was “Beautiful.”  In the next few weeks it could be the cast of “Phantom of the Opera” sharing insights, or next year it could be Disney Creative discussing “Frozen” and how to put together a new show for Broadway.