DENVER (CBS4) If the goal is a Broadway stage, if the endgame is a professional acting career, the question is how do you get there from a high school stage? In part, you talk to the people who’ve done it.

"Jersey Boys" (credit: DCPA)

“Jersey Boys” (credit: DCPA)

 

“You guys are in a great position being in a performing arts school and learning all the stuff, the back stage stuff, the acting, everything that goes on,” Frank J. Galasso said to group of students at the Denver School of the Arts.

Galasso has a lot of credits in his career. One of the biggest is playing Frankie Valley in “Jersey Boys” on Broadway. Recently, he held a seminar for students at Denver School of the Arts, answering questions, playing scenes, and giving advice.

Frank J. Galasso talks to Denver Students (credit CBS)

Frank J. Galasso talks to Denver Students (credit CBS)

“You experience a new audience every week. People who haven’t seen the show, so they’re always excited. It’s not like they’ve come back to see the show 5, 6, 7 times. It’s the first time for these people, most of the time, every time,” Galasso told the students.

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(credit CBS)

This kind of one-on-one interaction is vital to young performers as they learn the tips, tricks, and talents that will help them survive the harsh realities of the business.

“These kids already have a leg up, right. They’re in an amazing performing arts school, so they get it. They know what this industry is about. They know what they have to do. But I think it’s always nice, I know I always enjoyed having somebody come in who’s working and doing a show, a Broadway show, and explain the day-to-day, the audition process, read some scenes from that show with somebody who’s in the show. You know, it kind of gives them perspective,” Galasso said to CBS4.

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(credit CBS)

These educational outreach programs from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts are partially funded through the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

LINK: DCPA Education Program

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