Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Company students receive honors

Photo Provided Several ballet students with the Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company will participate in summer study programs this year, including from left, Edie Tidd, Owen Tidd, Catherine Hudson, Grace Sears and Daisy Lawrence.

PARKERSBURG — Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Company members Edie Tidd, Owen Tidd, Daisy Lawrence, Catherine Hudson and Grace Sears have all been awarded Summer Study honors and scholarships for 2018.

Edie, Owen, Daisy and Catherine will attend “The Beginnings” Workshop from Aug. 1-6 at Rider University near Princeton, N.J.

Edie and Daisy attended last year’s workshop and were both awarded $1,000.00 scholarships for this summer based on their work from last session. They will participate as assistants this year as well as have daily classes and coaching in musical theater work and a brief performance in an off-Broadway production. They will also be responsible for assisting younger attendees and are responsible for administrative duties as well.

Both Edie and Daisy were also selected out of the hundreds of participants last year, to be two of only eight students selected to attend a prestigious mini-workshop for seven days in July in upstate New York. They will receive semi-private coaching and acting classes, career feedback and guidance and master classes with visiting Broadway veterans including Jeanne Lehmen, who recently starred as Mrs. Potts in the Broadway production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Edie is a home-school student and the daughter of Carrie and Kevin Tidd. Daisy attends Parkersburg High School and is the daughter of Alice and Darren Lawrence.

Owen was selected to attend this summer’s workshop after his audition interview in October 2017 and Catherine was invited to attend after Peter Sklar, the director of the workshop, visited the MOVB Studios this spring and selected her to attend this year.

Owen is a home-school student and the son of Carrie and Kevin Tidd and Catherine attends PHS and is the daughter of Cynthia and Sam Hudson.

Sklar travels around the United States and abroad visiting public and private schools and dance and theater schools conducting audition interviews to select candidates to attend “The Beginnings” workshop each summer. Designed to give young aspiring actors and actresses an advantage on starting their careers, Sklar began the workshops in 1984. Students receive classes each day for seven days in acting, vocal instruction and dance specifically for musical theater careers, all of which culminates in a performance.

Experts in the field of musical comedy and theater arts conduct the daily classes and some of the workshop’s more notable alumni include Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Holly Marie Combs. More information about the “Beginnings” workshop can be found at the website beginningsworkshop.com.

Grace Sears has been awarded a position to attend the West Virginia Governor’s School of the Arts from June 24-July 10 at Marshall University. Designed to foster a better understanding of the arts for high school students, the program began in 1994 and brings together the best of the state’s high school artists in dance, theater, digital arts, creative writing, vocal performance, studio art and instrumental music.

Grace was selected to attend through an audition video of her dance technique and an online interview as well as her academic and character merits. She has been studying with MOVB Academy for over seven years and has appeared in numerous roles with the MOVB Company. She is the daughter of Lilly and Kevin Sears and attends Ravenswood High School.

All five dancers will return home July 14 to begin their Summer Dance Intensive with the MOVBallet Company with guest master teacher Brian Palmer. He will conduct classes in ballet technique, jazz and modem and the dancers will also begin rehearsals for the 2018-19 season. More information on the ballet company can be found at movballet.com and more information on the Academy of Fine Arts, the official school instruction for the MOVBallet Company, can be found at movbafa.com.

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