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March 28, 2014

Broadway shines on Mount St. Mary's

Tonawanda News — It’s not often that dance and theater students get to learn from a real professional in the field but students at Mount St. Mary Academy in Tonawanda were recently given the opportunity to learn lessons from a Broadway musical actress and dancer. 

Bethany Moore, a member of the TONY Award Winning cast of “PIPPIN” and a University at Buffalo 2007 graduate, shared her wisdom and experience with students in the dance and theater program at Mount St. Mary Academy Monday. Moore came to the school to teach a master class for students in the Fosse-style of dance along with giving tips on stage presence and what it was like to work on Broadway. 

The private, all-girls Catholic school offers theatre works and dance classes. Students are able to study dance as part of their Fine Arts or physical education curriculum.

Moore went to UB with Mount St. Mary’s dance and theater teacher, Kelly Copps. It was Copps, an ‘04 graduate of Mount St. Mary’s, who asked her longtime friend to come to the school.

“We have new classes and it is really the beginning of an expansion of the dance program here,” Copps said, adding that they have a dedicated dance studio now that used to be used for other things. “We felt that if we have the space, we might as well use it.”

Copps said she felt that the students would learn valuable experience from listening to the Broadway performer. 

Moore made her Broadway debut in “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” a 2011 rock musical with music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge which became infamous for its high price tag and multiple mishaps on stage. 

“It was strange to be in an infamous show as my first show,” Moore said. “We weren’t allowed to post anything about what was happening.” 

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