Broadway Talents Meet Missouri Western

By Ronelle Williams |

Published 07/14 2014 05:42PM

Updated 07/15 2014 10:06AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Broadway performer Randy A. Davis held a master class for performing arts enthusiasts in order to pay it forward.

"It's giving what I've learned over a very long career back to the students and upcoming performers," said Davis.

A vital lesson that he teaches in the class is the discipline that it takes to be a performer.

"You always have to keep re-negotiating yourself, re-inventing yourself, re-evaluating how you are in this business," said Davis.

Those in attendance learned how to better present themselves on stage.

"It'll be you as a performer.  How you need to tap into other parts of yourself and step outside of yourself, not play it safe," said Davis.

Performers practiced routines from "Cats" and "Guys and Dolls" which taught them how to quickly switch between personalities.

"It's a fine line that I want actors, dancers, and singers to understand that that's part of your business, it's part of your job.  That's also part of taking you out of your comfort zone," said Davis.

A Missouri Western student has been working with Randy for the Mother Divine musical but still wanted to take advantage of the class.

"This is gonna be something different.  Because he could be showing us something from ballet to modern to fosse.  It can be whatever he wants it to be basically.  So it's exciting because it's a benefit of getting another side of his training," said MWSU student Thomas Delgado.

There's always room for improvement and Thomas was ready for more than just dancing.

"It's also going to show us how to be our own personality on stage and I think that's the most important thing when it comes to performance," said Delgado.

Randy hopes to be back in the fall to teach another master class and expand on it for the community.

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