TRYPS summer season begins Friday with jazz and blues concert

Monday, June 13, 2011 | 8:00 p.m. CDT; updated 4:34 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 14, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Theater Reaching Young People and Schools will kick off its 12th season with a jazz and blues concert at Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater on Friday.

Six seventh- through 12th-grade students from the TRYPS Children's Theater will be putting on a free performance called "Crooners: From Sinatra to Buble," 7 p.m. Friday. 

"It should be a really fun way for people to enjoy the weather if it stays nice," said Sarah Skaggs, program specialist with Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs.

The show is the final product of an eight-week class called "Cabaret," said Audra Sergel, piano and voice coach for TRYPS. Sergel and a live band will accompany five of the students. A sixth student, a singer-songwriter, will play the piano and sing.

Participants must audition for the class, which exposes them to to different types of music, Sergel said. It is different than other classes at TRYPS because it focuses on just music.

Songs to be performed include "Hallelujah," originally performed by Leonard Cohen; the King Cole Trio song "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You"; and Frank Sinatra's "The Lady Is a Tramp," Sergel said.

Shows later in the season will include Disney's "Camp Rock: The Musical," June 23 to 26, and "Hairspray," July 7 to 10, according to TRYPS' website.

The performance is sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Missouri Arts Council, according to a news release from the City of Columbia.

Auditions for the next semester of "Cabaret" will be held later in the summer, Sergel said. The fall semester's theme will be Motown. For more information on Friday's concert, visit the city's website.

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