N.Y. scout to dish out stardom advice at local dance studio

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A New York talent scout will lead a workshop this week at a Vicksburg dance studio.

Peter Sklar will present “So You Want to Be a Star…” Thursday night at Debra Franco Preparatory School of Dance.

Sklar, who has 30 years of experience as a talent scout, producer, educator and author, will talk about the ins and outs of the entertainment business. Aspiring singers, actors, dancers and models are invited to the session. Reservations are required.

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“We are really excited to have him here,” said Debra Franco, owner of the studio at 3420 Wisconsin Ave. “He will touch on the truth about being a performer and what types of things agents are looking for.”

Sklar has a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and has worked with celebrities such as Sara Jessica Parker of HBO’s “Sex and the City,” Zachery Ty Bryan of “Home Improvement” and Reese Witherspoon, star of movies such as “Legally Blonde” and “Walk the Line.”

“Everything I have read from him is very motivational for students and young people starting out in the entertainment business,” said Franco. “He gives them a direction in what they are looking for.”

After the lecture, Sklar will hold a short audition for a New York-based musical he is producing called “The Kid Who Played the Palace.” The musical is set in 1982 in New York and is about a former Vaudeville star.

The lecture is free and open to ages 6 and older. Those younger than 18 must bring a parent or legal guardian. Do not bring resumes or head shots.


Contact Manivanh Chanprasith at mchanprasith@vicksburgpost.com.