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Junior places among elite performers in singing contest

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March 4, 2011—Tanner Smale ’12, majoring in musical theatre with a dance minor, placed second in the Musical Theatre Competition of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing held Feb. 19 at Northeastern Illinois University. With piano accompaniment, he sang these musical theatre selections: “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “She’s Got A Way.” Smale competed among 130 Chicago area college juniors and seniors. Smale studies voice with Paul Grizzell, lecturer in music, and played the role of Phantom in North Central’s 2010 fall production “The Phantom of the Opera.”

North Central College offers majors in theatre, musical theatre, music, music education and jazz studies, including minors in theatre or dance. A full range of acting and dance classes is available, as well as opportunities to direct a full-length production. Students of all majors can participate in musical and nonmusical performances, actor showcases and one-act plays and performances in the College’s four theatre venues. Full-time professors and active professionals who are artist-teachers serve as faculty.