Entertainment > Drama > 2012 YOUNG ARTIST PROJECT FEATURING LALEH KHORSANDI BY STEVE CISNEROS
Phantom Projects Theatre Group completes their 16th Season
LA MIRADA, CA – After 172 applications and 60 interviews, 8
young performers have been selected for The 2012 Young Artist Project at La
Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. The 6th annual event brings
together seasoned young artists between the ages of 16 and 23 to merge their
unique talents – whether writing, directing, acting, singing, dancing, etc. –
in a collaborative effort, developing one-acts, musical numbers, film, and
other performance pieces.
The twist? The group has just 14 days from first rehearsal
to performance day, to completely create, rehearse, and build the production.
The intense process annually includes a Midnight to 8AM rehearsal; this year
spanning from late Friday evening July 27 until Sunrise on Saturday July 28th.
The participants are Andy Chan (23, Arcadia), Revel Day (18,
Hacienda Heights), BJ Grip (22, Los Angeles), Phillip Jarrell (16, Cypress),
Laleh Khorsandi (20, Fullerton), Kelsey Olson (19, Irvine), J.J. Ryder (23, Los
Angeles), and Erin Wu (20, Los Angeles).
The Young Artist Project is the brainchild of Steve
Cisneros, Phantom Projects’ Founder and Producing Artistic Director, who
launched the program in 2007 as part of his company’s 10th Anniversary.
“Audiences lucky enough to have seen our annual Young Artist Project in
the past will be the first to agree, this isn’t a ‘talent show.’ This is a
full-blown production that just happens to feature young performers and brand
new works. They aren’t beginners; at their young age, they are already seasoned
pros at their craft,” said Cisneros. “It should be as exciting for the
audience as it will be for these future stars to push their talents.”
Khorsandi (20, Fullerton) Laleh Khorsandi is currently studying Musical Theatre
at the University of California Irvine. The winner of Access Broadway’s
Audition Award, she was chosen by NYU’s Louis Scheeder (Tisch School for the
Arts) for a 5 week Shakespeare Intensive in Los Angeles, and by UCLA’s Karen
Morrow to be a soloist in showcase for UCLA’s faculty and invited guests in
both 2008 and 2009. Laleh is currently studying voice with Eric Fütterer and is
a scholarship dancer at the Jimmie DeFore Dance Center.
The event takes place on August 4th, at 7pm. Tickets are
$25. Discounts available for students and groups. For more information call
714-690-2900 or visit www.PhantomProjects.com or