By Rachel (Hoover) Rycerz and Marc Valdez
Tylar Traum came of age onstage at Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC) before heading to New York City to study Theater and New Media at Marymount Manhattan College. This year during school breaks, she brought her skills back to her home town of Davis. Over winter break, she taught an Audition Workshop for 7-17 year olds at DMTC. In July, she taught singing, dancing and acting for the same age group at DMTC Summer Camp. Her latest project has been directing DMTC’s 2019 Teen Cabaret.
The first Teen Cabaret was held in in 2006. It was created to showcase the talents of teen performers in DMTC’s Young Performer’s Theatre (YPT), as well as to help fund DMTC’s two theater youth scholarships. DMTC first established a scholarship in 1995, initially for the amount of $100. A second scholarship was added in 2003. Currently, two $500 scholarships are given annually. Tylar herself received one of the awards in 2017 for her dedication to YPT, including performing in the cabaret.
This year, seven teens will be performing songs from “DMTC…Past & Future.” The singers include Nora Baggarly, Katarina Detrick, Ella Del Favero, Katelyn Reeves, Stella Silver, Annie Whiteford and Lindsay Whiteford. You can see them onstage at DMTC, 607 Pena Drive this Saturday, August 10th at 7:00 pm and Sunday August 11th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 (plus a $2 facilities fee), and proceeds go to the Teen Scholarships.
Rachel (Hoover) Rycerz grew up on stage in Davis, performing in 30 shows before heading to Berkeley to major in English. She returned to the stage in Davis this past November as Miss Hannigan in "Annie." This July, she played Hannah Pitt in Angels in America at Roseville Theater Arts Academy.
Marc Valdez is a community theater volunteer, and has served on the Board of Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC) since 2002, and keeps a blog, Marc Valdez Weblog, at http://marcvaldez.blogspot.com