ODYSSEY DANCE THEATRE & UTAH COPA JOIN FORCES FOR YOUTH – COME TO THE OPEN HOUSE!
DRAPER, Utah – July 25, 2018 – COME ONE, COME ALL!
Best of State Odyssey Dance Theatre and Best of State Utah Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA) programs are joining together to bring new and exciting artistic opportunities to the youth of Utah. Come learn and experience these dance and singing / performing programs first hand on August 18th when all parties will be gathered together from 3pm – 5pm at the new COPA / Odyssey studios in Draper for an Open House. The festivities will include free workshops as well as meet and greet opportunities with Odyssey founder Derryl Yeager, COPA owners Conor and Mindy Robbins & Nathan and Suzie Balser, as well as Utah’s very own music icon and inspiration, David Osmond!
Derryl Yeager, local dance legend, founder and artistic director of Odyssey Dance Theatre, has partnered with Utah COPA to re-establish Odyssey 2 (O2). This is a full-scholarship, pre-professional dance training program, which gives young dancers the opportunity to spend a year training intensively and performing with the Odyssey company. Twelve dancers, ages 14 to 21, will receive full scholarships for a full year to train extensively in ballet, jazz, tap, funk, and acting at the new COPA/Odyssey Studios in Draper. O2 members will perform with Odyssey during its Kingsbury Hall seasons, including their hit show Thriller, and will be mentored by Odyssey staff and dancers. O2 dancers will also have their own showcase with Utah COPA at years end.
Also involved in the open house is local singing and performing celebrity David Osmond (the 4th son of Alan Osmond and nephew of Donny Osmond) who is putting his stamp of approval on the Utah COPA program. As a veteran to the theatre (including becoming the understudy to his Uncle Donny in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat followed by taking over the lead role as JOSEPH in regional and national touring companies), David has enrolled his own children at Utah COPA. They will be taking part in the exceptional training and performance opportunities.
Don’t miss out on what all of these incredible artists have to say and share with the rest of us at the August 18th Open House. This will be an incredible opportunity for all!
Utah COPA / Odyssey 2 Open House Details:
August 18th from 3pm – 5pm
Location: New Utah COPA / Odyssey Studios: 352 W 12300 S Suite 400, Draper, Utah 84020
Special Guests Artists include Derryl Yeager, David Osmond, Suzie Balser, Nathan Balser, Mindy Smoot Robbins, and more.
Free workshops will be provided for ages 3-18 including singing, dancing and acting.
Visit www.utahcopa.com for the exact workshop schedule.
Press Contact: Erin Robbins –
DERRYL YEAGER – Founder and Artistic Director of Odyssey Dance Theatre
BFA (Magna Cum Laude), MFA (Summa Cum Laude)- University of Utah, American Conservatory Theatre – San Francisco, ABC Television Actor’s Workshop & Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop – LA, Voice – Seth Riggs, Ballet West Principal Dancer – 6 yrs, 25 years as professional Singer/Dancer/Actor
Film – A More Perfect Union, She’s Having A Baby, Staying Alive, When the Heat Hits the Street, How Rare a Possession, The Lamb of God, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Limit Up.
Television – Touched by An Angel, Crossroads, Boys of Twilight, Fame, Days of Our Lives, Tracy Ullman Show, Coach, Moonlighting, For the Love of My Daughter, The Young and the Restless, The Stand, Hardcastle & McCormick, General Hospital, A Whole Lot Of Fun, Soup to Nuts, The Music of Your Life, Rodney Dangerfield Special, Country Jamboree, Steppin’ Out, Universal Studios Grand Opening Celebration, The Rose Parade.
Broadway Theatre – A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, Cats, Shenandoah, Oklahoma!, Cinderella.
Nightclub – Mary Hart, Carol Lawrence, The Horn, Gardenia, Carlos and Charlies, The Sahara, The Mint, The Golden Nugget, The Desert Inn.
Industrial – LA Gear World Tour with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dominos Pizza, Ford, Dihatsu, Reebok, Kohler, Fila, Levis, Novell Commercials – Broadway, Rogaine
Hairspray, Footloose, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2x), Oklahoma!, CATS (2x), Les Miserables, The Little Mermaid and Mamma Mia – Tuacahn Amphitheatre, Coca-Cola- 2002 Olympics, The Dance, Tahitian Noni Industrial, Usana Convention
Television – The Stand, Young and the Restless, The Bold and The Beautiful, Steppin’ Out, Country Jamboree, Touched by An Angel.
Film – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, The Great American West, When the Heat Hits the Street.
Music Video – Stevie Nicks, Julio Iglesias, Paul Anka, I Don’t Like Peanuts
Ballet – Promenades, Punch & Judy, Enya Variations, Saxon Suite, Flight of Icarus, Fresh Aire, Catfish Row, Windchimes, Jelly Roll Blues, Reebach Revival, Dreamtime USA, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Alice in Wonderland, Carnival of the Animals, Sarah’s Letter, Prayer of the Children, Three Preludes, Motif, Solimbula, Andante.
Contemporary – Heap, Joplin Variations, Vision of Love, Move-Dance-Be Born, Thriller, It’s A Wonderful Life, Joy to the World, Let It Be, Sledgehammer, Deep Forest, Staying Alive, Meandres, Haun’s Mill, Degrees of Separation, Giselle, ReduxNut-Cracker, Carmen, Chicago Nights
Equity Theatre – Grease, The Little Mermaid, Utah! (4x), Pippin, South Pacific, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Damn Yankees, Pirates of Penzance, Annie Get Your Gun, The King and I, The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music.
David has music running through his veins, literally. He’s the 4th son of Alan Osmond, oldest of the performing Osmond Brothers, and began performing as the lead singer with his own brothers when he was only four years old.
They were known as The Osmond Boys and were discovered by the late Bob Hope, appearing on his 1986 Christmas show for their national television debut. By the 1980s, they evolved into The Osmonds 2nd Generation, signed with both Curb Records in the U.S. and Epic/Sony in Europe, had four songs in the Top 40 in the U.K., and played to sold-out stadiums and arenas in the U.S., Europe and Asia., making appearances on MTV, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, CBS This Morning, CNN and Entertainment Tonight, as well as other major shows and networks. Eventually as a group they settled in Branson, Missouri, as featured performers at the Osmond Family Theater.
David became his Uncle Donny’s understudy in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, actually taking over the lead role and continuing as JOSEPH in regional and national touring companies of the musical for many years.
He was forced to put music on hold for several years however, due to a physical battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He has passionately dedicated himself to raising awareness and resources for the MS community through speaking and performing nationwide with a hopeful and positive message of overcoming adversity. David was the 2010 recipient of The National MS Society’s Spirit Of Life Award.
Recent improvements in his health have allowed him to place his focus back on music. David was featured on the FOX hit TV show American Idol in 2009, he reprised the role of JOSEPH at the CLO theater in Pittsburgh, and also had the chance to recently perform alongside artists such as David Archuleta, Take 6, The Jonas Bros, Michelle Branch, and The Eagles.
David has had some incredible highlights in his career as an entertainer, from performing onstage at Wembley Arena to singing at Harpo Studios for Oprah. But all of that has been leading him up to this point in his career, with so much more determination and appreciation. He just completed his debut solo album, REFLECTED, as well as his debut inspirational album, ROAD LESS TRAVELED, which was just released.
Utah COPA (Conservatory of Performing Arts)
is a Best of State performing arts conservatory that develops talent and confidence across voice, dance, and musical theatre for youth ages 3-18.
Utah COPA programs have achieved amazing accomplishments, including multiple performances at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Students have also performed at theatre’s across the nation as well as more local venues including the majestic outdoor Tuacahn Amphitheatre, Hale Centre Theatre (Sandy, Utah), Hale Center Theater Orem, the Covey Center for the Arts, and many more. Additionally, those who have trained with COPA can be found in nationally renowned movies, commercials, music videos, and more!
Children come to COPA programs to learn more about the arts, and leave with the training necessary to work as industry professionals. COPA kids gain confidence and life-long friendships. This is truly a place where young things grow.
Utah COPA currently has 3 locations (American Fork, Draper, and COPA at Tuacahn in Ivins) making it more convenient all the time to enroll your child in this one-of-a-kind, Best of State performing arts program. Children at all different skill levels are welcome to come and choose between a wide array of training combinations.
To learn more about our programs which rival those taught in Los Angeles and New York, please visit our website at www.utahcopa.com. See you in the studio!