Master class with a pro

Noah Racey

Broadway performer Noah Racey is coming straight from the theatre world of New York to the community of Orcas to share his knowledge with island performers.

Orcas Center is presenting a “Summer Intensive and Master Class in Song Interpretation and Performance” led by Racey and Orcas singer, educator and director Grace McCune on piano.

“This workshop is being offered to people who want the opportunity to dive deeper into their craft as a singer and as a performer,” McCune said.

The three-day session runs July 27, 28 and 29 from 2 to 8 p.m. on the main stage. The master class is for those 18 and older. Tuition is $100; register at grace@gracemccune.com.

All singers are asked to come prepared with a song or two to work on. They will also be given the option to perform them with the rest of the group on the last night of the intensive.

“We will be looking at each performer’s interpretation, their musicality and the ways they are personalizing their song so it resonates deeply for them and fuels a performance that is uniquely their own and also shows them in their best light,” Racey said.

Racey is an award-winning performer, writer, director, choreographer and educator based out of New York. His father Frances has lived on the island for decades and Orcas audiences know him for his appearances in Martin Lund’s One World Music concerts.

His first major performance was the Roosevelt High School production of “Oklahoma.” Racey realized how much performing enhanced his life.

“The first time I got good grades when I was also doing theatre,” he said.

In 1990 he was accepted into the Boston Conservatory, a private performing arts college. After moving to New York, it took him eight years to make it to Broadway. He appeared in “Curtains,” “Follies,” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Racey is particularly proud of his starring role in the Broadway production “Never Gonna Dance,” which is based on the 1936 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film “Swing Time.”  He is currently working on the Broadway-bound musical “Holiday Inn” in Connecticut.

“I am inspired by watching kids do theatre and by my friends in the business,” he said. “I work with some of the best performers in the world.”