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Larchmont Student Inherits Parents' Acting Genes

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Emma Biermann learned the "Dance of the King" Tuesday night in preparation for next week's auditions for the Hommocks Middle School musical, which her mother Rachel performed in as a child.

Rachel, of Larchmont, had a blast watching her sixth-grade daughter learn the dance sequences to "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat," which she also performed in while attending middle school in Manhattan.

"It's a right of passage in middle school," Rachel said of the fable-based musical, which was also the first ever play performed on the Hommocks Auditorium stage.

Rachel went on to make a career of acting in Los Angeles with her husband Rod, but chose to transition into a more stable career as an editor for In Touch Weekly . Rod's credits include the 2001 film "Pearl Harbor" and "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," Emma said proudly, while waiting to take the stage Tuesday night.

At the meeting, the show director Tom Jordan and the staff explained to parents and children in attendance what they would be learning, and what type of commitment it would be over the coming months.

"The kids need to know that there is a commitment involved," said Rachel, who isn't encouraging her children to pursue acting professionally.

Choreographer Deanna Chorman taught Emma and over 40 other students the "Dance of the King", which incorporates dance moves from Elvis Presley and Beyonce, followed by what she called the turkey. Emma, who performed in Murray Avenue School's production of "Peter Pan" last year, enjoys creating her own skits and dance routines with her little sister Bridgette, 8, and friend Zoe Younger.

Younger will be working on the stage crew, while Biermann hopes to land the role of Narrator, which is split into three roles to give more people more time on stage. No one is cut during the two-week audition process. Rehearsals begin in November and the play will premeire in February 2012.

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