July 13, 2005- Georgetown teen plans to follow her dream

REGAN MCLANE, 15, entertains at the El Dorado County Senior Center in Placerville. The talented teen loves to sing and perform on stage. See story "Georgetown teen ..." Democrat photo by Joanne McCubrey
By MICHELLE FLOOD, Staff writer

She's young and beautiful and talented and that's not all. Regan McLane, 15, has also been chosen by New York talent agent Peter Sklar to attend two acting workshops that he hosts for talented teens with promise. The teen lives in Georgetown with her parents Dave and Bonnie McLane.

Sklar chose McLane to attend two of his workshops. The first workshop was a mini-Beginnings Workshop held in New York in March. The second one will be the full week long Beginnings Workshop, to be held this summer in upstate New York.

"I chose Regan because she has potential and need," said Sklar. "She has a strong desire to succeed, she's talented and she sings very well. We always like to find kids who have a voice and are interested in musical theater.

"I'm especially interested now, because I'm producing a musical," said Sklar. "It's called, 'The Kid Who Played the Palace.' It's in workshop right now for a probable Broadway run - and possible hit. Were planning on getting it out in front of people and want a Broadway opening as soon as possible."

Sklar is a leading expert on young performers. He lives in New York and holds a master's degree in education from Harvard University, with a concentration in counseling and child/adolescent development. He has over 30 years of experience as a talent scout, educator, lecturer and producer.

"I am so excited about the workshop. This could be such a great experience and a huge opportunity for my career," McLane said before attending her first workshop.

McLane said when she was a little girl she always loved to sing. "When I was in sixth grade my mom gave me voice lessons, so I would talk louder, because I was really shy," she said.

"When I was about 13, my mom was sitting in the car, waiting for me while I was taking a voice lesson. She heard singing and thought it was my voice teacher or the record player. When they brought her in she couldn't believe it was me singing," McLane said. "Ever since then my mom's been very supportive of my singing and so has my dad."

McLane also takes guitar lessons at Music Trading Post in Placerville, giving her portfolio yet another musical skill.

"I am blessed and honored to have Regan for a student," said her guitar teacher, Stratos Rodetis at the Music Trading Post. "She is very talented and I am happy that I am able to be a part of her development as a musician."

The talented teenager said, "I have been singing since I was 3 and performing since I was 5. I have gone to Christian schools all my life and currently I'm on the worship team for my church.

"I was a foster child at 1-day old and was adopted when I was 2 years old. This has had a huge impact on my life because I wasn't born healthy. I don't mind letting people know about my background because I think I set a good example for other kids that come from hard backgrounds. They might think that things are impossible and maybe if they hear my story they will know that anything is possible if you follow your dreams. If you believe in yourself then anything else is possible."