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About Kim C.

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Sarasota, FL
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On camera, Kim has been a spokeswoman for clients including AT&T, IBM and DuPont, as well as being a featured on-camera principal commercial performer for OsCal, Nutrasweet, USF&G Insurance and many fine Fortune 500 companies. In film and television she was featured with Richard Harris (The Ravagers), Burt Reynolds (Stroker Ace) and James MacArthur (Superboy) and played Lurleen in Life's a Drag (When You're a Man in a Dress), Claire in Drowning, Susan in the short film, The Couch, and Kim in the soon-to-be-released short Bird-Dog. She recently founded an Advanced Acting for the Camera Master Class, team actor

About Kim
Kim C. enjoys a busy career as a working professional actress/writer/director voice over artist in theatre, broadcast, industrial, educational, film, radio and TV commercials, e-learning and web site development. She received an Emmy nomination in 2010 for her voice over characterizations and production in 'Echoes from the Holocaust." In addition to her own career, Kim mentors voice over artists, coaches actors and teaches Master Classes privately for Pivot Planet and Betterfly.

Her podcast project Kim C's Florida Footpaths is a critically acclaimed media-rich trails and tales adventure of Natural Florida which was created through an Individual Artist Grant by the State of Florida Arts and Culture Division of Cultural Affairs.

An accomplished voice over actress, Kim's voice over skills are internationally recognized and acclaime
d: Kennedy Space Center, The Limited, Inc., Publix and Media One are some of her many projects. "You can't do better than the legendary voice-actress Kim C. - she can do anything," says Rick Raddatz, founder of Instant Audio, Audio Generator, TEDxCU, Xiosoft, BizPad, Pilots and astronauts know her as the original 'Bitching Betty,' the first voice to be digitized for voice recognition and vocal prompts. She is a very successful Voice-Over Coach and Voice Over Artist Mentor and has many private students.

On camera, Kim has been a spokeswoman for clients including AT&T, IBM and DuPont, as well as being a featured on-camera principal commercial performer for OsCal, Nutrasweet, USF&G Insurance and many fine Fortune 500 companies. In film and television she was featured with Richard Harris (The Ravagers), Burt Reynolds (Stroker Ace) and James MacArthur (Superboy) and played Lurleen in Life's a Drag (When You're a Man in a Dress), Claire in Drowning, and Susan in the short film, The Couch.

Her professional stage credits span over an impressive thirty-five years, starring in world and regional premieres, classic revivals and active in new play development. In 1979 she pioneered a regional theatre Twickenham Repertory Company in Alabama under a CETA grant. The company is now celebrating its 34th season as Theatre Huntsville.

Kim recently played Greer in 7 Homeless Mammoths Wander New England and Vivian Bearing, PhD. in her 5th production of Wit, this time at the Palladium Theatre for American Stage. Other recent roles include Mag in The Beauty Queen of Leenane for Banyan Theatre and Prime Minister Golda Meir to standing ovations in the Atlanta premiere and FST Sarasota productions of the 22 character, one-woman show Golda's Balcony. She starred in two productions of Parallel Lives, The Kathy and Mo Show playing 16 comic characters, as well as directing a production and showcased her classical drama chops as Mrs. Alving in Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts. Her latest theatre directing project, Three Tall Women by Edward Albee for the Players, played to sold out houses and standing ovations.

Kim trained in London and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude from Catholic University's famed Speech and Drama Dept. She is a member of Actor's Equity Association (1983) and SAG/AFTRA (1976).

Kim is proud to be a working, professional actor - 'an athlete of the heart.' She is married to America's premier cat painter, artist Drew Strouble aka CatmanDrew of "Must Love Cats" Animal Planet fame.

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Depending upon where you are in the process, each lesson is individually personalized to your acting and voice acting needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
4 mac computers
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Studio Projects c1mic
AKG Solidtube mic
ATG/Sony headphones
Tannoy Studio Monitors
iPad
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Voice Over, Audio Books, Commercials, Narrations
Acting On Camera, Theatre Acting, Shakespearean Acting,
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David May 21, 2019
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Kim jumped right in and learned everything she could about what I was working on so that she could help me perform at my very best. I can not say enough good things about all that she thought me. I recommend her to everyone I know. Her experience is second to none and her approach is genuine. Thank you for all the help Kim.
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Amy G. May 6, 2019
· Speaking Voice · Online
Excellent teacher!
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Michele G. April 22, 2019
· Acting · In studio
Love working with Kim! Fantastic experience so far!
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About Maria S.

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Atlanta, GA

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About Maria
MISSION STATEMENT:

The mission of my studio is to create well-rounded, educated musicians who will always have a lifelong passion for the art no matter their long-term goals. I strive for my students to be:

(1) Lifelong learners who develop successful learning habits.
(2) Creative and critical thinkers who will become effective communicators.
(3) Responsible and respectful members of society who respect other cultures.
(4) Able to set short-term and long-term goals and be able to see them through to their success.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:

It is of the utmost importance that my students are well-educated in their chosen instrument; they must know and understand music and music-making. Students who can play are a dime a dozen, but students who understand the music they are playing are often hard to find. I teach students to kno
w music thoroughly, not just to “play.” I desire my students to comprehend elements of the score, to use their bodies effectively to make good sound, and to interpret music creatively and according to historical performance practices across all genres of music. Thus, I give students a purposeful education in technique, quality literature, performance and artistry, music theory, and music history.

Although students differ in ability and development, I maintain high expectations for our students. I expect attention and respect in lessons, faithful and diligent practice, careful adherence to instructions, and an “I’ll-do-my-best” attitude. If students regularly meet these expectations, then they will excel to the level that they are able. It is my joy to help students master their music, to do the best they can, and to strive for and achieve excellence.

Lastly, I want students to enjoy and appreciate their instrument, music, and music-making; and I know as as a teacher, I am very influential in making this happen. Students develop enjoyment of music by understanding music, experiencing success in music, being exposed to good and varied genres of music, and receiving instruction from a teacher who is enthusiastic and encouraging. It is my goal to provide all of these opportunities for students, and as a result their lives will be enriched as they enjoy their instrument.
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Grace W. June 7, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
My daughter takes guitar from Maria and I didn’t realize how much she’s progressed until we went to a friend’s recital. 8 months with Maria and my child is leaps and bounds ahead of kids who’ve been taking for 2-3 years. It’s really motivating for her to see. Maria has standards which are non-negotiable but she’s patient and truly guides the kids to success. I’m so happy with our choice as her as a teacher.
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Carlos V. June 6, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Maria has been wonderful with our son. Very motivating and goal based. The recitals blow me away year after year. The progress these kids make with her plus the longevity of her students says a lot.
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Silvia R. June 6, 2019
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Seriously... best teacher I’ve ever had. Thank you!!!!!!
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About Randy S.

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Mount Prospect, IL

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I have taken numerous studio classes on the particular style of acting required for film and television versus stage work.

About Randy
I have always been an actor first, it is the craft and discipline in which I hold my advanced degrees; it is my first and eternal love. There really isn't much more one could add to such a claim. Simultaneously I have believed a teacher is born, not bred; and I was born to be in theatre, and now, with a few years behind me; I'm ready to pass on what I have learned. At the risk of tooting my own horn; I am well trained, professionally, both as an actor and a teacher with more than a few credentials to support those claims. I invite you to please peruse my background on the site and feel free to ask any questions you desire.

Regarding Texas Hold 'em (poker), I have been playing and teaching the game, and working for online casinos for over thirty years. My approach is simple, requires extreme discipline, but I can show you how to win mo
re than you lose. And this is true of all subjects I teach whether literal or figurative.

My undergraduate Bachelors is in Acting & Directing I was taught by the same professors who launched the students that formed the now famous Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago (Illinois State University); I also have a Masters degree in Theatre History and Criticism (Theatrical Critical Theory). I have teaching experience both as a GA and in the private sector. I have been exposed to many different types of teaching styles and locales, (i.e. classroom, studio et.al). I hope that gives you a thumbnail concurrently I hope I didn't bore you to death.

Peace and Kindest Regards,
Randy
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Brandon February 27, 2019
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Jessica February 1, 2019
· Method Acting · Online
Very uplifting first class. Thank you Randy.
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Michael C. October 25, 2018
· Acting · Online
Randy is a genius and is very encouraging! I highly recommend!!
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About Ny Y.

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Chicago, IL
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Hello ♥

My name is Ny! Here to help you grow on your life's journey! My experience includes 15+ years in professional and community theatre projects. Also, I'm a professionally trained gospel, contemporary, and classical singer for over 20 years.

Educational Background: B.A in Psychology, minor in theatre, training at Second City in scene study and improv.

My coaching style is a mixture of holistic and faith-based to connect mind, body, and spirit. Every day is a learning experience and another chance to follow your dreams! Let's continue to grow together. Looking forward to getting to know you!

-Ny
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Madison J. October 9, 2018
· Gospel Singing · In studio
Ny is kind, firm and encouraging! I'm really enjoying our lessons so far.
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About Haley W.

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Culver City, CA
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I have been a professional actor in the film + television industry for 16 years and counting. My training is mainly based in Meisner, with a degree in Character + Script Analysis from one of the best 2-year conservatories in the nation. I have also completed a Shakespeare Intensive course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. I have a background in Uta Hagan's methods, Stanislavsky, Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg, so whatever your fancy, I would be able to help in a way specific to your process. I am still a working actor and have years worth of on-set experience as well and could help with any audition prep needed. I love working with actors helping them reach a greater level of understand of themselves + their processes!

About Haley
Hello! As someone who's worked professionally as an actor for over 17 years, I know first-hand how difficult it can be to find a coach you're comfortable with or who understands your particular process. No two actors are alike and what may work for one, may not work for another.

Meisner's technique was the one that has resonated deepest with me. The 2-year conservatory I graduated from taught his methods with a strong emphasis in the original precepts of Stanislavsky. However, before that I spent years studying Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagan, Boleslavsky and Michael Chekhov's methods. You could indeed say I've tried it all. I worked like a dog over a bone while studying and I know I'll never truly be done, which is also unbelievably exciting to me.

While my training is more theater-based, my experience is mainly in film + television. I
started working as a teenager and haven't stopped. My experience has also ranged from big budget movies (The Final Destination) to grittier, independent fare (Sugar Mountain). I have been the lead of every film I've done, save for one, which happened to be directed by my brilliant acting teacher, and I have worked with some of the most respected actors in the industry (Beau Bridges, Aidan Quinn, Jason Momoa, Rainn Wilson to name a few). I have had recurring guest stars on TV shows (Teen Wolf) and one episode arcs on others (The Librarians, Beauty and the Beast, Major Crimes). I also produce, write + direct my own films.

I love acting so much and I love people who are dedicated to becoming the best actors they can be. I have such a reverence for this art form, but recognize the importance of being irreverent while searching for a higher truth in a moment. I truly look forward to working + playing together to help you become a more truthful, confident actor!
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Dino M. September 21, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Haley is exactly what I need. Experience, easy to talk and answer questions. I have been an instructor for many years in the Music biz, but being a student now with Haley as my instructor seems a great pleasure. I feel I will learn much from her easy going approach. I look forward to many more lessons... Dino Maddalone
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Nicholas July 20, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I worked with Haley multiple times as I was preparing a role and the insight she offered me really helped take my preparation to the next level. She worked with me until I felt completely confident and the work we did definitely paid off. I got great reviews and my director and other actors even commented on how advanced my work had become.
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About Stephanie R.

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New York, NY
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Tony Nominated Broadway Producer Stephanie Rosenberg has been teaching acting for years both in class rooms and private settings to a variety of ages and level of actors.

A graduate of Samford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater, a BFA in Acting from Adelphi University, and a working knowledge of what it takes to make it in the market today, Stephanie is passionate about supporting her students to meet their artistic goals.

Whether you are looking for a good basic technique on which to build your career, or how to nail your next audition, Stephanie will support you in an approach you can count on again and again.

Stephanie has also supported students in creating a game plan in approaching their career development.

Stephanie utilizes techniques by Meisner, Stanislvaski, and other great masters to support her students to reach their goals, all while coming from a compassionate point of view. Her technique will teaches her students how to be self empowered in artistic

About Stephanie
Hi, I'm Tony Nominated Broadway Producer Stephanie Rosenberg, and I believe you deserve to have your dream. Whether you are starting out as a child actor or a professional here in NYC, you deserve to make it happen.

I look at my job as being a support system to give you the tools to help you get there. My teaching modalities come from Sandford Meisner, Stanislavski, and many of the other great teachers.

We look at your skill set to identify what is working for you. What should you keep, and celebrate. (Learning to act is a lot of work and it can be fun!). From there what needs to be adjusted becomes very apparent and we can start to tackle those elements one by one. We can also take the time to look at your career goals, and create a game plan to get there. This career is a journey.

The key is that you come out with skills you c
an rely on, repeat, and apply as you grow in your art form; as well create a performing confidence that will support you throughout your artistic journey.\

For private coaching in the NYC area, I teach out of many of the Professional Rehearsal Studios in NYC, such as: Shetler Studios; Ripley Grier; Simple Studios; Pearl, etc...Virtual coaching is also available.

To learn more about me as a producer please go to: TheEmpressProductions.com
Past productions include ANASTASIA, ON THE TOWN, MATILDA, GORE VIDAL'S THE BEST MAN, LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA.
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About Amanda D.

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Richardson, TX
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Come learn and have a blast with a professional competitive and Broadway and Hollywood Actor!! Perfect your craft with various acting techniques, a specially designed warmup program and audition techniques! Land your next acting gig after taking lessons with me!

About Amanda
Hello Lovely future students!!! I am a professional actor, dancer, choreographer, director and a Texas state certified educator! I have taught nearly every subject in public schools from grades k - 12 as well as acting, musical theatre, dance and voice at the college level! I attended both SMU and TCU, graduating with a BFA and MFA in Theatre performance, dance, radio/tv/film production and Criminal Justice!

Acting students can expect to improve each week in their character development, technique, script analysis and realistic performance abilities. We will also explore theatre spaces, prepare for auditions and determine specific physical warm ups designed for the individual student to assist in releasing tension. I strive to help all students perform at their highest level and obtain professional opportunities!

Dance students can expe
ct to learn technique styles and combinations in accordance with the style of dance we are learning. Students will experience various forms of dance, warm ups and physical conditioning. We will practice technique as well as audition and dance call preparation. It is a goal to assist to students in their craft and guide them to achieve their personal goals within dance -whether that be stage or commercial dance!

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

Academic students can look forward to a fun learning environment, honing in concepts from their subject in a unique, non lecture style. I am an incredibly hands on teacher and love to incorporate technology into my lessons!

While the arts are my passion, a well rounded academic student is a must! I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better performer!
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Abbi May 16, 2018
· Child Acting · In studio
Amanda has a true love for kiddos and a creative spark you can't deny! She helped my son gain confidence as an actor and truly inspired his natural talent.
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Caitlin F. December 13, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Thanks Caitlin learned a lot and is doing much better in her performance now.
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About Cathy C.

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Chicago, IL
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I have 15 years experience directing.

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I teach drama for CPS and teach private lessons in my spare time is
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Cathy C.

Chicago, IL 60640
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About Maria Louisa F.

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Reseda, CA

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I have been a professional actor for over 30 years. I have been coach for over 15years. I teach an on camera class that incorporates the Miesner technique. I have worked children, teens and adults. I teach you how to break down a scene and get it camera ready. I also teach audition technique and I can help you put on your auditions on tape. I work with many Managers and agents through out the Los Angeles area and have worked with many celebrities. I have spent many years in the theater as well as on film and television. I also coach Voice Over talent and have coached children for Mock Trial.

About Maria Louisa
Hi there, I'm so happy you are interested in my classes. I have been teaching for over 15 years in the US and Canada. As an actor I understand the importance of being prepared.
I am from Toronto, Canada. I went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena,CA. I started in Musical Theater and later transitioned to Film and TV. I have coached with some of the best in the business. eg: Janet Alhanti ,Ivana Chubbick and Seth Riggs just to name a few. I have had classes with The Dennis La Valle Studio,Gas Town Actors Studio, Studio on The Drive and Actors Space West. I have been working with Managers and Agents to help there actors with auditions and coaching. I have coached Philip Maurice Hayes,Terrell Ransom Jr., Hanna Hayes, Abigail Zoe Lewis and had the pleasure of Riggs popping into my class.
I love teaching and shari
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David March 13, 2019
· Acting · Online
I've worked with Maria Louisa for many years and find her to be incredibly talented. There's an effortless ease and depth to her work that is unmistakable. Besides being incredibly gifted she's a warm and caring person.
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Philip March 13, 2019
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Maria Louisa is absolutely incredible. I have worked as a professional film and television actor for over thirty years. Maria Louisa adds so much to every coaching session and to any "Eco" audition. She notices things that I may have overlooked in my scene or character breakdown. I booked a supporting lead in the @0th Century FOX feature film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3/Dog Days, submitting on my iphone, and with Maria Louisa assisting. She is always straight to the point, and always gets me the very best results.
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About Kieran B.

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Oakland, CA
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I bring many of the values from my directing work into my teaching. I am more interested in watching actors stretch and grow, learning to exercise new skills rather than develop a "type" based on natural strengths.

I've developed a toolbox, using techniques from Viewpoints, Suzuki, mask work, Meisner, and clown, which I adapt into personalized lessons based on the needs of each student. Lessons will also involve thorough text work and character analysis.

I'd love to hear from you!

About Kieran
I am a Bay Area director, producer, and actor focused on devised and ensemble performance, development of new work, and subversion of classics. Recent favorite directing credits include Sarafael (The Forum), Where the Boys Are (FaultLine Theater), Hidden: A Gender (Variance Festival) Pains of Youth​ (independently produced) and The Tempest​ (Barnstorm). I have assistant-directed around the Bay Area, including TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Magic Theatre, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz and sat on the literary council for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. I am a two-time CA$H Grant recipient, a company member at the Ubuntu Theater Project, a former artistic director of the U.C. Santa Cruz poor theatre performance lab, Barnstorm, and a founding member of The Forum.

As both a teacher and a director, it is my job to identify potential areas of g
rowth. I've developed a toolbox of techniques, largely from Viewpoints, Suzuki, ensemble work, Meisner, devising, and mask work, that I adapt, creating exercises personalized for each student. Lessons will also include thorough text work and character analysis.
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Kieran B.

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Average Cost of Film Acting Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute film acting lessons in Chicago is $53. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $45 and $67 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$28 average
$34
45-min $35
 
$40 average
$50
60-min $45
 
$53 average
$67

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute film acting lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute film acting lessons are 25% less expensive at $40, and 30-minute lessons cost 48% less at $28.

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