Spring Musical Theatre Course 2018

Shows June 1-3

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About the Course.

Since 2008, our mission has been to help students celebrate their individuality, increase their confidence and hone their natural talent.  Our instructive musical theatre courses are designed to improve their acting, singing & dancing skills while creating a safe place for students to be accepted in a community. 

Each week, students develop their performance abilities, creating a dynamic character so at the conclusion of the course, they have the opportunity to ‘strut their stuff!’ at local theatre with full tech & professional costumes.


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    Ages 7 - 18

    Roles will be selected based on singing & acting skills as opposed to age

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    Instructors:

    Director: Melanie Miles
    Vocal Coach: Graziella Mastrangelo
    Dance Choreographer: Whitney Boerger Read Bios

Newsies is inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of Newsies addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment.


We pride ourselves on the individual attention with each student. For example, we have a “check-in” to kick off each rehearsal, inviting students to share thoughts about their day, so that we can better gauge how they are feeling physically and emotionally.Melanie Miles, Creative Director

Musical Theatre Course Streams.

Featuring two casts: Brooklyn Cast & Queens Cast

Stream 1 | Ensemble

  • core dance technique
  • dance choreography – tap or tumbling
  • New York accent training
  • vocal training
  • stage combat training
  • character development
  • acting direction
  • group numbers
  • solo vocal lines
  • personalized feedback
  • fitted & rented costume
  • 3 performances
  • Cast Party!

Stream 2 | Supporting

  • core dance technique
  • dance choreography – tap or tumbling
  • accent training
  • vocal training
  • stage combat training
  • character development
  • scene work & acting direction
  • group numbers
  • duet / small group songs
  • small group sessions
  • personalized feedback
  • fitted & rented costume
  • 3 performances
  • Cast Party!

Stream 3 | Leading

  • core dance technique
  • dance choreography – tap or tumbling
  • accent training
  • vocal training
  • stage combat training
  • character development
  • scene work & acting direction
  • group numbers
  • small group songs
  • solo / duet songs
  • one on one sessions
  • personalized feedback
  • fitted & rented costume
  • 3 performances
  • Cast Party!
Newsies:
Vince
Myron
Ike
Mike
Hotshot
Smalls
Kenny
Willie
Buttons
Sniper

Seitz
Pulitzer’s editor.

Bunsen
Pulitzer’s bookkeeper.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 50

Hannah
Pulitzer’s secretary.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 40

Nunzio
A barber.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 50

Snyder
Warden of The Refuge; a frightening, spidery and sinister man.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 65

Stage Manager
A stage manager at Medda Larkin’s theater.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 55

Mayor
The Mayor of New York City.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 60

Spot Conlon
Leader of the Brooklyn Newsies.
Gender: Male
Age: 17 to 20

Bill
The son of William Randolph Hearst.
Gender: Male
Age: 17 to 25

Governor Teddy Roosevelt.
Gender: Male
Age: 50 to 65

Ensemble
Citizens of New York.
Gender: Both

Race
A persuasive newsie with a love for betting.
Gender: Male
Age: 13 to 20

Albert
A newsie.  One of Jacks biggest fans.
Gender: Male
Age: 10 to 20

Specs
A newsie. Wears glasses and his heart on his sleeve.
Gender: Male
Age: 10 to 20

Henry
A newsie.  Quick to look on the other side of things.
Gender: Male
Age: 10 to 20

Finch
A newsie.  Fast on his feet.
Gender: Male
Age: 10 to 20

Elmer
A no-nonsense newsie.
Gender: Male
Age: 10 to 20

Romeo
A newsie who is a charmer.
Gender: Male
Age: 10 to 20

Kid Blink
A newsie. A tough up-and-comer.
Gender: Male
Age: 10 to 20

Spot Conlon
Leader of the Brooklyn Newsies
Gender: Male
Age: 10 to 20

Darcy
The Upper-class son of a publisher.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 25

Morris Delancey
Heavy in charge of keeping peace at The World’s distribution window.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20
*stage combat highlight

Oscar Delancey
Morris’s equally tough brother.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20
*stage combat highlight

Wiesel
Runs the distribution window of The World.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 50

The Bowery Beauties
Showgirls at Medda’s theater.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 30

Mr. Jacobi
Owner of the deli.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 55

Jack Kelly
Leader of the newsies.
Gender: Male
Age: 16 to 20

Katherine Plumber
A feisty young reporter.
Gender: Female
Age: 17 to 20

Davey
A new newsie, more bookish than Jack with parents of his own.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20

Les
Davey’s fearless younger brother.
Gender: Male
Age: 10 to 15

Crutchie
A newsie with personality & a bum leg.
Gender: Male
Age: 13 to 17

Joseph Pulitzer
Publisher of The World, a no-nonsense businessman.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 50

Medda Larkin
A vaudeville star, owns her own theater. Friend to Jack.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 45

Stream 1
Rehearsal Schedule

2 x week

Tuesday or Thursday
5:45pm-8:00pm
(depending on dance style)

SUNDAY 12:00pm – 3:30pm

Stream 2
Rehearsal Schedule

2 x week

Tuesday or Thursday
5:45pm-8:45pm
(depending on dance style)

SUNDAY 12:00pm – 3:30pm

Stream 3
Rehearsal Schedule

3 x week

Tuesday and Thursday
5:45-pm-8:45pm

SUNDAY 12:00pm – 3:30pm

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    Course Fees

    $785 +
    $75 costume rental fee
    *subject to HST

    Payment Breakdown
    $250 deposit
    4 payments of $180.45
    (March-May)

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    Course Fees

    $985 +
    $100 costume rental fee
    *subject to HST

    Payment Breakdown
    $250 deposit
    4 payments of $244.01
    (March-May)

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    Course Fees

    $1185+
    $125 costume rental fee
    *subject to HST

    Payment Breakdown
    $250 deposit
    4 payments of $307.57
    (March-May)

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FAQ’s – Tips & Tricks

Friendly auditions are to “place” you into the right course and a challenging role that will help you grow in your acting, singing and dancing. Your audition will be in 2 parts: a 1-2 minute monologue and a song of your choice (no pop songs please!) Plus sign up for a Dance Call suitable to your level.

We are looking for individuals who want to risk, rather than perfection. Have your monologue memorized, (know it inside & out!) that way, we can give you a direction and see how you ‘run with it’. Take chances in your song to story tell and bring us into your world!

The week prior to any show is referred to as Tech Week. During this week, all actors move from the rehearsal studio into the theatre where the performance will open its doors to the public. Tech week can be long and arduous, but necessary to pull the performance together with all the technical elements. It allows the actors to become familiar with the stage, set, lighting, costumes, makeup, an audience and each other. Often times, Tech Week is categorized as being the ‘best’ part of the rehearsal process, as it is where the relationships that have developed over the course of rehearsals transform into a family. We invite neighbouring elementary schools into the theatre to participate in watching a matinee. “Media Night” is where the local press and our photographer are invited to capture action shots of the cast backstage & onstage. A performance from each cast will be videotaped as a keepsake.

Tips for survival of Tech Week:

  1. Stay hydrated! Drink lots and lots of water.
  2. Pack healthy snacks and meals for you to consume over the course of the week.
  3. Bring homework to occupy your time spent in the theatre, you may not always be ‘used’ on stage.
  4. Sleep!

Auditions

Tuesday, February 20 (4:30- 8:30pm)
Friday, February 23 (4:30-8:30pm)
Saturday, February 24 (10:00am-2:00pm)

Movement /Dance Call

Saturday, February 24
Beginner - Intermediate 3:00-4:30pm
Intermediate - Advanced 5:00-6:30pm

Are you New to Musical Theatre?

Fret not, we pride ourselves on the ability to connect with our beginner performers, as well as challenge students who have considerable experience to break through their plateau.

Many of our students have been accepted into the Regional Arts Program (R.A.P) of their choice, have signed with agents and have worked professionally in film and television.

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