2018 Summer ThEATER INTENSIVE
Learn from professional performers and directors! This workshop is geared toward youth in grades 6-12.
Workshop: July 23rd-27th & July 30th-August 3rd
(Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Tech Rehearsal: August 8th
Dress Rehearsal: August 9th
Show Dates: August 10th-12th & 17th-19th
$600 Early Bird - $200 deposit to hold a spot; good until May 1st
$680 Regular - $200 deposit to hold a spot
$550 Returning student - $200 deposit to hold a spot by June 1st
(payment plans available)
Curriculum: The workshop will include acting, singing, dance, improv, and technical theater. We will start each day with a dance warmup, vocal warmup and technique, and improv games to get everyone all loosened up! Acting, singing, and dancing will be taught both in a class setting and in a hands-on method, via our rehearsal process.
Career Days: Meet working professionals; from Broadway actors, to technicians, to talent agents!. Get a real taste of the industry- what it takes, and how many different paths there can be!
Performance: Our workshop participants this summer will also be included in our professional theater company's mainstage musical, Oliver! This will give our young actors the opportunity to work alongside professional actors and technicians, and to really get a full professional theater experience. Rehearsal for the show will also be a part of the workshop and used as a teaching tool.
While most lead roles will be performed by professional Equity actors, there are some great feature roles for young actors, dance and vocal solos, and other onstage opportunities! We truly believe that the best way to learn theater is by doing.
There will be an audition prior to the workshop start, but it is only for participants who are seeking a role. Please understand that taking on a role will mean extra responsibility and time spent outside of the workshop memorizing.
There will be a short audition for everyone on the first day of the workshop, but this is for placement ONLY. All participants will have the opportunity to be in the show in some capacity. This audition is a means of getting to know everyone better, so that we can best cast people where they will really shine!
Whether you are considering a career in theater or not, a professional show experience offers invaluable lessons in teamwork, creativity, responsibility, and confidence.
We know how much young talent is in our area, and we can’t wait to work with you!
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We are limiting registration to 20 participants, so that everyone gets more individual attention and has more performance opportunity.
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Michael Sherry (Director & Choreographer) - Michael , the Artistic Director at Backdoor Theatre in Wichita Falls, TX, is New Jersey born and raised. After living and studying in New York City, Michael is a graduate of AMDA and Elon University in North Carolina. Regional credits include A Chorus Line, Oklahoma, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Big River. Off-Broadway credits include Dickens's- A Christmas Carol, and one of the first Off-Broadway project productions of The Phantom of the Opera. Other credits include Cats and Hairspray. Michael moved to Wichita Falls to dance for the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre. Later,Michael was asked to direct and choreograph Backdoor Theatre’s production of A Chorus Line, and later Chicago. SInce taking over as Artistic Director, he has directed numerous shows, including “Chicago,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Spamalot,” “Cabaret,” “Les Miserables,” “RENT,” “Avenue Q,” and “Rocky Horror Show.”
Kevin White - Musical Director, a New York based music director and actor, began his love for music and theater at a very early age. He spent last winter as a guest artist teaching and music directing at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire, as well he will be music directing "Mamma Mia" at Northern Stage this spring. Kevin spent the end of 2016 traveling internationally with a show entitled, "Oh What a Night!" A tribute to Frankie Valli and the four seasons. He also spent several years touring internationally with a group called, "The Water-Coolers" a musical sketch comedy show about the workplace, where he served as music director and vocalist. In New York, Kevin serves as music director and vocal coach for many actors. Most recently he served as music director for "Gypsy" at The Gallery Players in Brooklyn, and associate conductor/assistant music director for "Oklahoma!" at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, NY. He has musically helped create several one-man shows which have played all over NYC. Favorites include "IMperfect," and most recently "36 expressions" where he created a 36 (yes... thirty six) song medley. Before leaving NYC to tour with "Oh What a Night," Kevin spent three years on staff teaching and music directing in the musical theatre conservatory at the New York Film Academy. During his time at NYFA, Kevin taught alongside many of Broadway's top actors, directors and choreographers. Kevin was also on staff teaching at a premier acting school in Brooklyn called "Acting Out!" where he successfully coached numerous elementary and middle school students for auditions to some of New York's famed performing arts schools. As an actor, Kevin spent seven seasons in the resident equity company of The Barn Theatre in Michigan. Favorite roles include: Lonny (ROCK OF AGES), Johnny (AMERICAN IDIOT), Sir Robin (SPAMALOT), Huck (BIG RIVER), Joseph (JOSEPH... TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT), Brad (ROCKY HORROR), and Berger (HAIR). At the Barn Theatre, Kevin also served as music director for their famous "Rehearsal Shed Bar Show," a nightly cabaret, where he was able to fine-tune his craft of vocal-arranging. Kevin received a BFA from Millikin University in Illinois, where he music directed their mainstage productions of "Ruthless: The Musical," and "The Spitfire Grill." He is the only student in the university's 110 year history to have music directed at that level while attending the school. Last, Kevin served as Music Director, orchestrator, and pianist for Greenwood Lake Theatre Company's premier production, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."
Katherine Weatherford - Katherine holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and has been professionally active in stage, film and television for over a decade. She founded Greenwood Lake Theatre alongside Mercia Entertainment Artistic Director Mary Riley in summer 2016 and co-produced The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Previously, Katherine had produced cabarets, independent films and an independent sitcom pilot titled How Come I’m Not Famous Yet? Katherine’s stage credits include Maria in West Side Story, Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, Sarah Kines in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sister Mary Luke in Nunsense:The Mega Musical (Barn Theatre, MI), Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain, Ariel Moore in Footloose , Lily St. Regis in Annie (Alhambra Theatre, FL) Judy Haynes in White Christmas (Woodlands Repertory Theatre, TX) and Olive Ostrovsky in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Greenwood Lake Theater.) Film and television appearances include independent films Fish Mich, Deceit, and Jerk. Television and webseries include How Come I’m Not Famous Yet?, (Un)Balanced, Scorned: Love Kills, Frenemies and as a guest historian on the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum.