A free Education & Community Engagement program
Musical Theater Workshop | Making of a Musical
Gail Blache-Gill, Teaching Artist
Part 1: Workshop
Saturday May 19 from 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Princeton Public Library (map)
65 Witherspoon St., Princeton, NJ 08542
Part 2: Staging Rehearsal
Saturday May 26, time TBA
Stonebridge at Montgomery (map)
100 Hollinshead Spring Rd., Skillman, NJ 08558
Part 3: Dress Rehearsal
Saturday June 9, time TBA
Matthews Acting Studio (map)
185 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08540
Participants must attend all 3 parts of this program.
Limited to high school students. Maximum of 25 participants.
Pre-registration is required for this free Education & Community Engagement program.
Making of a Musical is The Princeton Festival’s ambitious new program for high school students who dream of performing in professional musical theater. Students will gain insight and practical guidance on navigating the business that is not taught in classrooms. This program is free to registered participants.
The program consists of three components: 1) a four hour workshop on voice, vocal health, and the practical side of singing in a musical; 2) observation of the staging rehearsal of a musical in the making; and 3) admission to the final dress rehearsal of The Princeton Festival’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Participants are required to attend all three sessions.
Part 1: Workshop (4 hours)
You, a registered participant, attend the four-hour-workshop. The teaching artist will cover various aspects of being a professional singer in musicals; maintaining a healthy singing voice; when to apply for and how to take auditions; how to take care of the business end of singing in musicals — including how to write a resume, how and what to negotiate in a contract, and how to conduct yourself as a successful professional. At the end of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate what you learned at the Mock Audition in front of fellow participants.
- Voice and vocal health for musical singers
- Repertoire – what kind of roles might fit your voice?
- Auditions – when are you ready to take it, how do you go about it?
- The business of being in the business – contract negotiations, writing a resume, collegiality, networking
- Mock audition for all participants
Part 2: Staging Rehearsal
At a staging rehearsal, you will see professional singers in action, as the cast and the stage director and staff work together to find the best way to tell a story and share the experience with the audience. As part of this visit, the director and cast members will engage you in discussion with a Q&A session.
Part 3: Final dress rehearsal
You are invited to attend and experience the final dress rehearsal, when the creative efforts of the cast, musicians, director, and staff all come together before the opening performance.
Registration will start soon
A native of Trinidad, West Indies, Gail Blache-Gill prepares musicals for the Kidz 2 Camp, a summer camp in Jersey City with a concentration on music instruction and performance. She directed and performed in musicals while an instructor at BYU-Hawaii.
She has toured internationally as a soprano soloist in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, with the New York based Living Arts Inc. and in the Houston Opera’s touring production. She made her international debut as a conductor with Living Art’s Porgy and Bess in Japan and New Zealand while serving as chorus master. Gail was a featured soloist for Nelson Mandela’s 1991 visit to New York and with Westminster Choir at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. For many years Gail has been teaching music to children of all ages in school settings and privately.