Princeton Festival - Man of La Mancha, 2017

A free Education & Community Engagement program

Musical Theater Workshop  |  Making of a Musical

Gail Blache-Gill, Teaching Artist

Limited to High School and College Students

Three-part program:

  • Part 1: Workshop – Voice and Career
    Saturday May 19 from 12:30 – 4:30 pm
    Princeton Public Library (map)
    65 Witherspoon St., Princeton, NJ  08542
    Co-sponsored by The Princeton Public Library

  • Part 2: Tech Rehearsal – Meet the Director Michael Dean Morgan and Cast
    Sunday June 3, 1 pm – 3 pm Matthews Acting Studio (map)
    185 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ  08540

  • Part 3: Attend the Final Dress Rehearsal of A Funny Thing Happened….
    Saturday June 9, 7 pm – 9:30 pm
    Matthews Acting Studio (map)
    185 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ  08540

Participants must attend all 3 parts of this program.

Maximum of 25 participants.

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Pre-registration is required for this free Education & Community Engagement program.

Making of a Musical is a new program for high school and college students who love the sing and dream of performing in a musical. Students will gain insight into and practical guidance on navigating the business, a topic rarely 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) a visit to the first day of the “tech rehearsal” of The Princeton Festival’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, with comments from the Director himself; and 3) admission to the final dress rehearsal performance. Participants are required to attend all three sessions.


Part 1:  Workshop (4 hours) – Co-sponsored by The Princeton Public Library

As a registered participant you will attend a four-hour-workshop conducted by Gail Blache-Gill, the teaching artist. She 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 a 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

In the tech rehearsal you will see professional singers, musicians, and technical experts in action as the cast, stage director, and staff work together to find the best way to tell the story and share the experience with the audience. During your visit, the Director himself will cue you in and explain what is happening or what you are about to observe. You will also meet the cast members for 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 in a complete performance of the musical just before its official opening.


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» Read more about The Princeton Festival’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum


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Gail Blache-Gill, Teaching ArtistGail Blache-Gill

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 productions of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess by the New York-based Living Arts Inc. and the Houston Opera.  She made her international debut as a conductor with Living Arts’ Porgy and Bess in Japan and New Zealand while also serving as chorus master. Gail was a featured soloist for Nelson Mandela’s 1991 visit to New York and with the Westminster Choir at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. For many years Gail has been teaching music privately and in school settings to children of all ages.