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Musical Theater Workshop: Making of a Musical

Musical Theater Workshop: Making of a Musical

A FREE EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM

Gail Blache-Gill, Teaching Artist

Shari Gill, Lecturer

Limited to High School Students
REGISTER

THREE-PART PROGRAM:
  • Part 1:  Workshop – Voice and Career
    Saturday May 25 from 11 am – 5 pm (with one hour lunch break)
    Princeton Public Library
    65 Witherspoon St., Princeton, NJ  08542
    Co-sponsored by The Princeton Public Library
  • Part 2:  She Loves Me Tech Rehearsal – Meet the Director David Kellett and Cast
    Saturday June 1, 3-5 pm
    Matthews Acting Studio
    185 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ  08540
  • Part 3: Attend Dress Rehearsal of She Loves Me
    Tuesday June 4, 5-8 pm
    Matthews Acting Studio
    185 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ  08540

PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND ALL 3 PARTS OF THIS PROGRAM

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS FREE EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM

Information Sheet


Making of a Musical is designed for high school students who love to sing and want to perform in musicals. Students will gain insight into and practical guidance on how to succeed in musical theater, which is rarely taught in classrooms.

This program is free of charge to registered participants.

The program consists of three components, all of which participants must attend.


PART 1:  WORKSHOP
(5 HOURS)
CO-SPONSORED BY THE PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY

As a registered participant you will attend a five-hour workshop conducted by Gail Blache-Gill, the teaching artist, assisted by Shari Gill, lecturer. You will learn various aspects of being a professional singer in musicals:

  • 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 – writing a resume, collegiality, networking, contract negotiations
  • Mock audition for each participant


PART 2: TECHNICAL REHEARSAL

In the tech rehearsal you will see professional singers, musicians, and technical experts in action as the cast, choreographer, 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, you will also meet the director and the cast members for a Q&A session.


PART 3: FINAL DRESS REHEARSAL

You are invited to attend and experience a dress rehearsal, when the creative efforts of the cast, musicians, director, and staff all come together in a complete performance of the musical before its official opening.


Gail 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.


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