A FREE EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
Limited to High School Students
PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND ALL 3 PARTS OF THIS PROGRAM
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS FREE EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
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:
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 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.
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.