A FREE EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
Limited to High School Students
PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND BOTH PARTS OF THIS PROGRAM
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS FREE EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
Why do we like musicals? How can we enjoy them even more?
Appreciating Musicals will provide you with answers to these questions. It explores a theatrical form that has entranced millions of people while contributing hundreds of hit songs to the library of popular music. It also gives you the rare experience of attending the final dress rehearsal of a professional production of Steven Sondheim’s darkly comic musical Into the Woods.
This program is free of charge to registered participants. Attendance at both sessions is required.
PART 1: ABOUT MUSICALS
CO-SPONSORED BY THE PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY
This fun learning session will reveal the major characteristics of the modern musical, with special reference to Into the Woods. Our teaching artist, Gail Blache-Gill, will share her own experience in musicals to explain their appeal.
Ms. Gill calls musical theater “the most comprehensive and inclusive art form, with aspects of all the arts: drama, dialogue, music, instruments, voice, sometimes even rap!” She comments that Into the Woods is particularly interesting because its characters come from fairy tales – “and who doesn’t like fairy tales?”
PART 2: FINAL DRESS REHEARSAL
Participants in Part 1 will be admitted to the final dress rehearsal performance of Into the Woods in the special ambiance of a small “black box” theater. You will be seated right in front of the performers for maximum impact and involvement. This is a complete, uninterrupted performance held the day before the production’s “official” openinig. Only those who have attended the first part of the workshop will be admitted.
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.