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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 23, 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:  Into the Woods Lighting Tech Rehearsal – Meet Director David Kellett and Cast
    Saturday May 30, 3 pm – 5:30 pm
    Matthews Acting Studio
    185 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ  08540
  • Part 3: Attend Dress Rehearsal of Into the Woods
    Thursday June 4, 7 pm – 10 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

FAQs


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. It consists of three components; attendance at all three is required.


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. 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 try out for a role, and 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 for The Princeton Festival’s production of Into the Woods 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 FOR INTO THE WOODS

You are invited to attend and experience a dress rehearsal for Stephen Sondheim’s ground-breaking musical, when the creative efforts of the cast, musicians, director, and staff all come together in a complete performance 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.

Shari Gill

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Shari Gill won her first talent show at the age of 7, and landed her first real singing job, doing Porgy & Bess with the Living Arts touring company, when she was 12.

Shari has been featured vocal soloist in touring gospel choirs in the U.S., solo artist and choir member at the “Mostly Gospel” festival in France, and regular vocal soloist with New York’s Riverside Church Inspirational Choir. She has sung backup for Tituss Burgess and Macy Gray, and for The Dough Boys in a blues hall of fame concert at the Apollo Theater. Her musical show credits in college and later include major roles in Urinetown, Little Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, and Les Misérables. She holds a B.A. in musical theater from New Jersey City University and currently performs in the New York/New Jersey area.


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