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Musical Theatre Workshop

Our 2020 Musical Theatre Workshop is moving online!

Although we can't bring you to our campus this year, we can bring our talented faculty and alumni to you!

The Musical Theatre Workshop is moving online! This program is designed for talented, motivated and dedicated high school students (rising freshman through seniors) who have a strong interest in and passion for musical theatre. Students have the opportunity to take 3 “My Time” classes each day as well as 2-3 Live classes each day presented by CCM faculty and alumni currently working on Broadway and film.  Additionally, students can sign up for daily song and monologue coaching sessions with CCM Preparatory Musical Theatre faculty. Each student has the option to sign-up for individual days or all five days. 

Students depart from this online experience with a greater understanding of what it’s like to study theatre in college and what it means to pursue a professional life in the theatre.

Program At-A-Glance

  • Dee Anne Bryll, director
  • Dates: June 16, June 18, June 30, July 2 and July 7
  • Tuition: $125/day OR $600 for all five days
  • Daily schedules are posted below!
  • Registration opens May 18

Registration and Tuition

Registration opens May 18. Register online!

Students can register for all five days of the workshop or for specific days. Tuition for all five days is $600. Tuition is for individual dates is $125/day.

The daily schedule breakdown is below, and please note certain sessions have capacity limitations (daily coaching sessions, Diana Lala's Professional Dance Audition Sessions, and Richard Oberacker's Birth of a Broadway Show). To secure a seat in specific sessions, after completing registration for the MTW Online Workshop, then proceed to our session sign-ups here:  https://slotted.co/mtwsessions

Daily Schedule (all times are in Eastern Daylight Time - EDT)

Daily Coaching Sessions

Students can sign up for one Vocal and one Monologue coaching session each day:

  • 10 a.m.: Vocal Coaching with Lisa Ericksen, Rebecca Childs, Steve Goers
  • 11 a.m.: Vocal Coaching with Lisa Ericksen, Rebecca Childs, Steve Goers
  • 3 p.m.: Vocal Coaching with Lisa Ericksen, Rebecca Childs, Steve Goers
  • 5:30 p.m.: Monologue Coaching with Suann Pollock, Darnell Benjamin, Ed Cohen
  • 6:30 p.m.: Monologue Coaching with Suann Pollock, Darnell Benjamin, Ed Cohen
  • 7:30 p.m.: Monologue Coaching with Suann Pollock, Darnell Benjamin, Ed Cohen

Tuesday, June 16

"My Time" Classes

  • Ballet Class for the Musical Theatre with Jay Goodlett
  • Musical Theatre Dance Combination – In The Heights with Tracey Bonner
  • Introduction to Vocal Health with Lisa Ericksen

Live Classes

  • 1 p.m.: Dance with Broadway's Noah J. Ricketts
  • 2 p.m.: Special Event Class with Richard Oberacker, Birth of a Broadway Show*
  • 4 p.m.: Social Media and Online Marketing for Creatives with Chris Blem, Helping the artist amplify voice through thoughtful curation of their visual and online story

Thursday, June 18

"My Time" Classes

  • Musical Theatre Warm-up With Julie Carroll Keeney
  • Yoga Warm-up and Conditioning with Becca Strand
  • Morning Pilates with Patricia LaRosa

Live Classes

Note: each session with Diane Lala is limited to 24 students. Both sessions cover the same content, so students should only sign up for one session.

  • 1 p.m.: The Professional Dance Audition Section 1 with Diane Lala
  • 2 p.m.: The Professional Dance Audition Section 2 with Diane Lala
  • 4 p.m.: Beyond Broadway – Musical Theatre Plus: Exploring Media Opportunities Beyond the Stage with Richard Hess and guests:
    • Kearran Giovanni (CCM, ’03): Broadway: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Finian's Rainbow, Catch Me If You Can, Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity, Tarzan. Television: "Major Crimes," "Designated Survivor," "Black Lightning," "The Resident"
    • Aaron Lazar (CCM, ’00): Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, Mama Mia, Oklahoma, The Light in the Piazza, Les Miserables, A Little Night Music, The Last Ship. Television: "Filthy Rich," "The Good Fight," "Quantico," "Bull," "Blue Bloods," "The Good Wife"
    • Mickey Fisher (CCM, ’95): Film: Writer/Director "The King of Iron Town" and "Summer Nuts." Television Writer: "Extant," "Reverie"

Tuesday, June 30

"My Time" Classes

  • Core Based Technique Class with Tracey Bonner
  • Musical Theatre Dance Combination with Jay Goodlett
  • Morning Pilates with Patricia LaRosa

Live Classes

  • 1 p.m.: Dance with Broadway's May Clayton
  • 2 p.m.: Special Event Class with Richard Oberacker, Birth of a Broadway Show*
  • 4 p.m.: Tap with Julie Kavanugh

Thursday, July 2

"My Time" Classes

  • Morning Pilates with Patricia LaRosa
  • Musical Theatre Dance Combination – "Jet Set" from Catch Me If You Can with Julie Carroll Keeney
  • Musical Theatre Dance Combination – "When the Chips are Down" from Hadestown with Becca Strand

Live Classes

  • 1 p.m.: Dance with Katie Johannigman
  • 4 p.m.: "Rep Book Overhaul" with Max Chernin and Cassie Levine

Tuesday, July 7

"My Time" Classes

  • I’ve Been Cast in a Tap Show – Now What (Tap Basics) with Julie Carroll Keeney
  • Musical Theatre Dance Combination with Jay Goodlett
  • Audition Dos & Don’ts from the Musical Director with Steve Goers

Live Classes

  • 1 p.m.: Dance with Broadway's Samantha Pollino
  • 2 p.m.: Special Event Class with Richard Oberacker, Birth of a Broadway Show*
  • 4 p.m.: Navigating CCM Auditions and Admissions with CCM Assistant Dean of Admissions John Martin and CCM faculty members Diane Lala and Richard Hess

 

*Richard Oberacker's Birth of a Broadway Show Details

(Please note each Birth of a Broadway Show session has a limit of 24 students)

This is a unique opportunity to experience the development of a Broadway show in real time, as it’s happening now. Richard Oberacker is in the midst of developing a new musical, Bruce (based on the behind-the-scenes story of the blockbuster film "Jaws"). The show is currently in development for its regional premiere. It has had several readings as well as the recording of a demo; there have been many rewrites and they have run the difficult gauntlet of securing a co-production world premiere at two esteemed regional theaters with the financial backing to transfer to Broadway if the reviews warrant. They are in the middle of the casting process as well as pre-production design, early marketing and PR and final budgeting. All while dealing with the very real challenge that the pandemic is creating on the theatre industry.

The first part of the session involves coaching 1-2 students on one of the musical numbers from the show. Through the process, Oberacker will share with the entire class as many aspects as possible about the creation of the piece — its place in the show, its use in the development of the character and the propulsion of the story, and the details of how a song continues to develop and change throughout a rehearsal and writing process before a final version is locked into the opening night. He will also look at the process of how a writer and actor learn together about the inner workings of a new song and what adjustments might come out of that interaction. The rest of the entire class will be welcomed into this process through feedback, questions and appropriate interaction.

The remainer of the session is a general Q & A that is focused on the development of Richard Oberacker's Bruce. Oberacker will answer any and all questions that the students would have about how it all works — the real nuts and bolts of getting a new musical from the page to the stage.

Faculty

Guest Artists

Chris Blem

Chris Blem

Chris Blem is a New York based actor and the co-founder of The Network. His clients range from Broadway Stars, Cabaret Producers, Regional Theaters, Internationally Acclaimed Orchestras and University Musical Theater Programs. His work as an actor includes Off-Broadway productions A Dog StoryKatzelmacher; U.S. Regional productions MatildaInto The WoodsHairShowBoatCatsA Christmas Carol, and Beauty and the Beast. Chris is a graduate of CCM. Learn more at chrisblem.com @chrisblem. The Network is an acclaimed social media and creative consulting firm that specializes in helping the artist and the organization articulate their unique perspective by creating a marketing strategy that highlights their voice and by building their right team creative support. Learn more at findthenetwork.com @findthenetwork.

Tracey Bonner

Tracey Bonner

Tracey Bonner has performed in venues across the country including national touring companies and regional theatres in A Chorus Line, Show Boat, Fosse, The Full Monty, Sweet Charity, South Pacific, Nunsense, On the Town, ...Forum, Crazy for You, Pippin, and West Side Story among others, served as Choreographer and/or Director for the Radio City Rockettes, Bank Street Theatre in NYC, Laguna Beach Dance Festival, University of California, Irvine, The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, The Kentucky Conservatory Theatre, Lawrence Conservatory of Lawrence University, The Encore Series (NYC), Woodford Theatre, and The Human Race Theatre Company and The Carnegie Theatre in Covington, KY. Honors received include American College Dance Association (ACDA), Ostrander Award, (Arts Memphis), Kentucky Arts Council (Al Smith Fellowship), League of Cincinnati Theatres, and Shanghai Theatre Institute (Shanghai China). She is an active member of the Actors Equity Association (AEA) serves on the Advocacy Committee for National Dance Education Organization and on the Advisory Council of the Dance Division of School of Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is currently BFA Dance Coordinator/Associate Professor of Dance at Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts and as a regional director for Believe National Talent Competition based in North Carolina. As an artistic academic, her greatest interest is providing a voice for the unheard human spirit and creating art to providing a place to belong. Throughout the variable aspects of her work and life, she is a consummate artist at heart. You can view her concert and theatrical work, or book her privately on her website: www.traceybonner.com, follow her blog: #kickballchangeyourlife. or on Instagram: traceydancesnsings

Max Chernin

Max Chernin

Max Chernin is from Shaker Heights, Ohio and graduated CCM in 2012. Broadway credits: Bright Star, Sunday In The Park With George. Off Broadway: Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre), The Golden Apple (City Center Encores!), Bernstein’s Mass (Lincoln Center), Skittles Commercial: The Musical. Regional: Passing Through (Goodspeed), Daddy Long Legs (Theatre Raleigh) Bright Star (Old Globe, Kennedy Center, Center Theatre Group) TV/Film: “Mozart In The Jungle”, “The Family” and Adam Sandler’s The Week Of. He debuted his solo show, The Color Ginger at 54 Below in 2016. Upcoming: “Dickinson” Season 2. www.maxchernin.com

Max Clayton

Max Clayton

Broadway credits: Moulin Rouge!Pretty WomanHello Dolly!Bandstand (Chita Rivera Award nomination), Something Rotten!On The Town, and Gigi. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Signature Theatre (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Pittsburgh CLO, The Muny, NSMT and the Palace Theatre. BFA, CCM. @maxmclayton. 

Julia Kavanagh

Julie Kavanagh

Julie is a proud grad of CCM with a BFA in Musical Theatre! National Tours: Hello, Dolly! and La Cage Aux Folles. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, The Old Globe, Sacramento Music Circus, The MUNY, TUTS, Cape Playhouse, Stages St. Louis, Theatre Aspen, The Rev, Florida Repertory Theatre, The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, In Concert! with The Baltimore and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras. Julie serves as the Artistic Director for Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield, CT. 

Patricia LaRosa

Patricia LaRosa

Patricia LaRosa is the founder and owner of Studio P., Your Pilates Community located in Bellevue Ky.'s historic business district. She holds a B.A. from Northern Kentucky University, and an M.A. in Secondary Education with Gifted and Talented Endorsement. She has taught at several area high schools and has served as faculty of the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program. La Rosa's Pilates journey began with a Pilates Teaching Certification from Pendleton Pilates in 2004 and has, most recently, received the title of Qualified Fletcher Pilates Teacher. Her Level II certification with the TRFPOS (The Ron Fletcher Program of Study) required 2,000+ hours of education, including intense physical training, written, performance and teaching examinations, case studies, and a continuous education in anatomy and physiology. At Studio P., LaRosa ensures that students receive the most current and highest level education possible by completing Continuing Education courses. Elite athletes, moderate exercisers, and couch potatoes will all benefit from her instruction.

Richard Oberacker

Richard Oberacker

Conductor, composer, lyricist and librettist Richard Oberacker is the musical director for Cirque du Soleil’s “KA” in Las Vegas. Prior engagements include conductor, arranger and contributing composer for Cirque’s world tour of Dralion and conductor of the national tours of Disney’s The Lion King. As a composer and lyricist, Mr. Oberacker’s original musicals include A Little Theater (Aurelia Theater), In That Valley (National Alliance for Musical Theater Festival of New Works), Dracula (CCM Corbett Theater), and The Gospel According to Fishman (Signature Theatre). With co-lyricist and co-author Robert Taylor, Mr. Oberacker has collaborated on several new musicals including Ace, (National Alliance for Musical Theater New Works Festival, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Old Globe, Signature Theatre), Journey to the West (New York Musical Theater Festival), The Parenting Project (Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati), and The Sandman (NAMT Festival of New Works, Fredericia Theatre in Denmark). Their Tony Award winning musical Bandstand opened at The Paper Mill Playhouse and premiered on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, was filmed for Fathom Events release in cinemas nationwide, and is now on a National Tour. Mr. Oberacker recently composed the score for a new musical adaptation of The Great Gatsby which premiered in Tokyo, Japan before a Japanese national tour. Their newest musical, Bruce, premieres in a co-production with The Seattle Repertory Theatre and Paper Mill Playhouse in the Fall and Spring of the ’20/’21 theater season.

Noah J. Ricketts

Noah J. Ricketts

Noah J. Ricketts is currently playing Kristoff in Frozen the Musical on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include: Beautiful the Carole King Musical. Favorite regional credits include Dreamgirls (C.C., NSMT), Hello, Dolly! (Muny), Tarzan® (Terk, WWT) and La Cage (Jacob, Summer Lyric). TV and FILM - Kai in American Gods on STARZ ; River in High Fidelity on Hulu; Short Films: The Fiji Incentive; The Sixth Borough. @noahjrkts