Summer Programs 2017: Musical Theatre Preparatory

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A two week full-day intensive musical theatre program introducing and preparing young actors for future training and/or performance in music, dance and theater. We are happy to work with students of all backgrounds and levels of training. All are welcome!

This summer program gives older elementary and middle school students instruction in acting, dance, and music. Each day, students will have a schedule of classes and rehearsals. Guest artists will also be brought in to teach students master classes in special topics. There will be opportunities for instruction both in small groups and as an entire ensemble. The emphasis of the program is on developing strong performance skills. As part of that goal, each student will be featured in a final performance as a singer, actor, and dancer. Students will also have opportunities to develop their own pieces during daily supervised rehearsals and will have a chance to perform their own "creative projects" for the rest of the students in the program each Friday.

2016 Summer Program Highlights:

Dates: July 10 - 21
Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
Cost: $650 if you pay in full by May 1, 2017, $700 after May 1st.

Students may arrive as early as 8:30 am, and must be picked up by 4 pm. Students must bring their own lunches daily. Food will not be provided.

Program Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 Arrival
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome
9:15 - 10:15 Movement class or acting class in small groups
10:15 - 11:15 Movement class or acting class in small groups
11:15 - 12:15 Music
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 Creative topics
1:30 - 3:30 Master classes or rehearsal
3:30 - 4:00 Dismissal


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Musical Theater Preparatory Program Director / Acting Instructor

Kyle Reynolds has been directing throughout Connecticut for the past 10 years. Kyle currently teaches at Western Connecticut State University, Post University and The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts: Musical Theater Department. Kyle has performed, directed, and choreographed all over the State of CT including: Seven Angels Theatre, The Warner Theater, Chestnut Street Playhouse, Hole in the Wall Theater, The Palace Theater and The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Favorite credits include:  Ambrose Kemper (HELLO, DOLLY!), Otto (SPRING AWAKENING), Leaf Coneybear (SPELLING BEE), WEST SIDE STORY (Co-Director), SPELLING BEE (Director), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Director/Choreographer), and SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL!! (Director/Choreographer). Kyle is excited to join the team at Playhouse on Park!


Musical Theater Preparatory & Boot Camp Dance Instructor / Choreographer

Mallory Cunningham was seen on the Playhouse on Park stage last summer in HAIR and is currently playing Kristine in A CHORUS LINE! She studied and taught for several years at the Glastonbury Dance Center and earned a BFA in Acting from the University of Connecticut. In addition to teaching and performing, Mallory has choreographed numerous productions for regional theaters around the country. Some favorite roles include Eldorado Casino: FOOTLOOSE (Urleen); Cape Fear Regional Theatre: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Tzeitel) and SPAMALOT (Ensemble / Choreographer); Connecticut Rep: CABARET (Kit Kat Girl), INTO THE WOODS (Rapunzel); Woodstock Playhouse: LES MISERABLES (Fantine), WEST SIDE STORY (Consuela), CHICAGO (Annie), and LEGALLY BLONDE (Vivienne); Temple Theatre: CATS (Rumpleteaser / Assistant Choreographer), and THE MUSIC MAN (Zaneeta); and Granbury Opera House: SOUTH PACIFIC (Dinah). 


Playhouse on Park: Kevin has had the distinct privilege of directing: FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY; A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD; THE MAIN STREET KIDS CLUB; MISS NELSON IS MISSING; BUNNICULA; Music Directing: ALL I REALLY...KINDERGARTEN; Performing: Woof HAIR; Leaf Coneybear/Carl Dad THE 25th...SPELLING BEE; Bobby/Emcee u/s CABARET; Peter COMPANY; Linus YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. Kevin is a graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School's Musical Theatre Program in New York City, and holds a B.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College. He is the Director of Theatre and Performance Studies at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA, and is currently pursuing his M.A. in Shakespeare and Education from the University of Birmingham, UK. Kevin is expressly grateful to Darlene, Sean, and the entire POP staff for their unfaltering guidance, support and faith.

Broadway Guest Artists

DOUGLAS LYONS is a composer-lyricist and actor, originally from New Haven, CT, who graduated from The Hartt School's BFA  Musical Theatre program. Douglas has originated roles on Broadway in THE BOOK OF MORMON and BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. Tours: RENT, DREAMGIRLS (Apollo) and BOOK OF MORMON (1st National).  As a composer/lyricist he is half writing team Lyons and Pakchar, whose music has been workshopped and featured at Lincoln Center’s Broadway Songbook Series, The Old Globe,  The 11th hour Theatre Company, Seattle Rep, The Music Theater Factory, The Johnny Mercer Writing Colony at Goodspeed Musicals and more. The team was recently commissioned by Seattle's 5th Ave Theatre on a new project and their new musical Five Points will get its world premiere at Theater Latte Da in Spring 2018. 

JASON GOTAY is an Actor and Teaching Artist born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Broadway: BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL (Randall, Original Broadway and Touring Companies), SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK (Peter Parker/Spider-Man). TV: NBC'S PETER PAN LIVE (Tootles/Lost Boy). Regional Highlights: World Premiere of DISNEY'S FREAKY FRIDAY (Adam) at the Signature Theater, World Premiere of A BRONX TALE (Calogero) at the Paper Mill Playhouse, INTO THE WOODS (Jack), MAMMA MIA! (Sky) and most recently, THE LITTLE MERMAID (Prince Eric) at the St. Louis MUNY, among others. @jasongotay