Summer Programs 2019: Musical Theatre Preparatory

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Combine your "tools in the actors’ toolbox" in this 2-week summer intensive! Students will be able to put all their theater knowledge together as well as singing and dancing to experience what it’s like to stage a short production with all your favorite characters from ALICE IN WONDERLAND. The mornings will be dedicated learning a wide range of theatrical skills, and the afternoons will be dedicated to the production portion of the show. Students will audition, rehearse, and use their creativity to create props, costumes, etc. On the final day, family and friends will be invited to see the show on stage at Playhouse on Park! 

Dates: July 15 - 26
Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
Cost: $675 if you pay in full by May 1, 2019; $725 after May 1

Location: Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Road, West Hartford

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 Rehearsal
1:30 - 3:30 Master classes or rehearsal
3:30 - 4:00 Dismissal


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Elizabeth Simmons is the Director of Education at Playhouse on Park! She also currently teaches at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Goodspeed Musicals, as well as with Hartford Performs. In New York City she received her Master's Degree in Educational Theatre from the City College of New York. Prior to relocating to CT, Elizabeth worked as a Teaching Artist for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Queen's Theatre and the Center for Arts Education. As an actress, Elizabeth recently appeared as Miep in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at Playhouse on Park: other favorite credits include: Stephanie Crawford (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD), Mrs.Rogers (AND THEN THERE WERE NONE), Annie (TABLE MANNERS) and Catherine (BOSTON MARRIAGE).


Kevin Barlowski is the Director of Theatre and Performance Studies at Bay Path University, where he most recently directed Peter and the Starcatcher, Mary PoppinsThe Wizard of Oz, We Will Rock You, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Working extensively as a music director, director, actor, and accompanist throughout Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut, Kevin has had the distinct privilege of pairing with Playhouse on Park, Goodspeed Opera House, the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Broadway for a New America, Hall High School, The Miracle League, Good Company Theatre, and Unified Theatre. As a Theatre Arts instructor in the Hartford and West Hartford school districts for several years, Kevin has directed and music directed over 40 productions for the middle, high school and collegiate demographic. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College and a M.A. in Shakespeare and Education from the University of Birmingham, UK. Kevin is a graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School's Musical Theatre Program in New York City, and is in an active member of ATHE and EDTA.


Katie Walsh is SO excited to be making her choreographic debut with Alice in Wonderland! She trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and modern from the age of 6 and continues to dance today at the Hartt School where she is pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. Dancing, acting, and singing has always been a huge part of her life and one of her favorite ways to connect with people. She was last seen at Hartt in All Shook Up as a featured dancer and in two Mama D’s Shows here at the Playhouse. A huge thank you to Darlene and Playhouse on Park for this wonderful opportunity!



Ivory McKay is originally from Michigan! Has lived in New York City for fourteen years and has been blessed to be a part of the Musical Theater World. Graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A in Psychology, Ivory moved to Chicago for a couple of years and began his Musical Theater training. Joel Hall Studio, Homer Bryant and Lou Conte Studios were the places of Ivory's Ballet, Jazz and Tap training. Moved to NYC and has loved it! Favorite performances include Buzz Who in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Madison Square Garden), Hello, Dolly! (Ensemble, National Tour Starring...Sally Struthers), Judah in Joseph and the Amazing...(National Tour ), and Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tours for six years and many Regional Theatres around the country!


Susan Haefner is very excited to return to Playhouse on Park to teach summer workshops, having taught several in past years. She is grateful to be part of the Playhouse on Park family as an actor and director. As can actor, she has appeared in The Dining Room at the Playhouse, and will play Rosemary in Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical in January 2020. As a director, Susan directed/choreographed 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Little Shop of Horrors. and directed Steel Magnolias. Susan is a Broadway veteran, having appeared in State Fair, 42nd Street, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Her national tour credits include Damn Yankees w/ Jerry Lewis and Billy Elliot. As a teacher, Susan has taught at numerous Performing Arts Schools and Theatres such as Northern Stage, Shuffles Tap School, Weston Playhouse, and Geva Theatre Center’s Summer Academy. For more information about Susan, please visit her website: