7/1/19 - 7/19/19
A 3-week exploration of Music Theater Performance and Production for youth age 9-15 establishing a deeper understanding of all of the elements of Musical theatre.
Led by professional teaching artists with weekly master classes from industry professionals, students explore elements of music, spoken word, movement, costume and stage design emblematic of the Woodstock era. Through the creation of a collaborative, devised theater piece, students gain hands-on experience with foundational elements of theater including acting, writing, directing and designing.
Anchored in social engagement, P.L.A.Y. Theater values the contributions of each participant, highlights the importance of working as a team, and inspires participants to explore new adventures in the arts.
Plus, on Saturday July 20th at 10 AM, join us in the culminating event of our three 3 week P.L.A.Y Theater Program! The kids in our program, ages 9-15, have been busy preparing a musical that centers around a brother and sister’s journey to Woodstock and the different challenges they face along the way. Weaving together popular songs and iconic speeches of the 1960s, this is one performance you won’t want to miss!
Laquita Matthews (Set, Prop, Costume Design): Laquita attended Virginia Commonwealth University, receiving a BFA in Fashion Design and Costumes. She worked in NYC for several years in theater costuming. She has worked as a wardrobe stylist and costume designer for television and films for over 20 years and was also honored to work at the Martha Graham Dance Company. Currently, Laquita's focus is on vintage clothing and custom sewing and she works from her studio in Sullivan County, NY.
Ryan Sander (Choreography): Ryan currently works at one of the top dance agencies in NYC. He performed regionally with touring companies, tv & Broadway, and enjoyed being a part of the casting process for productions worldwide. As a director and choreographer, he worked in the U.S. and internationally with Mamma Mia!, Franco Dragone, Mia Michaels, Royal Caribbean, Dita Von Teese, the Bluebell Girls, Meryl Streep and Alfredo Arias.
Stephanie Armstrong (Props): Stephanie has spent 15 years working in the film business as a Union Property Master for IATSE Local 52. On set, she helps to create “movie magic” through the fabrication/procurement of key “props” to be used by actors during the shoot. These can range from radioactive ooze and throwing stars!
PLUS, Melissa Gilbert and Timothy Busfield will be offering Master Classes in the last week of P.L.A.Y. Theater to provide students with expert instruction in acting and production, helping fine tune their final share program!
Melissa Gilbert is an Outer Critic’s Circle, Theater World and Emmy Award winning, actor, director, producer, and NY Times Best Selling author. Best known for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder on the television classic Little House On The Prairie, Melissa has starred in over fifty television movies and numerous television series over the course of her 53 year career. A member of the legendary Actor’s Studio, Melissa made her stage debut in 1979. In 2017, Melissa, along with her partners Jeff Daniels and Timothy Busfield (her beloved husband) formed Grand River Productions and produced their first independent feature, Guest Artist.
Timothy Busfield is a producer, director, writer, teacher, and Emmy Award-winning actor with over 650 professional credits. As an actor Timothy has starred on Broadway, in movies, television and radio. As a director, he has directed over 140 episodes of television, two films, and over 25 plays. He began writing plays at 15 and has written more than 20 children’s plays, four television pilots and a movie. As a teacher, Timothy was a full professor at Michigan State University and also created the Apprentice/Intern program at The B Street Theatre in Sacramento (now in its 33rd season). He’s married to television icon Melissa Gilbert and splits time between Sullivan County, New York and New York City.
Roswell Hamrick is a production designer for TV and Film as well as an Interior Designer.
Angela Jamieson is a Conductor/Pianist for Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway as well as Music Director for Hiroshima, music by Yoko Ono. Additionally, she’s toured with Cats, Phantom Of The Opera, Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, and Big Apple Circus. Angela has worked as a teaching artist for the New York City Center, Young Audiences NY, Inside Broadway, TADA!, Summer Arts Institute, and Disney Worldwide.
John Pizzolato is a B.F.A Graduate of Drama from Hostra University. He has been a company member of The Flea Theatre, (Jabu by the late, great Liz Swados) Josh Fox's International WOW Company (Limitless Joy), and has performed in many off-Broadway plays and regional musicals. He was also the lead singer/songwriter with The Johns, a dance punk band. Johnny currently produces runway shows during New York Fashion Week and other events via his public relations and production agency, International Playground.
About P.L.A.Y: Youth, ages 9-15 in P.L.A.Y Music and Theater, experience and embody artistic opportunities. They are introduced to foundational skills that can spark a life rich in creative, social, and emotional engagement. Each program hosts up to 35 students and lasts three weeks in July and August from 9am- 4pm. Visiting artists, as well as students, create or hone works inspired by BWCA’s exhibits and historic grounds.