Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Inside Look at FAME Rehearsals

Students who are in our Master STAS (Summer Theatre Arts School) production of FAME! The Musical have been taking master classes, workshops and rehearsing for their upcoming production, which runs July 8th through 11th at the NC Theatre Conservatory located at 3043 Barrow Drive in North Raleigh - near Triangle Towne Center.

Tickets are on sale now ($15 each) and are also available at the door! Call the Conservatory at 919-855-0015 to purchase yours in advance - you do not want to miss this great production. The kids have worked so hard and it is going to be a huge success! For more information on the production, visit www.nctheatre.com/conservatory/stas.html.

Some students sent in some photos from the rehearsal process - enjoy!

NCT Conservatory Students in NYC

On June 10th, members of the NCT Conservatory Company classes made their 3rd annual trip to NYC for 4 days of workshops, classes, Broadway shows, special celebrity guests and general “pigging out” NYC-style.

We all attended Promises, Promises and Memphis (two nights before it won the Tony) as a group, and then various shows on the final night including American Idiot, Next to Normal and Wicked.

Senior Company members were treated to a Memphis workshop with Raleigh and NCT’s own Charlie Williams. Junior Company members attended a Fosse workshop with Broadway veteran Carol Shuberg. All Company members attended a Hair workshop with original cast member Paris Remillard.

On Saturday morning we attended a musical theatre audition workshop with Phil Reno, Grammy nominated conductor and musical director of Promises, Promises. After the workshop ,the kids were “surprised” by a visit from Emmy and Tony award winner Kristin Chenoweth. Kristin met each student personally (to those who could still speak) and talked about her love of the theatre while passing on some words of motivation.

With Kristin Chenoweth

Introductions - they are all star struck

We had some great meals at Carmines and Broadway Joes and stayed right in Times Square at the Millenium Hotel. Tito Hernandez and I love experiencing our old “stomping grounds” with our students and getting the chance to share our friends and colleagues on Broadway with the kids.

Here are some more fun pictures while we were in NYC:

Taking a dance workshop

Everyone with Memphis's (and NCT's) Charlie Williams

NCT Conservatory student Kelsey Walston performing for her friends

Students and parents attending were:
Joy Polhemus
Tara Polhemus
Michelle Rashid
Lily Rashid
Shelby van Venrooy
Anna van Venrooy
Alexis van Venrooy
Kelsey Waslton
Miriam Davis
Meredith Davis
Suzanne Williamson
Logan Williamson
Lydia Leggett
Amy Glass
Brooke Wilson
Radhika Pasi
Laura Bottomley
Katie Bottomley
Anne Bell
Sarah Bell
Donna Gregory
Avery Hoerdemann
Kim Grissom
Carly Grissom
Page Link
Caleigh Link
Angela Simone
Gabby Simone
Lauren Richardson
Morgan Richardson
Haley Richardson
Katharine Richardson
John Richardson
Jack Richardson
Keith Shannon
Reed Shannon

Thanks to all participants and here’s to next years’ trip!!

Ray Walker

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Getting to Know "Annie"

I thought it would be fun to ask English Bernhardt, our "Annie", a few of her favorite things so we can get to know her a bit better!

Here's what she had to say:
Full Name: English Brewer Bernhardt
Age: 14 years old
Favorite food: pasta
Favorite subject in school: spanish
Hobbies: cooking, singing, dancing, drawing
Farthest place she has traveled: Europe
Person you'd most like to meet: Julie Andrews
Favorite movie: The Incredibles
Fun facts: left handed and she cannot physically wink!