The Wheelock Family Theatre holds a variety of special events throughout the year—celebrating key holidays, important milestones and influential people. Check back often as we add new events, including those for our current season.
Wheelock Family Theatre and Boston Lyric Opera Present:
FINDING YOUR VOICE: THE COMPLETE SINGING ACTOR
One and Two-day workshops for youth ages 11 – 15 / 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily
Co-taught by Heather Gallagher (Boston Lyric Opera) and Grace Napier (Wheelock Family Theatre) with piano accompaniment by Christina Chao. All workshops culminate in an informal demonstration for family and friends.
UPTEMPO GEMS: Comic and Character Songs for Musical Theatre and Opera
January 25. Tuition: $100; some scholarships available.
Examine the unique challenges and opportunities of comic roles in musical theatre and opera. From beloved sidekicks to feisty maids and wily servants, these roles require not only fantastic singing, but also timing and physicality, to create gutsy and engaging performances. Students will analyze text, motive, plot, and movement to turn an uptempo song into a compelling story.
GETTING THE GIG: A Guide to Navigating Auditions and Callbacks for the Singing Actor
February 28 – March 1, 2015. Tuition: $200; some scholarships available.
Auditions can make even the most seasoned performers nervous, but there are ways to conquer those challenges! This workshop will help students make the most out of their audition packages and callback chances by assessing their individual strengths and learning how to market themselves in an audition setting. Participants will discover performance opportunities in musical theatre and classical repertoire, fine-tune their selections with input from professionals, and receive individualized recommendations for further study. The elements of a successful callback audition and how to prepare for success will also be explored.
THE ULTIMATE CROSSOVER: Finding Your Way in Opera, Musical Theatre, and Beyond
May 16 – 17, 2015. Tuition: $200; some scholarships available.
For students interested in maximizing their potential as a performer, this workshop shares the secrets of putting together a successful crossover audition book by exploring how singers can switch seamlessly from one style of music to another. Students will develop essential collaboration skills as they work closely with a pianist/coach on elements of style, diction, and musicality to create interpretations that are uniquely suited to their own skills and strengths. By encouraging the development of a healthy vocal technique and fundamental skills, this session will help students become well-rounded singers who can wow a crowd across several musical genres and styles.
Thank you so much, for yet another wonderful performance. And also for so much more than that. It's hard to express from a parent's perspective how much my son has grown these last few years. His life in the theatre - particularly, somehow, these two musical weeks you put on every summer - have given him strength and purpose and poise. We are so very grateful.