For those of you in the Northern Virginia area, I’m posting to promote my students’ current work around town and emphasize how proud I am of their achievements. This is a huge weekend for school musicals and I have several students that are performing lead, supporting, and ensemble roles.
Beauty & the Beast Jr. with Saint Mary’s School is playing at Bishop Ireton High School on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 2 PM. Aimee Bee student highlights: Viana Schlapp is starring as Belle, Addison Parker is Silly Girl, and Elizabeth Cheney is in many scenes as a featured ensemble member.
Billy Elliot is opening tonight at West Potomac High School and plays through May 6th. More information and tickets are available here. Featured Aimee Bee students are Willa Denton, Kendall Grady, Max Marshall, and David McFarland.
Oklahoma is also opening tonight at West Springfield High School and playing through Sunday afternoon. My student, Connor Brunson, is a freshman and singing tenor in the ensemble!
Chess at The Theatre Lab in Washington, DC opens tonight and plays through May 6th. Carla Crawford has a leading role as the Arbitor in this rock musical! More information and tickets are here.
Finally, The Lion King Kids is playing on Wednesday, May 3rd, at 7 PM at Maury Elementary School. Aimee Bee students (studying with my awesome teaching artists Moriah and Jess!) Fiona Hendrickson and Eliza Gwin are in this show!
Check out these awesome shows and support our local musical theatre students!!
There is so much to learn from working on classic Broadway showtunes. I’m devoting this post to learning traditional, classic musical theatre for kids of all ages (and yes, this can even include those who are young at heart).
As a voice teacher, it is extremely important to me that my students know songs from the Golden Age of musical theatre. While searching for audition material, some students are so focused on finding obscure or new songs and avoiding “overdone” songs that they somehow miss learning about Oklahoma, The Music Man, and My Fair Lady. This is certainly an impediment to their progress as performers. We can learn so much from these classic musicals about the history of this American art form as well as the development of healthy vocal technique and song study.
I encourage all of my students to study at least one song by each of these classic Broadway composers and lyricists: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, Lerner & Loewe, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Comden & Green. If you are unfamiliar with any of these musical theatre writers, please find out more! Look up the names and see if you recognize any of their shows or songs. If you don’t, find and play this music at home, in the car, or wherever is best for you and learn through listening!
Here is a video that explores two classic Broadway songs for young performers: