Tuesday, May 31, 2011

PREPARING YOUR SCORE in FINALE NOTATION



ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:

PREPARING YOUR SCORE in FINALE NOTATION

Instructor: Clifford Tasner

Two Saturdays, 1:30-7:30pm

August 6 & 13

Course Fee: $195 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $150)

Start from scratch laying out a score: enter the notes of the melody; the accompaniment; the chords; the lyrics; add the dynamics and other expressions (tempi, character names, etc.). Next: work on laying it out so that it looks pleasant to the eye. The instructor will demonstrate, and then each participant will get a chance to step up to the computer and try it out. (Pre-requisite: a rudimentary knowledge of Finale software). NOTE: this session will take place at the office of the instructor (in North Hollywood). When you register for the course you will be given the exact address.

To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE

INSTRUCTOR INFO:
Clifford Tasner makes his living orchestrating big films (Benjamin Button, The Golden Compass, The Valley Of Elah, The Wolfman among others) and composing the scores for smaller ones. His first love, however, is Theatre, and he is delighted to have some of his work included in Got Musical! He writes and produces the songs for the political satire troupe The Billionaires. These can be enjoyed and downloaded at TheBillionaires.org. Tasner is a member of Local 47 Professional Musicians Union.

Tasner has worked in Music Preparation for the Film Industry for the last 20 years as a copyist, proofreader, transcriber, arranger and orchestrator. He has been using the Finale program since 1989.

Monday, May 30, 2011

MAKE A SOCKO MARKETING VIDEO - WITH NO CAMERA!



ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:

MAKE A SOCKO MARKETING VIDEO - WITH NO CAMERA!

Instructor: Scott Guy

Two Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm

August 3 & 10

Course Fee: $150 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $120)

Learn how to use Animoto software, which takes your text, music and images and creates stunning professional videos in a matter of minutes. No expertise needed...because in those two hours, you yourself will become an expert. The mechanics are very easy: it's really just a matter of uploading images, selecting the music and style you want, then adding a handful of headlines, and...voila! Your video is ready for posting on the internet, or your website, etc.

The first evening you'll learn all the mechanics you need to create your first video. Then you'll have a week to tinker with your video or create a whole batch more, and bring a final one to the second session for feedback and final refinement.

NOTE: Enrollees will also need to pay for a subscription to Animoto - a $39 fee - which will be separate from the course fee. Bring your credit card to the first session and we'll talk you through the registration. The registration with Animoto will give you a full month to create dozens more videos, if you want. You can use your own music, or tap into Animoto's library of over 1,000 pre-licensed titles which come with your subscription.

No special software needed; Animoto works online, for both PC and Mac.

To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE



INSTRUCTOR INFO:
Scott Guy
Under Scott's tenure, the Academy has developed over 50 musicals for producers across the country, and over 100 independent musicals by ANMT writers. Scott's current and recent writing projects include: Musical version of Pirates of the Caribbean for Disney; script consultant for a musical by Placido Domingo, Jr., book/lyrics of Manson's Girls for UC/Irvine; Master Smee's Finishing School for Gentlemen Pirates and Ladies is Welcome Too with music by Jacques Offenbach; and Hunger at 2009 Stages Festival in Chicago, with music by 2009 Richard Rodgers composer Karlan Judd. Television credits: Six Emmy nominations, and over 100 produced television scripts for Warner Bros., FOX-TV, Disney, Discovery Channel, PBS, etc.)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

AUDITION WORKOUT



ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:

AUDITION WORKOUT

Instructor: Dan Callaway

Saturday/Sunday afternoon: 2pm to 5pm

July 30 and 31

Course Fee: $300 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $250)

We've all wished at one time or another that we could walk back into the audition room and ask for specific feedback after we've heard the 'Thank you.' Well, now you can!

In a completely safe and professional environment, you will have two days of what I call scrimmage auditions or audition workouts ... This is a singing and acting (prepared sides) audition with industry professionals who are active in the actor hiring process (Directors, Choreographers, Musical Directors, Casting Directors, and Agents*).

After each audition session, you will receive individual feedback on your work and specific, actionable ways you can improve your performance in the audition room.

*Specific industry guests TBA

No more than 12 participants.

To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE



INSTRUCTOR INFO:
Dan Callaway is one of LA's most sought after voice teachers. As an actor, he has performed at the Mark Taper Forum in PIPPIN, toured with the Broadway National Company of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, starred in PIRATES OF PENZANCE at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, sung in Linda Eder's Broadway Concert at the Gershwin Theatre, and appeared at Sacramento Music Circus as Freddy in MY FAIR LADY.

Most recent credits include WHERE'S CHARLEY at City Center Encores in New York, Musical Theatre West's acclaimed production of SWEENEY TODD (Ovation Award Nomination) (Video Clip Here) and at South Coast Repertory in PUTTING IT TOGETHER. (Check out clips from the show here.)

Dan is a member of Actors' Equity Association and LA's Musical Theatre Guild. He is married to Tony-nominated producer Heather Provost.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

WRITE AND FILM AN INTERNET MUSICAL THIS SUMMER

ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:

WRITE AND FILM AN INTERNET MUSICAL THIS SUMMER

Instructor: Scott Guy

Four Sunday afternoons 2pm to 5pm; plus shoot dates

July 24, 31, August 7, 14; plus Sept. 18 & 25 for shoot

Course Fee: $500 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $475)

This summer...write an internet movie musical and get it filmed and onto YouTube! Here's how it works.

Week One - Sunday July 24 - 2-5pm - We'll discuss logistics, location, mechanics of the shoot, as well as the artform and your musical itself.

Week Two - Sunday July 31 - 2-5pm - Bring in an outline for your musical. We'll discuss form, content, shape, character, story, and casting

Week Three - Sunday August 7 - 2-5pm - Bring in the first draft of your musical.

Week Four - Sunday August 14 - 2-5pm. Bring in revision of your musical. We'll discuss camera angles, locations, mechanics.

Sunday August 21 - Final draft due, with tracks. Upload date only; no meeting in person.

September 18 & 25 - We'll shoot your musical! Additionally, you'll assist as hidden cameraman in other writers' musicals. Exact schedule to be determined, but plan on 9-6pm on both days.

Parameters for your musical:

- 2-3 minutes in length
- Shootable 'guerrilla-style' (we'll swoop in to some location, perform your piece surrounded by hidden cameras, and then swoop away -- one take and we're gone!)

Here's what you'll do:
- write the show
- provide the track
- contact actors
- help be a hidden camera crew member for your fellow writers' musicals

Here's what we'll do:
- rehearse the actors
- direct the show
- co-ordinate the shoot
- edit your show (A $2,000 value!)
- upload your show on YouTube and www.anmt.tv
- provide you with a copy for your own use

Cost: $500 per musical

Note: We need a minimum of 8 projects for this course to go forward.

To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE

INSTRUCTOR INFO:
Scott Guy
Under Scott's tenure, the Academy has developed over 50 musicals for producers across the country, and over 100 independent musicals by ANMT writers. Scott's current and recent writing projects include: Musical version of Pirates of the Caribbean for Disney; script consultant for a musical by Placido Domingo, Jr., book/lyrics of Manson's Girls for UC/Irvine; Master Smee's Finishing School for Gentlemen Pirates and Ladies is Welcome Too with music by Jacques Offenbach; and Hunger at 2009 Stages Festival in Chicago, with music by 2009 Richard Rodgers composer Karlan Judd. Television credits: Six Emmy nominations, and over 100 produced television scripts for Warner Bros., FOX-TV, Disney, Discovery Channel, PBS, etc.)

Friday, May 27, 2011

SATURDAY NIGHT ON SUNDAY NIGHTS



ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:

SATURDAY NIGHT ON SUNDAY NIGHTS

Instructor: Scott Guy

Four Sunday evenings from 7pm to 10pm

July 24, 31, Aug 7, 14

Course Fee: $125 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $95)

Spend four Sunday evenings studying the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim's very first musical, Saturday Night. We'll spend as much as an hour on a given lyric, analyzing it for form, rhyme, character diction, point of view, progression...and hints of the mature Sondheim-to-come. We'll play each song from the show (on a CD), and have a group exploration, lead by ANMT's Lyric Lab instructor, Scott Guy.

Graduates of this class will be given free access to a series of online lectures on Saturday Night (the lectures are part of a projected series based on Sondheim's book Finishing the Hat). You might enjoy this course even more if you acquire a copy of Sondheim's book, but it is not a requirement of the course

To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE

INSTRUCTOR INFO:
Scott Guy
Under Scott's tenure, the Academy has developed over 50 musicals for producers across the country, and over 100 independent musicals by ANMT writers. Scott's current and recent writing projects include: Musical version of Pirates of the Caribbean for Disney; script consultant for a musical by Placido Domingo, Jr., book/lyrics of Manson's Girls for UC/Irvine; Master Smee's Finishing School for Gentlemen Pirates and Ladies is Welcome Too with music by Jacques Offenbach; and Hunger at 2009 Stages Festival in Chicago, with music by 2009 Richard Rodgers composer Karlan Judd. Television credits: Six Emmy nominations, and over 100 produced television scripts for Warner Bros., FOX-TV, Disney, Discovery Channel, PBS, etc.)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

GET THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO SING



ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:

GET THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO SING

Instructor: Dan Callaway

Saturday/Sunday morning: 11am to 2pm

July 23 and 24

Course Fee: $250 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $225)

SO YOU CAN STOP WORRYING ABOUT IT

The majority of us performing in musical theatre have no problem learning the notes and knowing what we want to communicate in a song ... the thing that a lot of performers are mystified by is their actual vocal technique.

Just the words 'vocal technique', 'voice lesson', 'classical training', etc. conjure images of rigid, hands-clasped, boooring scales and stress.

In this session, you will learn the basics of the belcanto tradition of singing ...it's a lot simpler than you think, and you don't have to dig out your 24 Italian Art Songs and Arias book from college.

Using the simple tools of the belcanto understanding of singing as a default setting, you can then adjust to the many styles called for in musical theatre safely and with ease. We'll also talk about what styles suit you best so you can specialize in the areas where you will actually book work.

You will learn how to use your vocal technique as a helpful coach that compliments your acting technique as opposed to a critical snark-face (yes, snark-face) that messes up your auditions.

Here's the breakdown...

Saturday, July 23 11am-2pm
Workshop that will demystify basic vocal technique for you as well as show you very simple, usable tools that we rarely learn as singers.

Sunday, July 24 11-2
Master Class ...You will work your material with an accompanist, and we will use the tools we learned Saturday (slowly and safely) in conjunction with acting technique to discover how the two actually work together.

Class limited to 8 participants.

To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE



INSTRUCTOR INFO:
Dan Callaway is one of LA's most sought after voice teachers. As an actor, he has performed at the Mark Taper Forum in PIPPIN, toured with the Broadway National Company of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, starred in PIRATES OF PENZANCE at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, sung in Linda Eder's Broadway Concert at the Gershwin Theatre, and appeared at Sacramento Music Circus as Freddy in MY FAIR LADY.

Most recent credits include WHERE'S CHARLEY at City Center Encores in New York, Musical Theatre West's acclaimed production of SWEENEY TODD (Ovation Award Nomination) and at South Coast Repertory in PUTTING IT TOGETHER.

Dan is a member of Actors' Equity Association and LA's Musical Theatre Guild. He is married to Tony-nominated producer Heather Provost.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

SONGWRITING MASTERCLASS with Georgia Stitt



ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:

SONGWRITING MASTERCLASS with Georgia Stitt

Instructor: Georgia Stitt

Saturday/Sunday 2pm to 6pm

July 23 & 24

Course Fee: $195 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $150)

Everyone's process is different, and we all know something about how to write or else we wouldn't be here. But how do we write on a deadline? What does it mean to have technique? How much do we depend on our collaborators, and how much do we push them? In this two-day workshop, we will tackle a number of songwriting challenges. Exercises (depending on the desires of the group) could include writing a simple and clear 32-bar song, writing a song based on someone else's experience, writing a (not boring!) list song, writing comedy, writing a song for a character in a found photograph, setting a piece of poetry, and/or writing lyrics to a pre-existing melody or writing music to a pre-existing lyric. Ideally, we will do some small group collaborating and assuredly we will have some overnight homework. Writers must be willing to attempt to write both lyric and melody even if experience is more significant in one area than the other. (Participants need not be pianists but must have some way (sing? guitar? demo?) to present original music.) Think 'theater games' for the writer. Class needs a minimum of four participants.

To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE

INSTRUCTOR INFO:
GEORGIA STITT is a composer/lyricist, music director and vocal coach. Her original musicals include: BIG RED SUN (with John Jiler); HELLO! MY BABY (with Cheri Steinkellner); THE WATER (with Jeff Hylton and Tim Werenko); MOSAIC (commissioned for Off-Broadway and written with Cheri Steinkellner), and SING ME A HAPPY SONG (a musical revue). RECORDINGS: This Ordinary Thursday: The Songs Of Georgia Stitt; Alphabet City Cycle featuring Kate Baldwin (PS Classics); and solo albums from Susan Egan, Lauren Kennedy, Kate Baldwin, Stuart Matthew Price, Daniel Boys, Caroline Sheen, Kevin Odekirk and Sam Davis. BROADWAY (MD/pianist/coach): Little Shop Of Horrors, Sweet Smell Of Success, Avenue Q, The Music Man, Titanic, Annie, Parade. TV/FILM: America's Got Talent, Grease: You're The One That I Want, Clash Of The Choirs, Once Upon A Mattress. TEACHING: Founder of THE GYM (NYC), master classes in the UK, Denmark, Germany, Australia, and at colleges and theaters all over the US. Private vocal coach. EDUCATION: Vanderbilt (BMus), NYU (MFA).

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

COLLABORATION WORKSHOP



ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:

COLLABORATION WORKSHOP

Instructor: John Sparks

Four Saturday mornings from 10:30am to 1:30pm.

July 23, 30, Aug 6, 13

Course Fee: $125 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $95)

Come prepared to actually collaborate with someone you don't know - and may not even like. Maybe your collaborator has the wrong color hair, or smells bad, or writes better than you do - horror of horrors! Bring your long term collaborator(s) if you like - but I won't let you work with them, at least not at first. There will be exercises designed to create artistic arguments you will resolve publicly in the workshop, and privately between sessions. Depending on the makeup of the group, the exercises will be able to accommodate bookwriters, lyricists and composers in various combinations. There will be something for everyone to hate - I promise. Oh, yeah - and some lecture about the psychology of collaboration, peppered with show biz gossip - juicy stuff.

To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE

INSTRUCTOR INFO:
John Sparks was the founder/co-Director of the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop (1979-1995) and the Artistic Director of ANMT from 1995 to the present. He founded the Writers' Workshop at Theatre Building Chicago in 1987 and was its Artistic Director for over a decade. Between the two workshops, John has mentored the work of over 250 writers, including Mark Hollmann, composer/lyricist of Urinetown; George Gorham and Dan Sticco, A Change in the Heir. Other writers in the workshops have earned three Richard Rodgers Awards and two Kleban Awards. Nearly 400 shows written by workshop members have been produced in theatres across the country. John's own musicals have been produced in Los Angeles and Chicago.

Monday, May 23, 2011

CONQUER THE INTERNET/SOCIAL MEDIA



ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:

CONQUER THE INTERNET/SOCIAL MEDIA

Instructor: Kevin Saunders Hayes

IN ONE NIGHT
One Saturday evening, 6pm to 10pm
July 23
Course Fee: $125 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $75)

OR

IN THREE WEEKS
Saturday/Sunday evenings for three weeks, 6pm to 10pm
July 23 & 24, July 30 & 31, August 6 & 7
Course Fee: $750 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $600)


The course that tells you;
- What you need
- Why you need it
- How to set it all up (Step by Step by Easy Step) and....
- How to creatively integrate your website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, YouTube account, audio, video, and more, to successfully market and sell your musical, play, tickets, products and services!

Does the word 'Twitter' make you recoil in fear? Do you ignore people when they ask you to 'Facebook' them? Do you wish you knew how to make a video and upload it to YouTube? Does your website look like a forgotten ghost town? Hell, do you even have a website!?

If an embarrassed 'yes' is the answer to any of these questions, then this is the course for you!

In this Intro session, you will get an overview of what the heck you need to get yourself up on the internet; guiding you through buying a domain, building a Wordpress site, setting up a Facebook page, a Twitter feed, and a YouTube account.

It's fun and it's easy - promise.

But wait... there's more!

We're also going to show you how you bring the online world into the 'real' world and creatively integrate your audio, video, social media and website into your musical, play, product, or service to create a seamless, 24/7 connection with your fans!

* Students who enroll in the Introductory Session and would like to continue on in the full course may do so at the end of the Introductory Session for an additional $625

To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE



INSTRUCTOR INFO:
Kevin Saunders Hayes
Film Composer: Composed, recorded, performed and produced over 45 feature film scores, including two Academy Award Nominated documentaries, Five 1st-Round Grammy Nominations and two 21st Century Filmmaker Awards for Excellence.
Television Composer: Composed, recorded, performed and produced hundreds of hours of music for a variety of clients including; NBC, ABC, CBS, Turner/Cartoon Network, Sci Fi Network, National Geographic, A&E and Animal Planet.
Advertising: Composer Composed, recorded, performed and produced thousands of National and International Television and Radio commercials for clients that include; Kellogg's, Playdoh, Volvo, Mercedes Benz, Ford, Dodge, Six Flags, Discover Card, Toyota, AT&T, and The Home Depot.
Vox Lumiere - Silents you can hear
Creator, composer, producer of the five-time, 1st-round Grammy Nominated Vox Lumiere - Silents you can hear. Vox Lumiere is the next evolution in entertainment where rock concert comes together with new music, live performance and classic silent films such as Metropolis, The Phantom of the Opera, Peter Pan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame for a spellbinding live performance of modern theatrical magic. Vox Lumiere has received two 21st Century Filmmaker Awards, and their PBS Special is shown nationally on PBS.
Theater Composer / Songwriter: Composer, lyricist and producer of thousands of songs, including the title tracks to a number of feature films. Hayes is also the composer and lyricist of 15 stage musicals.
Record Producer, Audio Production & Multimedia Post-Production: Produced various music projects for a wide variety of bands, solo artists, singers and songwriters. Hands-on practical working knowledge of digital recording and sequencing with Logic, and Pro Tools and all major DAW production tools. Detailed knowledge of entire audio and visual post-production process. (www.kevinsaundershayes.com)
Other Music Related Expertise: Composition, Music theory, Orchestration (real-world and sampler-based), Bass Playing (30 years of professional studio recording and live performance experience), Music Business (reading and negotiating contracts, copyright, performance rights organizations), Music Marketing (how to present yourself professionally, how to find work, making and keeping relationships).

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

STREAMCASTS! Musical Theatre Workshops - online


STREAMCASTS! Musical Theatre Workshops - online

Instructor: Industry Guests! /Scott Guy /Elise Dewsberry

July 11 through August 16

Course Fee: $100 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $100)
Auditor: $10

Join us this summer for a very special series of live streamcasts of musical theatre workshops. Submit your musical for live feedback, or audit sessions of new musicals-in-progress...from anywhere in the world!

There's no software to install or upload -- ANMT's proprietary software takes care of all that from our streamcasting headquarters in North Hollywood. All you need to do is click a link, and, voila! you're watching live. Or, because of time-zone differences, if your live session airs in the middle of the night, we can arrange for a private password-only taped version to be viewable later.

You give us up to 25 minutes of material & CD of music.
We'll read it, and comment on music, book & lyrics. Normally this would cost up to $320; but it's just $100 for these summer streamcasts only. (We're trying to spread the word about what we do!) For the most promising musical of the summer, we'll contact some of our musical theatre colleagues, including Richard Sherman (Mary Poppins), Stuart Ross (Forever Plaid), Cheri Steinkellner (Sister Act) and tell them about it! At some of the sessions, we'll invite some exciting special guests from Celebration Theatre, LA Stage Alliance, Dramatists Guild, etc.

'I couldn't be more impressed with the folks at ANMT. The feedback they'll offer you on your work is astonishingly insightful and detailed. I highly, highly recommend getting their input on your new musical projects.'
--Jeff Marx, Tony award-winning co-creator of Avenue Q


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE.



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Who's giving the feedback, and who's watching the streamcast?

Why should I pay $100 for feedback?

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Monday, May 16, 2011

LEGAL PERILS, PITFALLS AND TRAPS



ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:

LEGAL PERILS, PITFALLS AND TRAPS

Instructor: Gordon Firemark

One Tuesday evening, 7-9pm

July 19

Course Fee: $195 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $145)

FOR THE UNWARY IN THE THEATRE BUSINESS

Join Theatrical Attorney and Producer Gordon Firemark for a survey of the legal issues confronted in the development and production of theatrical works. We'll discuss underlying rights issues, licenses, options, commissions and collaborations, we'll also look at some of the common financing pitfalls and the troublesome questions of subsidiary rights and director's claims of copyright in other authors' works. Finally, there will be ample time for participants' questions. Don't miss what promises to be a lively, informative and entertaining discussion.

To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE

INSTRUCTOR INFO:
Theatrical Attorney Gordon P. Firemark represents artists, authors, producers and others in the fields of theatre, film, television, music and new media. In addition to his practice, Mr. Firemark is a professor of business law at Loyola Marymount University and Theatre Law at Southwestern University School of Law. He is the host and producer of the Entertainment Law Update Podcast. A theatrical producer himself, he is also the author of the soon-to-be-published Theatre Producer's Legal Survival Manual. More information is available at http://firemark.com.

Mr. Firemark is the President of the Board of Directors of ANMT. Mr. Firemark holds a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Oregon, and earned his law degree at Southwestern University School of Law. Before opening The Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark, Mr. Firemark was a partner with the Business Affairs Group, a boutique entertainment law firm in Los Angeles. He has also worked in the legal and business affairs departments at Hanna Barbera Productions and the MGM/UA Worldwide Television Group, and started his legal career as an associate at Neville L. Johnson & Associates, a West L.A. firm specializing in entertainment litigation.

MELODIES: HEINRICH, RICHARD and ME


ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:

MELODIES: HEINRICH, RICHARD and ME

Instructor: Ross Kalling

Six Monday evenings, 7-10:30pm

July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22

Course Fee: $325 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $295)

A Series of (brief) lectures, (brief) assignments, and open masterclasses.

The lecture/assignment portion of this class will be a brief exploration of the ideas of Heinrich Schenker as applied to the music of Richard Rodgers. (Did I mention it will be brief?) If you are new to 'Schenkerian Analysis' it is a different way of looking at harmonic structure than the traditional functional harmony taught in most academic music theory courses. The thing I found most valuable as a student of Schenkerian technique however, was guidance for my melodic structures and that's what I want to focus on here. If you have ever found yourself feeling that your melodies just don't have enough 'oomph' or that they seem to wander around aimlessly, this course might be for you.

The first night will be all lecture. After that, each week will begin with about an hour of lecture/assignments, then the remainder of the class each night will be an open masterclass.

You're free to bring in any score of your own that you're troubled by and we can all talk about it and I'll offer any help I can. Or if you just want to talk generally about a specific topic that could work also. We can talk about harmony, chord vocabulary, style, groove, arranging for the piano, writing for the voice, notation, formatting, how to get your lyricist to write something that's actually setable, how to get your bookwriter to understand that the story needs to be heightened enough that the character actually has a reason to sing about something, dieting tips, postmodern architecture, whatever you're interested in.

On the first night I'll query the class to see if there are any 'themes' of concern in common so we can focus on a specific area each night. The only pre-requisite that I would recomend is that you must be able to analyze harmonies. I don't mean for harmonic function, I just mean you must be able to say 'Oh, I see these two bars here are built around an F major chord'. If this is a challenge for you, you're still welcome to take the course but I won't be able to address basic questions about harmony during the class.

See, and you were all worried for nothing.



To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE

INSTRUCTOR INFO:
Ross Kalling is an award-winning musical director/pianist, having received Dramalogue awards for productions with Friends and Artists' Theatre Ensemble and the Odyssey Theatre. His other hyphenations include Composer/Lyricist/Arranger/Copyist-Dramaturg-Voice Teacher/Coach-Actor-Author. As a teacher he established the music curriculum at ANMT and continues to be very active privately as a vocal coach and consultant. He was Musical Director at the prestigious Beverly Hills Playhouse for fifteen years where he worked with stars such as Jeffrey Tambor, Dorothy Lyman, Penny Fuller and Doris Roberts and directors Gene Reynolds and Milton Katselas. He is currently the musical director/pianist for Gary Imhoff's 'Musical Artists' Workshop'. He worked on the feature film 'Relative Strangers', coaching respectable vocal performances out of Danny Devito and Cathy Bates. He can be seen performing around town at various cabaret venues or in concert halls (and elegantly appointed living rooms) with his classical trio 'trioCAYENNE'.

DE-SCARE-IFY THE DANCE CALL


ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:

DE-SCARE-IFY THE DANCE CALL

Instructor: Angel Creeks

Four Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm
THIS COURSE WILL TAKE PLACE AT SCREENLAND STUDIOS

July 11, 18, 25, and August 1

Course Fee: $200 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $175)

How many of you feel great when you sing your audition song...and then politely nod in terror when they invite you to come back for the dance audition?

Well, now you can bring it down a few notches on the scary-meter because Broadway dance captain Angel Creeks (FOSSE, CHICAGO, STARLIGHT EXPRESS) is here to give you the tools to truly succeed at the dance call.

This is not your regular dance class...you will get individual attention and help from someone who has been on the other side of the casting table numerous times.

Whether you have never taken a jazz class in your life or you are a seasoned dancer, you will gain simple, usable, and practical tools to succeed in the dance call. (P.S. It's rarely about being the best dancer.)



To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE

INSTRUCTOR INFO:
Angel Creeks is an acclaimed dancer/singer who has thrilled audiences on Broadway and across the country. A second-generation Fosse dancer, she was mentored by the legendary Gwen Verdon. She starred on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning CHICAGO and FOSSE, and performed the role of Velma Kelly on the Broadway National Tour of CHICAGO. She also worked extensively with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group on the Las Vegas production of STARLIGHT EXPRESS. She honed her skills with the Lula Washington Dance Studio in Los Angeles and later trained with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and The Dance Theatre of Harlem.

HANDS-ON MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP



ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:

HANDS-ON MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP

Instructor: Mark Saltzman

Six Thursday evenings from 7pm to 10pm

July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11

Course Fee: $125 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $95)

FOR COMPOSERS, LYRICISTS, PLAYWRIGHTS, SCREENWRITERS AND TV WRITERS

For Writers:
So many writers, playwrights and screenwriters are trying their hand at writing musicals, but the process of musical theater creation can be bewildering, especially if you're a writer who has only written non-musical projects and may not be acquainted with even the most basic principles of music. If Mom didn't force piano lessons on you, if you weren't in a high school garage band, how do you, as a writer or scriptwriter, navigate that daunting world of tempos, rhythms, verse-chorus, legatos and back beats? This course provides, for writers, a place where your questions about music, no matter how basic, can be safely asked.

Your script writing skills will be valuable in writing musicals, but they're going to have to be adapted. All you've learned about laying out a narrative line, story structure, characterization, plot points, all of it, will be just as crucial in musicals. (Don't let the songwriters convince you otherwise!) But on occasion, some bending will have to occur. For example, sometimes, in musicals, it's OK to let forward plot motion stop.

In learning about creating musicals, we will never call this 'book writing.' The craft is not creating lead-ins to songs, though that may occur. You are writing a start-to-finish dramatic piece for the stage, whether the story is original or adapted.

For Composers:
It's equally important for a composer / songwriter starting out in musical theater to know something about the basic principles of dramatic writing: story structure, plot points, engaging an audience, and the crucial matter of making an audience wonder what's going to happen next. And, of course, becoming familiar with the sight of index cards on the corkboard. Your instrument, the one you'll be playing in musical theater, is your audience. So how do you get the right responses at the right times? How do you find the perfect place in the narrative to put a song, and the perfect song for that place, remembering at all times you are writing a score, not just a song? How can you to avoid the trap of too many passive songs in which characters do nothing but reflect on plot events? Also important: Deciding when a song is the right solution, and when it's better to musicalize an entire scene.

For both composer / songwriters and script writers:
Collaboration Fundamentals: This will be Couples Counseling (or in some cases, Trio Counseling) for creative teams -- Learning to communicate directly, in clear language, not jargon. Making sure all collaborators are writing the same show. Making sure the script writing side is able to contribute knowledgably to the musical elements, and that the songwriters are respectful of the dramatic writing rules that can make or break a show. Examining how the team can advance their project from an idea on a page to a finished draft to the process of readings, workshops and production.

THE THREE PROJECTS APPROACH
Those enrolled in the workshop will be invited to submit their current musical-in-progress, whatever the stage of development of the project. Out of these, three will be selected for class analysis, given a creative MRI and discussed freely; one musical per class, each class session three hours. In the fourth and final session, time permitting, other members of the class will be given an opportunity to present their works-in-progress for evaluation. You are welcome to join the workshop if you do not have a current musical project

SUBMISSION PROCESS
For submission, musicals at any stage of development are welcome, from the earliest one-page story idea (encouraged!) to a rough sketch with a song or two, all the way to a produced show in the process of revision. Early stage concepts are especially welcome, since so many projects fail in the very first creative phase -- the creation of a musical-worthy storyline, and the choices for songs and song placement. Submissions should include:
- Story synopsis of the musical
- Biographies of the creators.
- Description of the project's stage of development; e.g. outline, first draft, produced and in re- writes.
- Project's history: A list of any previous productions, readings or workshops.
- Existing materials: Scenes, lyrics, demo recordings, sound files, complete libretto, or an outline, if the show is in a very early stage of development.

Mark has led his musical theater workshop at University of California, Santa Barbara and at the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, where he received this appraisal:

'I gained SO MUCH out of Mark's workshop, you wouldn't believe. Not only from working (my musical) Pyro, but working the other projects as well. It's a smashing success. Congrats on organizing this. In LA, it seems there are a lot of 'bunk' workshops, classes, seminars, etc. This one was hands down the most informative, nuts and bolts, specific, and productive workshop I've attended. (Feel free to quote me for the next one).'
--Sean Galuszka
Musical Theater Workshop student



To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE

INSTRUCTOR INFO:
Mark Saltzman dwells comfortably in the worlds of musical theater and script writing, being an accomplished writer of movies, teleplays, plays, songs, and stage musicals.

He began his career as an audition pianist in New York, and became a script writer and songwriter for the Muppets. His songs and sketches for SESAME STREET won him seven Emmy Awards and the opportunity to collaborate with composer talents like Joe Raposo and Alan Menken. Mark has written several feature films, including the children's classic THE ADVENTURES OF MILO AND OTIS. For CBS, he wrote the Christmas musical MRS. SANTA CLAUS, starring Angela Lansbury, with songs by Jerry Herman. His stage musical, THE TIN PAN ALLEY RAG, has run in theaters throughout the country, including Pasadena Playhouse and New York's Roundabout, winning many honors along the way, including several L.A. Ovation Award nominations and a NY Outer Critics Circle Award nomination as BEST OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL. More at Msaltzman.com

OUTLINING LAB


ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:

OUTLINING ANYWHERE!

Instructor: Elise Dewsberry

Six Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 10pm

July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10

Course Fee: $495 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $395)

The Outlining Lab is available in-person OR online (or a combination of the two!) Video lectures, exercises, handouts, and tests are all available online. Attend the live sessions for feedback on your homework assignments - or attend those sessions by Skype.

An outline can be an invaluable writer's tool for clarifying the structure and story arc of a musical idea. It can then serve as a blueprint for the rough draft that the collaborators will use to develop the new musical. Writers who skip this important step in the development process are likely to find themselves bogged down with a partially written new show that is riddled with logical inconsistencies, and does not compellingly deliver the intentions of the creative team.

In the Outlining Lab, you will be lead step-by-step through the process of developing a musical idea from concept through to a working outline, with detailed constructive feedback along the way. By the end of this ten-unit course, you should have a well-developed and detailed outline that will solidly prepare you for the collaborative task of writing your new musical.

Along with the basic six steps to an outline, other topics dealt with will include:
Types of Conflict
20 Questions for your Outline
Language of an Outline
Dealing with Feedback
Pitch and Synopsis
One-Liner and Logline

Don't start writing until your outline is rock solid!

To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE

INSTRUCTOR INFO:
Elise Dewsberry
Currently the Artistic Director of ANMT, Elise has been involved in the development of new works for over fifteen years: as an actor/singer, as a director, as a dramaturge, and as a writer. At ANMT, Elise co-teaches the Core Curriculum, runs the Full Length Curriculum and Book Lab, and is the dramaturge for the annual Search for New Musicals. Elise is also on the New Works Committee of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and is the co-ordinator of the SoCal New Musicals Network. While living in Toronto, Elise served as the Assistant Artistic Director of the Muskoka Festival; the Co-Ordinator of the festival's annual Musical Theatre Writer's Colony, the Associate Dramaturge of the Canadian Stage Company; the Resident Dramaturge of the Smile Theatre Company; and was the co-founder of Toronto's ScriptLab. Elise spent many years touring Canada with NINE MONTHS - a one-woman musical which she commissioned from writers Carl Ritchie and Stephen Woodjetts. Elise and Carl also co-wrote ANY BODY HOME?, which has been published by Dramatic Publishing and has had multiple productions around the world.

'I recently had the pleasure of working with The Academy for New Musical Theatre on a reading of THE GROUCH'S DAUGHTER, my new musical co-written with Jack Helbig. ANMT staff member Elise Dewsberry served as both dramaturg and director, and in our years of working on this show, no one person has been as helpful to us as she was. Prior to the reading, we received a set of notes that were as thoughtful as they were thorough. ANMT's suggestions led to a rewrite that greatly helped me shape the show and refine its style. I'm deeply impressed with the care and intelligence of their creative input, and would not hesitate to work with ANMT again.'
-Mark Hollmann, Tony award-winning composer, Urinetown

'We ...feel as if a nurturing dramaturgical Mary Poppins has visited us with wonderful insightful nourishment. It appeared to us that you seemed to really relate to the characters we've established and are caught up with their plight and have come up with ways to strengthen them ... Your suggestions are invaluable to us ...'
--Ron Yatter

'Elise Dewsberry's rare gift for analyzing plot and character is enormously helpful to writers. Her story sense is phenomenal.'
- Stephen Oles, bookwriter, Seattle

'Wow!! ... It's as though you were reading our minds ... What's particularly brilliant is that you are having us work through the process in manageable stages. What a gift you have, that you can lead us so that we need to climb out of only puddles of quicksand of our own making, rather than oceans of it! We both hold you in the absolute highest esteem imaginable.'
- Roger Love and Ann McNamee

ACTING THE SONG


ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:

ACTING THE SONG - with Georgia Stitt

Instructor: Georgia Stitt

Four Wednesday afternoons from 3pm to 6pm

June 29, July 6, 20, 27 (NO July 13)

Course Fee: $300 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $275)

These four three-hour workshops are designed for professional singers and actors looking for a new understanding of the musical theater songs they perform. Goals of past participants have included freshening up old audition material, trying out new songs, making bigger choices (in a safe environment), and widening their understanding of the musical theater canon and their specific place in it. Participants are required to sign up for ALL FOUR SESSIONS and will be asked to prepare four different songs. Class is limited to eight performers so each person is guaranteed one-on-one time each week. Auditors are welcome with the permission of ANMT.

Week 1: Classic Musical Theater
Golden era songs, up to and including Sondheim, but really aiming more to the standards. Some writers to consider are Rodgers/Hammerstein, Rodgers/Hart, Frank Loesser, Cole Porter, Gershwin, Burton Lane, Lerner and Loewe, Harold Arlen, Charles Strouse, Leonard Bernstein, Cy Coleman, Jule Styne, Jerry Herman, Marvin Hamlisch, Kander/Ebb, Adler and Ross, Schmidt and Jones, Meredith Willson, Harold Rome, Comden and Green, Yip Harburg, Bock and Harnick, Dietz and Schwartz, or their contemporaries.

Week 2: Contemporary Theater Song
You've seen these songs on YouTube or at NewMusicalTheatre.com, or you have the CD but you never made it to NY to see the show. Some writers to consider are Stephen Schwartz, Maltby and Shire, Ahrens and Flaherty, Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, Andrew Lippa, Jason Robert Brown, Adam Guettel, Jeanine Tesori, David Yazbek, John Bucchino, Jeff Marx, Bobby Lopez, Michael John LaChiusa, Alan Menken, Bill Finn, David Zippel, Ricky Ian Gordon, Randy Newman, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Kerrigan/Lowdermilk, Pasek & Paul, and their contemporaries.

Week 3: Pop/Rock
Depending on the audition you can sometimes get away with a song from the 60s or 70s. Other times they're specifically looking for something written in the last 5-10 years. For this class, I'm looking for a song that would be more likely to be heard on the radio than in a Broadway theater. Think Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz, Adele, or your favorite singer/songwriter or band. Yes, I'm serious.

Week 4: Georgia Stitt originals
A chance to work directly with the person who wrote your song. Find out what that lyric really means, why this key matters, and when you can (or can NOT) embellish what's on the page. (If you need help finding songs, do some surfing at www.georgiastitt.com.)

To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE

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INSTRUCTOR INFO:
GEORGIA STITT is a composer/lyricist, music director and vocal coach. Her original musicals include: BIG RED SUN (with John Jiler); HELLO! MY BABY (with Cheri Steinkellner); THE WATER (with Jeff Hylton and Tim Werenko); MOSAIC (commissioned for Off-Broadway and written with Cheri Steinkellner), and SING ME A HAPPY SONG (a musical revue). RECORDINGS: This Ordinary Thursday: The Songs Of Georgia Stitt; Alphabet City Cycle featuring Kate Baldwin (PS Classics); and solo albums from Susan Egan, Lauren Kennedy, Kate Baldwin, Stuart Matthew Price, Daniel Boys, Caroline Sheen, Kevin Odekirk and Sam Davis. BROADWAY (MD/pianist/coach): Little Shop Of Horrors, Sweet Smell Of Success, Avenue Q, The Music Man, Titanic, Annie, Parade. TV/FILM: America's Got Talent, Grease: You're The One That I Want, Clash Of The Choirs, Once Upon A Mattress. TEACHING: Founder of THE GYM (NYC), master classes in the UK, Denmark, Germany, Australia, and at colleges and theaters all over the US. Private vocal coach. EDUCATION: Vanderbilt (BMus), NYU (MFA).

Sunday, May 15, 2011

MUSIC FOR LYRICISTS



ANMT's sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents: MUSIC FOR LYRICISTS

Instructor: Bill Berry

Saturday/Sunday afternoon, 2pm to 6pm

August 6 & 7

Course Fee: $95 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $50)

Have you ever felt a little bowled over when your collaborator starts throwing around terms like 'coda', 'dotted-eighth' and 'arpeggio'? Don't you want to just tell them to go 'Fugue' themselves? I KNOW right? It's like they're speaking a whole different language. (Italian maybe?) Well don't be dismayed! ANMT to the rescue again with a cool little course called Music For Lyricists. Learn the basics of music theory and how to read a lead sheet. Find why some words fit smoothly into a musical phrase while others do not. Never again say to your analyst, 'My composer doesn't understand me'. Communication is the key!

Taught by songwriter/funnyman Bill Berry, Music For Lyricists will offer you the basics of what those dots and lines are all about as well as to assist you to write lyrics to melodies with a whole new perspective.

Los Angeles songwriter Bill Berry co-wrote the musical soundtrack for ABC television's acclaimed 2006 comedy series SONS & DAUGHTERS. His songs have been featured in films, theater and television, as well as numerous commercials and artist's recordings and many of his lyrics are included in the popular book on lyric writing BECOMING REMARKABLE by Harriet Schock.

To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE

REGISTER BY JUNE 3 TO RECEIVE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

SIXTH ANNUAL MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP


Wondering how you'll survive a whole summer without suffering from ANMT withdrawal? Join us for the sixth annual Musical Theatre Boot Camp: a summer series of workshops, lectures, and practicums designed to give participants a chance to work quickly over a concentrated six week period.

The 2011 Boot Camp will take place between July 5 and August 15, and will include many exciting courses for bookwriters, composers, lyricists, producers, and performers including:

ACTING THE SONG
-- with Georgia Stitt
AUDITION WORKOUT
-- with Dan Callaway
BOOK LAB - ONLINE!
COLLABORATION WORKSHOP
-- with John Sparks
CONQUER THE INTERNET/SOCIAL MEDIA
-- with Kevin Saunders Hayes
DE-SCARE-IFY THE DANCE CALL
-- with Angel Creeks
EVERYONE'S A CRITIC
-- with John Sparks
GET THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO SING
-- with Dan Callaway
HANDS-ON MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP
-- with Mark Saltzman
HOW DOES A MUSICAL GET FINANCED? and LEGAL PERILS, PITFALLS AND TRAPS
-- with Gordon Firemark
LYRIC LAB - ONLINE!
MAKE A SOCKO MARKETING VIDEO - WITH NO CAMERA!
-- with Scott Guy
MELODIES: HEINRICH, RICHARD and ME
-- with Ross Kalling
MUSIC FOR LYRICISTS
-- with Bill Berry
MUSIC LAB - ONLINE!
OUTLINING ANYWHERE!
-- with Elise Dewsberry
PREPARING YOUR SCORE in FINALE NOTATION
-- with Clifford Tasner
SATURDAY NIGHT ON SUNDAY NIGHTS
-- with Scott Guy
SONGWRITING MASTERCLASS
-- with Georgia Stitt
SUMMER SEARCH STREAMCASTS
-- with industry guests
WRITE AND FILM AN INTERNET MUSICAL THIS SUMMER
-- with Scott Guy

REGISTER BY JUNE 3 TO GET THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!

For more info - including short promotional videos for many of the courses on offer - please visit www.anmt.org/bootcamp.asp video