Monday, May 16, 2011

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).

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