A sneak peek at…

The Wingspan Ensemble Play: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM!
A midsummer nights dream at Open Air Theatre
Titania from a production in Regent’s Park in London
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
By William Shakespeare
 
“The course of true love never did run smooth.” A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, written around 1594, is William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. A love triangle at heart, MIDSUMMER, deals with the mixed-up business of falling in love. Taking place in a mythical Athens and an enchanted forest, we meet fairies, satyrs, star-crossed lovers, a troupe of amateur actors, a man who’s transformed into a donkey, and much more! We will also be incorporating some music into our production!
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Here is a great article that the NY Times recently ran about all of the productions of Midsummer that they are doing this summer all over the country. You can see in this article how many different versions and visions there are of this show. There is even one that The Royal Shakespeare Company and GOOGLE are doing together that will “air” online here this weekend!

A sneak peek at…

The Wingspan Ensemble Musical: CHILDREN OF EDEN!

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A still from a production of Children of Eden at Eton University

CHILDREN OF EDEN
Book by John Caird
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Freely based on the story of Genesis, CHILDREN OF EDEN, is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong, devastating actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that “the hardest part of love… is letting go.” The music is beautiful and very challenging!
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“In Pursuit of Excellence” at Paper Mill Playhouse
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Noah’s Ark at Paper Mill Playhouse

A sneak peek at…

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Fairy tale creatures 

The Wingspan Players show: SHREK THE MUSICAL!

OK, so not so much a “sneak peek” as a description of the show.

This summer we will be working on SHREK THE MUSICAL with the Wingspan Players! I have been waiting for them to release the rights to this for a while and they finally did. If you have not seen this show, it is the same plot as the movie but with really great songs written by an amazing composer, Jeanine Tesori, and with a book by a Pulitzer prize winning writer, David Lindsay-Abaire. What I am trying to say is that it is really good…

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Original Broadway cast members Brian D’Arcy James, Daniel Breaker, and Sutton Foster

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Christopher Sieber as Lord Farquaad and the Duloc Dancers

If you are unfamiliar with the movie, here is a synopsis of the play:

SHREK THE MUSICAL

Music by Jeanine Tesori 
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess named Fiona. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand and his name is Shrek. This show follows Shrek & Donkey’s journey to Duloc to deliver Princess Fiona to her soon-to-be “prince”, Lord Farquaad, so that she can have her fairy tale ending & Shrek can have his swamp back. Along the way, however, the trio changes (in more ways than one!) and so do their stories…

Welcome to the Wingspan Conservatory blog!

Welcome to our NEW blog created specifically for our conservatory programs! Here you will find updates on what we are doing at conservatory, photos, videos, news, information on upcoming events and productions, etc. We will also post reminders for parents and students, so if you would like to get notifications when we post new information, just “follow” our blog by clicking the button on the bottom–all it takes is an email address! If you have ideas for what to post here or material you would like to share, let us know! Just email Marissa at marissa at wingspanarts.org

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