A Reflection on Summer 2014

JUST SO

JUST SO

Well clearly weeks 5 and 6 got busy and I never had a chance to write about highlights of those weeks. But I can tell you that they were just as astounding as weeks 1 -4!

Week 5 provided us with the opportunity to see the fruits of all of the Wingspan Ensemble classes’ labors as well as the showcase of all of the hard work the Wingspan Players put into their rehearsals. JUST SO was…just so…amazing! (Sorry…I had to) And the audiences were completely wowed by their talent and ensemble work that was so evident in every moment of the show!

At the end of Week 5, we sadly said goodbye to our Wingspan Players for the summer and focused our attention to the openings of URINETOWN and THE LARAMIE PROJECT. Both of these shows were so awe-inspiring that I had to keep reminding myself that these were our students that only ranged in age from 14 – 17! They both oozed professionalism, focus, and precision. URINETOWN had me laughing so hard I had a hard time breathing and THE LARAMIE PROJECT moved me to tears at nearly every line of it; I felt so privileged to even be in the audience of such a powerful piece of theatre done so well.

And then, just like that it was all over! I can hardly believe we put another Summer Conservatory to rest. Again I say that I feel so lucky to be able to work with these amazing students and teachers. Congratulations to everyone involved on an incredible summer of work and growth!

Look for Fall Class announcements soon. And I will post all of the photos once I edit and organize them all!

Here are some photos from weeks 5 & 6:

WE Musical Theatre Dance Class

WE Musical Theatre Dance Class

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WE Voice Over Techniques Class

THE LARAMIE PROJECT

THE LARAMIE PROJECT

URINETOWN

URINETOWN

 

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Week 4

Stephen Belber with The Laramie Project cast

Stephen Belber with The Laramie Project cast

 

 

Only 2 weeks left…how did that happen?! Here are some highlights of Week 4.

  • Stephen Belber, one of the writers of The Laramie Project, came to speak with the Wingspan Ensemble on Thursday and it was so inspiring! We got some really great stories about the creation of this show, including all of their trips to Laramie to interview the residents. It was so cool to hear all about that. He also answered many of our burning questions, some of them really difficult to answer! He also told them that the scene they shared was his favorite version of Laramie that he has seen so far. No big deal. 😉
  • The Wingspan Players’ classes wrapped up last week and I got a chance to see the final “presentations” of all of them. Wow. The work that happened in those rooms was magical. I got to see dances from all over the world, hear perfectly crafted audition songs from all of the students, watch super cool fight scenes in Stage Combat, and hear some incredible scenes performed in the acting classes. I was so inspired!
  • The JUST SO cast shared the opening number for everyone in our Theatre Company meeting on Wednesday and the crowd went WILD! We can’t wait to see the whole thing on Friday!!!!!
  • The Glee Class also shared their song “Roar” by Katy Perry at our meeting on Wednesday and it was SO GOOD! Alani even pulled out her guitar in the middle of it and helped Brett accompany the class. So awesome.
  • Our highlighted shout out this week comes from one of our Wingspan Players and shouts out the directors!

“[Shout out to] Laura, Laurie, Isabel, and Jacque because you are all awesome!”

— Submitted by Alyssa

  • Don’t forget to reserve your tickets for JUST SO! Tickets for the High School shows will open Monday at midnight.

Photos from the week:

The Laramie Project rehearsal

The Laramie Project rehearsal

Wingspan Players singing class

Wingspan Players singing class

Wingspan Players dance class. Learning to TANGO!

Wingspan Players dance class. Learning to TANGO!

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Glee Class singing “Roar”!

Another great one from the Puppetry class! Bird puppets for JUST SO

Another great one from the Puppetry class! Bird puppets for JUST SO

JUST SO Tickets

I will post a Week 4 Recap hopefully tomorrow but in the meantime, make sure you reserve your tickets for JUST SO, opening THIS FRIDAY!!!

Tickets are free but you must reserve them in advance. To reserve tickets, click this link. You will be able to reserve tickets starting at midnight tonight! Performances take place at Beacon High School (227 West 61st Street).

  • LATECOMERS WILL NOT BE SEATED. If guests do not arrive by exactly 7pm for evening shows or 2pm for matinees, tickets will be given away to standby lists. The theatre is also small so we will not be able to seat anyone who arrives once the show begins until intermission. NO EXCEPTIONS. There is a lot of construction happening around the school so if you are driving, I would allow extra time to get here.
  • STROLLERS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED IN THE THEATRE
  • There is absolutely NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR VIDEOGRAPHY DURING ANY SHOW.