Week Two

Apologies for the delayed post, but we were just so busy!

All of the students have been learning so much in their classes–it’s so fun to walk around to them each day. I wish I could take the classes with them!

Rehearsals are definitely in full swing!

  • Honk is planning to do a stumble through of what they have so far this week–I can’t wait to see the beginnings of it come together! They are also meeting with the costume designer this Friday to start trying things on and getting a sense of the costumes they will be wearing.
  • Into the Woods has tackled some seriously hard music and are doing so beautifully! I am so impressed with what they can learn in just an hour sometimes. Seriously, Sondheim, you definitely have challenged us with this one! We can’t wait to share all of the hard work in just a few weeks!
  • Peter & the Starcatcher is devising really amazing and beautiful movement for the show and it’s coming together so well! I am amazed at how inventive they can be with some rope and a couple of trunks–it’s so magical!

Here are our featured shout-outs for this week:

“SHOUT OUT TO JADE FOR BEING AN ENDLESSLY PATIENT AND HUMBLE DANCE CAPTAIN!”


“SHOUT OUT TO JAZMIN AND SOFIA FOR MAKING AMAZING CHOREOGRAPHY FOR PETER AND THE STARCATCHER.”

And here are some photos from the past week:

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Week One

I can’t believe we already completed our first week of Conservatory. It was only a few days long but it was a full, fun, and exciting week regardless! We are already in full swing with all of our classes and rehearsals! Right now, the Wingspan Players are in rehearsal learning music and choreography for Honk! The Wingspan Ensemble is in classes at the moment but this afternoon will head to their first full rehearsals of Peter & the Starcatcher and Into the Woods 

And here are some fun photos of our first week!

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15 Years of Wingspan Arts

This past Monday we gathered to celebrate 15 years of Wingspan Arts and what a wonderful celebration it was! Thank you so much to everyone who attended and to those of you that supported from afar if you couldn’t make it.

We had a few really amazing guests from the Broadway community join us to perform with some of our Conservatory students and everyone did such a beautiful job. We hope to post some video of the event but in the meantime, check out some performance photos below.  To see the full Flickr album of the evening, click here.

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Come see Broadway perform Alan Menken on Monday! And Support Wingspan Arts!

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Wingspan Arts 15th Anniversary Benefit THIS MONDAY May 22! We have some really amazing performers lined up in addition to some of our incredible student performers. It is going to be a great night!

Here are the great performers that will be singing!

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Tickets here: http://www.celebratewingspanarts.org

Summer Shows Announcement 2017

We are SO excited for this summer’s season at Conservatory! We are coining this year the “fairytale summer”. You can see why below 😉 We hope to see you in August for the performances. More information on times and location as well as ticket information will be posted later on.

The Wingspan Players show will be:

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HONK!

Music by George Stiles
Book and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling

Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out that being different is not a bad thing to be.

Performances August 4th & 5th (more information and ticket information will be posted soon)

The Wingspan Ensemble play will be:

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PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Written by Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair… and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

Performances August 10th – 13th (more information and ticket information will be posted soon)

The Wingspan Ensemble musical will be:

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INTO THE WOODS

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece and a rare modern classic.
The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
Performances August 11th – 13th (more information and ticket information will be posted soon)

Cabaret Troupe Performances!

Come see the amazing Cabaret Troupe perform next month! Tickets are FREE and you can reserve them here: https://wingspanarts.ticketleap.com/cabaret-troupe-2017/

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An evening of songs about fighting back, standing up for what we want, and challenging authority.

March 25 at 7pm

March 26 at 2pm

The Theater at Riverside Church

91 Claremont Avenue, NY, NY 10027

 

SHOW STARRING:

Logan Applin

Alyssa Carter

Lillian Carver

Fiamma Cochrane

Matthew Duer

Nayah Ferris

Bella Friedman

Savannah Lee Henry

Jaelyn Heredia

Jackson Hill

Mariah Hill

Enza Jonas-Giugni

Gates Leonard

Leo Lion

Veronica Marks

Ruby Pine

Maddie Rockwitz

Zoe Senese-Grossberg

Doniella Taylor-Ambersley

Emily Ureña

A Cozy Conservatory Reunion!

In honor of Wingspan Arts’ 15th Anniversary, we are hosting our first ever Conservatory Reunion! If you are a current or former student or Conservatory teaching artist, join us on January 15th (family members are welcome as well)! We will have a Hot Cocoa Bar + treats and we will be playing clips of past Conservatory performances. And, of course, we will have wonderful company 🙂 We hope you can join us as we look forward to seeing you all soon!

 

Please RSVP HERE by January 6th so we can make sure we have enough cocoa to go around!

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Weeks 4 – 6…

Yes, I am writing a post about 3 weeks worth of Summer Conservatory…we just got so busy and were having too much fun 🙂 While I could write a novel about all that happened in the final 3 weeks of Conservatory, I will try to distill it down to some of the most memorable moments. Here goes:

WEEK 4

  • The Wingspan Players had their last classes and their final informal shares were amazing. The Wingspan Players Singing Class also shared their final song “Brand New You” from 13 the Musical in our Company Meeting and it was so impressive!
  • Wingspan Ensemble shows shared teasers of their shows in our Company Meeting too and received incredible feedback from their peers.

WEEK 5

  • Wingspan Players moved over to The Theatre at St. Jean for their tech week and ultimately the opening of their show!
  • The Wingspan Ensemble had their last classes and again the work I saw when I visited the informal shares was extraordinary!
  • The Wingspan Ensemble had a final Company Meeting where the Pop Choir class shared a special birthday song for Nicole as well as the song Photograph by Ed Sheeran. The Seniors also prepared a lovely rendition of To Sir With Love for us all. There were A LOT of tears that day 😉
  • Nick Blaemire, who was in the 2012 Broadway production of Godspell, came to speak with the Wingspan Ensemble members. He had some incredible insight about working in the business and his experiences in Godspell. It was so fun!
  • Shelly Shenoy, a voice over artist and casting director, came to speak with the Wingspan Ensemble Voice Over Class and shared her knowledge and tricks of the trade!
  • The Wingspan Ensemble put together a “spirit week”: Rainbow Day (dress in lots of colors), Time Warp Day, Pajama Day, Crazy Hat/Hair Day, and Show Shirt Day.
  • THE WINGSPAN PLAYERS PERFORMED THE MUSIC MAN! We had a special open dress for the High Schoolers to attend and then they performed a weekend of mostly sold out shows! The performances were so so so so good!

WEEK 6

  • Wingspan Ensemble moved over to The Theatre at St. Jean for their tech week and ultimately the openings of their shows!
  • THE WINGSPAN ENSEMBLE PERFORMED GODSPELL AND OUR TOWN! My goodness was I blown away by the performances I saw last weekend. The audiences were consistently wowed as well!
  • Capathia Jenkins and Lucia Giannetta, who were both in the 2000 Off-Broadway Revival of Godspell, came to see our production of Godspell on opening night and had only the most amazing things to say about it!
  • We gave out 3 Lifer Awards this year! We have a tradition at Summer Conservatory that if you are a student that began with us the summer going into 6th grade and remained in the program until the summer going into 12th grade you receive a “Wingspan Lifer Award”. This year we had 3 of them to give out! Lillian, Nayah, and Veronica began in Summer Conservatory in 2010 and this was their final summer with us. Each award has something on it that represents every show they performed with us over their 7 years.

Below are some select photos from the past couple of weeks and below that is the link to our Flickr page where you can see production photos from all of the shows!

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PRODUCTION PHOTOS ON FLICKR