Weeks 2 & 3

Time definitely does fly when you are having fun! I can’t believe we are beginning our 4th week today… This is the last week of Wingspan Players classes before they head into their tech week and then performances NEXT WEEK! And the Wingspan Ensemble are still rehearsing and working hard in their classes (they still have 2 weeks of classes left).

Some highlights of the past couple of weeks:

  • The Wingspan Players shared a bit of their show in our Company meeting this past Wednesday and everyone was so impressed and excited!
  • The Wingspan Ensemble took a trip to see Shuffle Along on Broadway (right before it closed!) and everyone was completely blown away by the performances–we all walked away very inspired.
  • The cast of Our Town took a trip to the Lincoln Center Library of the Performing Arts to watch a recording of the David Cromer production of Our Town to gain some insight into how the play all fits together and how the pantomiming looks in action.
  • The cast of Godspell worked on some really impressive lifts in rehearsal and they look so cool!
  • The Wingspan Ensemble planned a picnic in the park a couple weeks ago and it was a huge success.

Here were our featured shout-outs:

“SHOUT OUT TO JACK FOR JUMPING RIGHT IN AS DANCE CAPTAIN AND RUNNING OUR WARM-UPS SO WELL! YOU ARE AWESOME!”


“SHOUT OUT TO TREVOR FOR ALWAYS BEING SOMEONE YOU CAN TALK TO.”

“SHOUT OUT TO GATES FOR ALWAYS GIVING EVERYONE HIGH FIVES IN THE MORNING!”

And here are some photos from the past couple of weeks:

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Week One

I can’t believe it is already Friday. What a week! We are in full swing with all of our classes already. And we cast all of the shows yesterday! Right now, the Wingspan Players are doing their first read through of The Music Man. The Wingspan Ensemble is about to head to their first read throughs in just 30 minutes. There was so much energy and amazing work this week and we are all buzzing with excitement!

We like to feature a “shout out of the week” here on our blog. Shout outs are a way of honoring someone for something you saw them do that was really above and beyond. This year we are specifically looking to shout out people that are going out of their way to uphold our value of Community. Here is this week’s from a new Wingspan Ensemble student:

SHOUT OUT TO VERONICA: VERONICA GAVE ME A BIG HUG WHEN I FIRST WALKED IN. SINCE I AM NEW, IT WAS GREAT TO FEEL SO WELCOMED! 

And here are some fun photos of our first week!

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Day One!

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The Summer 2016 Wingspan Players

What a great start to Summer Conservatory 2016! Everyone is so excited (As you can see in the photo above) and ready to get to work (As you can see in the photo below). We can’t wait to see the incredible things these students accomplish over the next 5-6 weeks! Stay tuned for more fun photos and updates throughout the summer.

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The Summer 2016 Wingspan Ensemble

Join us for A Taste of Conservatory!

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Tickets are on sale now for A Taste of Conservatory! Click here to buy your tickets now!

Join us on Wednesday, June 15th to celebrate Summer Conservatory and 15 years of Wingspan Arts. We’ll have amazing raffle prizes and a performance featuring past and present Conservatory students and teaching artists!

Proceeds from this event benefit our 2016 Summer Conservatory students. We hope you can join us! Get your tickets today!

Summer Conservatory Receives NEA Funding!

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Wingspan Arts is thrilled to announce that we’ve received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support our tuition-free Summer Conservatory program!

Because Conservatory is tuition-free, we rely on generous funders like the NEA who recognize the talent of our students and strength of our program to keep this program going. Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the NEA promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. The NEA will make 1,148 awards totaling $82.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

Thank you, NEA, for your generous support of our students!

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, use #NEASpring2016. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov

Summer Shows Announcement!

It’s the news you have all been waiting for! Last year we coined the summer “The Summer of Blood” considering the season of shows we had. This year I think we will name “The Summer of Love” as all of these shows celebrate and highlight the importance of community, ensemble, friendship, love, family, and all of the wonderful things we focus on at Conservatory every year anyway! We are so excited to get to work on these shows with our incredible teams and students.

  • The Wingspan Players (middle school) show will be: 
 
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THE MUSIC MAN
 
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. 
  • The Wingspan Ensemble (high school) Play will be: 
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OUR TOWN
 
Written by Thornton Wilder
“No curtain. No scenery.” A minimalist theatrical style sets apart the 1938 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Wilder’s greatest and best-known work as a playwright, Our Town opens with the Stage Manager’s introduction to Grover’s Corners, a fictional town in New Hampshire. We then meet the inhabitants of this town and follow their lives through the three acts titled: “Daily Life”, “Love & Marriage”, and of course “Life & Death”. This is one of the most acclaimed and most performed shows of all time and for good reason!
  • The Wingspan Ensemble (High School) Musical will be:
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GODSPELL (2012 Edition)
 
Book by John Michael Tebelak
Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Conceived and Originally Directed by John Michael Tebelak
Based on The Gospel According to St. Matthew
Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from 3-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children Of Eden); and it took the world by storm.
A group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story of Jesus’s life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’s messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.