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!
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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
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:
Come see the incredible Summer Conservatory students perform in The Music Man, Godspell, and Our Town!
Show information and ticket links HERE.
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!
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.
The Summer 2016 Wingspan Ensemble
Photo by Michael Kushner Photography
Check out the great photos from A Taste of Conservatory 2016. What a great night! Thank you again to all of you who attended or supported from afar and, of course, thank you to everyone who participated. We can’t wait to start Summer Conservatory on Tuesday!
All photos by Michael Kushner Photography
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!
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
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:
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:
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:
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.