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.

Cabaret Troupe + MAC

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Cab Troupe students with Lennie, Brett, + Marissa

This year we have the distinct privilege of partnering with MAC on our Cabaret Troupe again! This is the 5th year, I believe, that we have worked with them and we are so thrilled to keep the partnership going. This year, as we did the last couple of years, our Cabaret Troupe students had the opportunity to participate in a Master Class with Lennie Watts and, as usual, it was incredible! The amount of growth and discovery that each student makes in the short time they spend with Lennie is remarkable to watch. Below are some photos from the Master Class.

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After the Master Class, the students auditioned for the MAC Board of Directors for the coveted MAC Award! MAC underwrites a Cabaret Troupe student’s tuition every year and the student they choose also has the opportunity to sing at the big MAC Awards that take place at BB King’s Blues Club in March. This year, they were SO impressed with the students that they chose to sponsor TWO of our students! The winners are: Savannah Lee Henry & Mariah Hill. We are so incredibly proud of these young ladies!

Don’t forget to reserve your tickets to see these wonderful young performers in action! March 19 and March 20–here is the link to reserve seats. 

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! We hope you are all rested and refreshed after the holiday break. We are so excited about all of the fun and exciting things that will be happening in 2016!

The first exciting news we have to share is that Cabaret Troupe kicked off at the beginning of December and we have such a fantastic group of 16 young performers. During our first rehearsal we discussed what we wanted our show to be about this year and the students chose to focus on the theme of “perseverance”. So, with that in mind, we listened to and chose songs that relate to that theme, which we will now work on until March. We can’t wait to share the work with you, so hold the dates and make sure you come see these incredible students perform! Shows will be March 19 and 20–we will post more info on time and location as soon as we have it.

Here is a photo of (most of ) the group posing to thank our incredible donors!

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Exciting Student News!

Here at Wingspan Arts, we love to share exciting news on behalf of our incredible students! Here are some really great things that are happening:

  • CaseyWatkins050R Wingspan Players student, Casey Watkins, just booked the ANNIE National Tour and will be playing Duffy! Make sure you check the tour schedule and go see her shine!
  • 11026201_1582863865308115_7828115553779652991_o Zoe Wilson is at it again with 2 really exciting projects! She just played Bijou in the Roundabout Theater’s developmental reading of the new musical BIJOU AND THE BOTS. She will also be appearing at 54 Below on November 3rd in a presentation of the new musical, DIANA & NAVY & THE GOLDEN TOOTH.
  • Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 3.48.30 PMFormer Wingspan Conservatory student, Aneesa Folds, just hit the road with the RAGTIME National Tour as Sarah’s Friend. Be sure to check out dates and go see her!
  • 12009820_874829002613619_7127311729606402496_nDid you watch footage of the Pope’s visit to NY? Well then you may have caught a glimpse of our student, Asila, performing for him with The Young People’s Chorus!

Students and Alumni: Have exciting news you want us to share? Email Marissa!