Friday, October 25, 2013

Broadway actor Gavin Gregory visits First Stage's Advanced Musical Theater class

Gavin Gregory with Advanced Musical Theater Students
First Stage Theater Academy’s new Advanced Musical Theater class (open by audition only, for grades 5-12) commenced with an exciting master class with seasoned Broadway actor Gavin Gregory.  Currently making his debut with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in Ragtime, Gavin shared his experiences auditioning and performing on Broadway.  He sang the song “Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime, and worked with students in small groups on the song, focusing on the musicality and theatricality of the piece.  

While Gavin is making his debut in Milwaukee, he is no stranger to musical theater. He has appeared on Broadway in The Color Purple, The Lion King and Porgy and Bess. He has also been in many productions across the country including Ragtime, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Violet, Chess and Ananse, The African Spiderman and Black Nativity.  Gavin was able to share his vast stage experience while working with the students in an intimate group setting. 

Working with professional artists is an integral part of the class, part of the Academy’s School Year Intensive series.  Students will not only hone their skills, but gain a firm understanding of techniques including how, why and when to use them.  “It’s such a unique experience to be able to work side by side with professionals of this caliber,” said Academy Director Katie Cummings.  “We’re excited to be able to bring in professionals to inspire the students and prompt them to grow as individual artists.”

Advanced Musical Theater is brand new to the list of intensive classes offered by the Academy. This audition-only class of 25 is the perfect opportunity for students who are interested in advancing their musical theater skills and stepping up to the next level of training. Professionals like Gavin will work with these students throughout the year, breaking down elements of singing and dancing, and putting them back together. Students will receive weekly individual feedback as well as work as an ensemble to give them an understanding of techniques, make their performances shine, and create characters using text, music and movement.   


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